Mike mentoring a group of Japanese business people on the Gold Coast

Whether you want blogs for your website, a corporate procedures manual or a research paper, Mike can probably help you.

Editing takes many forms from document conception and development to final proof-reading and layout checking. Whatever your level of writing expertise or task requirement, having an experienced writer and editor working alongside you, can help you achieve your goals with the least possible stress.

Whether you are a student writing for a college assignment or a small business seeking to develop product or service brochures or a  blog to build a customer community  Mike can help. He has forty years experience as a writer and 20 years experience running his own business,  in Australia and overseas. This provides a unique skill set and a broad base of knowledge that he can use to your benefit.

For formal documents Mike will work to a corporate style sheet or manual if required; otherwise by default he will work to the specifications of the Australian Style Manual and the Macquarie Dictionary.

For more informal texts such as blogs and informational material Mike is skilled in informal styles that get the message across.

Each service includes a face-to-face meeting with the author at the outset and at each review stage.

Development editing and mentoring

Development editing basically means looking at the ‘bigger picture’ of a book or assignment and working with the author to develop the structure, organisation, flow, content and tone of the material, rather than purely the language. From the outset, the development editor can work with the author in a mentoring role helping develop the author’s talents and providing guidance to him/her.

Manuscript editing

Manuscript editing, also called copy editing or line editing, requires attention to every word in a manuscript, a thorough knowledge of the style to be followed and the ability to make quick, logical, and defensible decisions. It is undertaken only when a manuscript has been accepted for publication. It may include both mechanical editing (service 012A) and substantive editing (service 012B). It is distinct from developmental editing, which addresses more radically the content of a work, the way material should be presented, the need for more or less documentation and how it should be handled, and so on. Since development editing may involve concept development or the total rewriting or reorganisation of a work, it should be undertaken, if needed, before manuscript editing begins.

Full manuscript editing usually involves going through a manuscript three times: once to do the initial editing, easily the longest stage; a second time to review, refine, and sometimes correct any remaining inconsistencies in the initial editing; and a third time following the author’s review.

As a careful editor, Mike begins the initial editing stage by looking through the entire document to assess the nature and scope of the work that will be required, to identify any matters that should be clarified with the author before editing proper begins and to reduce the number of surprises that could cause delays if discovered later in the process.

Mike edits each element in a work (main text, notes, tables, bibliography, etc.) separately to help attain consistency. Whatever the procedure, all elements must be compared to ensure that the notes match their text references, the tables correspond to any discussion of them in the text, and so on. An editor should also provide you with a style sheet outlining the stylistic changes made to the document.

Mechanical editing

Manuscript editing involves two processes. The first, of these is concerned with the mechanics of written communication and is known as mechanical editing. It refers to ensuring consistency in capitalisation, spelling, hyphenation, table formatting, use of abbreviations, and so forth; correctness of punctuation, including ellipsis points, parentheses, and quotation marks; the way numbers are treated; consistency between text, tables, and illustrations; citation format; and other matters of style. Mechanical editing also includes attention to grammar, syntax, and usage at the most basic level.

Substantive editing

Substantive editing deals with the organisation and presentation of existing content. It involves rephrasing for smoothness or to eliminate ambiguity, reorganizing or tightening, reducing or simplifying documentation, recasting tables, and other remedial activities. (It should not be confused with developmental editing, a more drastic process.)

Who needs these services?

Development editing involves working with a writer in the pre-writing stage. It involves defining purpose, developing structure and researching the topic. Development editing is provided as a mentoring service and can be purchased in blocks of ten or twenty hours.

Manuscript editing is undertaken once a writer has a first draft of the document they are writing. This form of editing can be undertaken either on the basis of number of words (quoted in blocks of 1,000 words) or as an extension of the mentoring service.

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