The 11 Types of Editing You Need for Your Content
The 11 Types of Editing You Need for Your Content
If you’ve just finished writing your article, blog post or book and are looking to publish it right away – stop. Take a step back and consider this: Has your document gone through any sort of editing process by someone other than you? If not, you should seriously consider hiring an editor. I may write and edit articles for a living, but that doesn’t mean I trust myself to catch every mistake in something that I wrote, especially if I proofread at the last minute. I need a fresh pair of eyes familiar with different types of editing for that.
The Different Types of Editing
Before you start looking for an editor, you should first figure out what type of editing service you require. You can find many freelance editors and content editing services on the internet, but you need to make sure the one you choose can really meet your needs. Consider many of the common types of editing necessary these days:
1. Tables, Legends, and Other Media
Some types of editors will look over the data in your articles, such as graphs, legends and tables. Other editors may look at images and, sometimes, videos. This type of media content editor may help you to decide the best way to present your visual content. They can also help to fact-check some of your data and statistics to make sure they are relevant and add to the flow of the content. There are many different types of editing in media, so this is a broad segment.
Many journalistic articles and academic publications require extensive bibliographies or literature citations. This is when reference editing, fact-checking or citation editing can be useful, especially if your article must follow a specific citation format. If you’re blogging for business, you should also make sure your citations are correct and conform to company or brand style guides.
Indexing editors look through a work and create an index of names, places, or other important information using special indexing software. This type of editing is slightly different than creating citations. It is useful for preparing reference materials for publication.
Every publication has strict rules regarding the formatting of its articles or stories. You may need format editing to ensure your article or e-book will meet the requirements for your desired publisher. This type of editing looks at fonts, line and paragraph spacing, use of bullet points and headings and overall structure.
A review edit should note both the pros and cons of your content. Review editing is useful to point out issues in your work, such as when something doesn’t quite make sense, is incomplete, is ambiguous or is otherwise problematic. This type of edit can be particularly useful for looking over a publication that will be subject to a peer review or for a manuscript being pitched to a publisher. It is also known as evaluation editing. This type of editing can help to improve your writing or those writing for you (such as a freelance writer or content writing service). If you have consistent projects with the same writers completing the assignments, review editing can be a valuable tool.
Of the many editing services available, proofreading is the most basic there is. A proofreader will look over your work and fix issues with grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling and word use. While there are many automated spell-checkers out there, they don’t catch everything. A proofread ensures that your content writing at least meets all of the basic eye test, so readers aren’t immediately put off by blatant spelling and grammar errors.
Also known as substantive editing, developmental editing is one of the most time-consuming. The editor looks over the book or article to make changes to organization and structure. With fiction writing, there may be major changes to characterization and plot. When you need someone to seriously scrutinize your work and help adjust it, you need substantive editing.
Copyediting can include a close look at the content of a piece, such as coherence and subject matter. Copyeditors also tend to carefully go over grammar, word use and punctuation. Copyediting is particularly useful for articles in news publications or blogs. Most content editing services provide a form of editing in this realm, since it can be a huge help to businesses creating content marketing copy but don’t have the bandwidth or skillset to go through each piece themselves.
Project editing can take on many different meanings depending on what you need edited. You can find editors who will look over your timeline or schedule for project completion and make adjustments.
If you are ghostwriting or need to make sure your writing matches a specific style, then stylistic editing may be necessary. Stylistic editors can examine the reference material and compare how your style matches the original. This type of editing may be necessary if you are looking to pitch an article to an existing publication with strict style and voice requirements. This type of editing is also very helpful when trying to ghostwrite and mimic the voice of a personality, executive or brand that has an extensive amount of content previously written.
Structural editing is similar to developmental or substantive editing. This type of editing examines the structure of a written piece – such as the plot and content flow. Structural editing can also encompass stylistic and copyediting. It is one of the more comprehensive forms of editing and is especially useful for novels or articles being submitted to a journal or for peer review.
Different Kinds of Editing for Every Need
Editing encompasses so many different avenues these days that you can usually find a professional editor or content editing service to meet your needs. On top of that, with so much content being put out on the web every day the need for editing has never been greater! Even if you have an extensive copywriter portfolio and consider yourself a grammar whiz, it’s beneficial to have professional editing services look over any text before it goes live or is published. What other types of editing are relevant to modern writers? Which type of editing has benefited you the most? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!