Levels of Editing


There are several levels of editing and, the package you require will depend on the stage you are at with your manuscript.

The guide below will give you an idea of the areas each level of service offers. You can download this as a PDF Creating Perfection – Levels of Editing

Structural/Developmental editing Line Editing Copy-editing Proofreading
Book Level Sentence level Sentence and word levels Sentence, word, and layout levels
Chapter and scene structuring to enhance comprehension Paragraph and section breaks Paragraph and section breaks Paragraph and section breaks
Relevance to intended audience Appropriate grammar and syntax Repetition of words and phrases Correct page and chapter sequencing
Information – nothing missing from plot lines are there any unanswered questions? Authentic phrasing Clarity of meaning – are you saying what you want to say? Word choice
Does the plot make sense? Clarity of meaning – are you saying what you want to say? Consistency in minor plot/character details Dialogue punctuation
Characterisation – authentic and engaging Clear dialogue Word choice Stacked hyphens
Point of view – consistent and unambiguous Conciseness Chapter sequencing Basic formatting
Pace – is the reader’s experience optimised or hindered by the pace? Consistency in plot/character details Dialogue punctuation Standard and consistent spelling and punctuation
Narrative flow – does the narrative drive the novel forward? Word choice Similarities in names, events, etc. Standard grammar and syntax
Sentence flow Standard and consistent spelling and punctuation Indentation
Similarities in names, events, etc. Standard grammar and syntax
Readability Indentation