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Types of Editing

Copy Editing
Mechanical Editing
Formatting

Copy Editing
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A copy-editor makes sure that an author's raw text, or copy, is correct in terms of spelling and grammar and is easy to read so that readers can grasp his or her ideas. A copy-editor also tries to prevent embarrassing errors of fact, alerts the publisher to any possible legal problems and ensures that the typesetter can do a good job.

What does a copy-editor do?
Professional copy-editors correct errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, style and usage. However, copy-editing is not just about dotting Is and crossing Ts. Editors also tackle the following: What does a copy-editor not do?

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Mechanical Editing
Mechanical editing requires attention to technical elements, including spelling, hyphenation, capitalization, punctuation, treatment of numbers, use of abbreviations, and format of notes, bibliographies, and reference lists.

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Formatting
More than anything, interior formatting and cover design provide a professional polish to a book. Ii is essential to get issues like spine width and margin width right. Firms like Createspace is a print-on-demand publisher have templates and checking systems. It's worth using them to get a feel for what's needed.

Of course, you can use them exclusively but it may be cheaper to use a local printer for your personal copies.


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