As part of our scope of services, we offer substantive editing, copyediting, light copyediting, and proofreading. All editorial projects are assigned to a primary editor and then reviewed by a second, “read-behind” editor who checks that the document reads smoothly and no errors have been introduced.
Proofreading includes review of a single copy (or comparing live files against dead files) for typographical errors and format errors. This option is best for material that has been copyedited and is close to being a final product. Clients often ask us to do a final readthrough of a document that is ready to go out the door. This step catches any last-minute errors that may occur in the final formatting rounds.
Light copyediting means we correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation; eliminate inconsistencies in capitalization, compounding, number style, and abbreviations; and edit to a particular style, either the client’s or a standard style manual such as Chicago or GPO. A light copyedit is often requested for materials that the client wants to be error-free and in the correct style, but not to have the tone or voice changed.
Copyediting includes all the light copyediting task PLUS rewording for clarity and applying a consistent style to footnotes and bibliography. We regularly copyedit complex research papers that must remain highly technical, but need to adhere to style and citation rules and be queried for readability.
Substantive editing includes copyediting tasks PLUS rewriting awkward sentences, eliminating redundancies, writing transitions, and adding heads and subheads. A substantive edit is best for draft manuscripts or books by multiple authors that need to be given a consistent tone or voice.
TalentMEDIA employs writers as well as editors. Our writers assist clients in developing original content for websites, marketing collateral, and other published material. Any content that is provided by one of our writers goes through the same proofing and copyediting process that any other client’s material would go through. It’s a time-tested process that has provided quality control for our TalentMEDIA experts for more than 40 years.