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  • Looks at the overall structure, clarity, and consistency of your work.

  • Includes a comprehensive report on the text that identifies its strengths and weakness. This report also gives detailed suggestions for how the manuscript may be improved, including a summary, chapter-by-chapter suggestions, and suggestions for restructuring if needed.

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  • Corrects spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, word usage, etc. while preserving the meaning and voice of the original text.

  • Aligns the text to the correct style (Chicago, MLA, or APA) required by a publisher, OR creates a style sheet as a reference for the self-publishing author.

  • Evaluates basic formatting consistency such as tables, figures, and other images.

  • Evaluates quoted material for needed reprint permissions.

  • Edits completed bibliography/works cited for appropriate style and consistency (if applicable).

  • Edits Footnotes or End Notes for cross reference errors and consistency.

  • Provides a list of any textual inconsistencies to be discussed with the author.

  • Edits final version, called a proof, of your text or manuscript for typographical errors without reading against any previous copy, draft, or proofs.

  • Queries and corrects errors or inconsistencies that may have been missed by previous readers.

  • Checks proof against typesetting specifications of the publisher, if provided by the author.

  • Checks overall typesetting consistency such as headings, page numbers, table of contents, image or illustration numbers, footnotes or endnotes, font consistency, margins, inserts, widows and orphans, indentation, etc.

  • Reads page proofs or the final text and compiles an alphabetical index of references to names, terms, and concepts in the text to be used as a reference and research tool.

  • Chooses, groups, and consolidates page references under main headings, subheadings, and cross-references to be as concise and user-friendly as possible.

  • Includes step-by-step editing services to get you from the first draft to the final proof. Or, pick and choose the individual services you need.

  • Saves you time and money by having an editor already familiar with your work guide you through each stage, rather than having different editors read your text for the first time and give different and potentially confusing feedback at different draft stages of your text.

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