What writers can expect
THE FOLLOWING ARE EXAMPLES OF HOW I EDIT. THE PARAGRAPH ITSELF CAN BE FOUND ON MANY UNIVERSITY WRITING INSTRUCTION SITES.
Although the paragraph below is readable, it could be tighter with a more logical flow of information. In editing such a paragraph, I highlight the area and make suggestions in WORD side comments (I do not use Track Changes) for the writer to rethink the logic of information flow, the use of opening phrases to modify a sentence’s main idea, and tightening the message. I share the issues I see, make revision suggestions in the comments, and will, if writers wish, actually revise the text. Most writers do not want an editor actually writing for them, so revision examples are put only in the side comments, and writers may choose to use them. (See “Rates” page)
My editing involves the following:
1) pointing out incoherencies and offering suggestions for clarity
2) questioning the meaning/main point of a sentence
3) inquiring how a particular sentence is meant to fit into the topic or main point of a paragraph.
I will actually write a new sentence if I deem it necessary to get my point across as to any problematic areas I see. Writers are welcome to use my suggestions, but they also must make sure a newly formed sentence “fits” into the point of the paragraph.