Different Levels of Editing Explained

Different Levels of Editing Explained
By John A. Huguley © 2019

There are 4 distinctive levels of literary editing.

Developmental Editing - Concept/Idea Level. 
Developmental Editing is at a level typically performed by a writing coach or writing partner. During the developmental stages, a writing coach will review and give feedback on the overall content of the material. Not all writers need Developmental Editing. 

Line Editing or (structural editing) - Book/Chapter Level. 
Line Editing addresses the creativity of the written material. It looks at writing style and language usage. Line Editing will adjust sentances to flow better. However, the goal of Line Editing is not to search the written material for typos, punctuation, and small errors.

Copyediting - Sentence Level. 
Copyediting is to address technical flaws rather than the creativity. It corrects grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors. It looks for consistency in spelling, hyphenations, numerals, and capitalization. Copyediting also looks for factual correctness in statements like dates, locations. This is particularly important for non-fiction material.

Proofreading - Word Level. 
Proofreading looks for - and fixes typos, punctuation, spelling, and other small errors.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

John A. Huguley
Freelance Editor and Writer

Also see Why Use An Editor?

© 2019