“The difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the same as the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.”  ~Mark Twain

Mark Twain nailed it. Only the right words count.

In both online and print editing, I consider each word’s purpose. I look how precise, descriptive, and convincing it is, or if it’s even necessary. This is especially important in online text, where nearly right words can be useless or confusing and send readers elsewhere.

There are different types of editing or level of detail.

Developmental editing is about the big picture and the writer’s work as a whole. It is more collaborative than copyediting or proofreading. Comments are often reviewed and discussed with the writer before any changes are made.

Copyediting is about the details, such as checking facts, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting.

Proofreading is about checking for any errors in the final product, such as typos, missing or repeated words, and extra spaces.

Tell me about your editing project. I’ll provide you with direction and feedback on ways to improve your writing so it is successful and ready to go out into the world.