What level of copy-editing is for you?

Copy-editing can involve a great variety of features and is typically categorised into three levels:

Level 1 – Light Editing

Light editing is mostly proofreading with very little additional editing or revision. Light editing is appropriate after changes to your content or in the final stages of publication.

You can expect light editing to correct errors in:

  • Spelling & Grammar
  • Capitalisation
  • Tables
  • Style guide compliance. 

Essential to this level of editing is to check whether the use of language is appropriate for the audience to aid ease of understanding.

Level 2 – Medium Editing

Medium editing, also referred to as line editing, is primarily concerned with voice, audience and purpose. It seeks to maintain a single purpose and voice for a single audience.

This level of editing includes all matters relevant to light editing, but also checks for accuracy and consistency, including to check correctness of:

  • Times & Dates.
  • Names.
  • Figures & Calculations.
  • URLs.
  • Abbreviations & Acronyms.
  • Use of gender pronouns.
  • Headers, Subheadings & Titles.

Level 3 – Heavy editing

Also known as content editing or substantive/development editing, heavy editing involves applying all features of light and medium editing, and then delving deeper into the writing style, ensuring it is both absolutely clear and well-organised. This includes highlighting and correcting:

  • Generalisations & Vagueness.
  • Consistency & Flow.
  • Clarity, Tone and Focus.
  • Tenses.
  • Sentence and paragraph structure.
  • Overall organisation.

This could be in the form of suggestions for rewriting or direct corrections as required.

Which level do you require?

The level of copy-editing you require for your content depends entirely on your individual needs and circumstances. If you are still unsure what type of editing you need, we invite you to get in touch with Adept Services to discuss your specific needs further.

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