Kerning Editorial Line Editing

We will help make every sentence count so you can focus on the message.

In the line editing phase, we review your copy line by line, refining the tone and ensuring a natural flow from one sentence to the other within the big picture. Line editing includes re-writing at a sentences level to achieve a cohesive tone and style. Each line is assessed to make sure your voice and message remain effective.

Here are some questions we ask ourselves while line editing:

  • Is the writer’s voice maintained throughout?
  • Is their point of view consistent?
  • If there are shifts in point of view or tone, do they make the transition logically?
  • Can clarity be better achieved with a different word choice?
  • Can fewer words say the same thing?

Line editing comes after a developmental edit and before a copy edit. It can be applied to both fiction and non-fiction projects across all industries. We make sure the final product shows your creative talent in exactly the light you intend.

Kerning Editorial Copy Editing

While copy editing focuses on sentence level revision, we ensure consistency across the larger project. See below for a detailed list of what our copy editing services offer.

  • Correct typographical errors, grammar, and syntax while maintaining the author’s style and voice
  • Correct punctuation and dialogue tags
  • Maintain consistent style throughout the document: spelling, capitalization, hyphens, ellipses, dates, spaces, indents, etc.
  • Indicate continuity problems and offer suggestions
  • Flag inconsistencies in content: names, years, ages, setting, motivation, and internal document facts from one page to the next
  • Verify basic facts such as geography, dates, and accuracy of plot timelines
  • Flag potential copyright issues when recognized, relating to photos, artwork, and other copyrighted material not owned or cited by the writer
  • Flag repetition and offer solutions
  • Indicate ambiguous content
  • Indicate jargon and acronyms if the meaning is unclear
  • Ensure citation format follows the agreed upon style guide
  • Meticulously follow style guides as requested
  • Establish new style guides if required
  • Set up complimentary word lists that will ensure consistency throughout the document and organization-wide communication

Kerning Editorial Proofreading

Proofreading is the final step before publishing. It is preceded by several layers of editing and is considered a final surface check. Proofreading is not industry specific and can be applied to any form of copy.

  • Correct errors in grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation
  • Ensure consistency in formatting, pagination, and typography (fonts)
  • Correct capitalization, hyphenation, and incorrect word usage
  • Surface fact check on any obvious notations
  • Check for accuracy on graphs, tables, and illustrations
  • Flag inconsistencies in color on web pages, book covers, and internal headings
  • Maintain consistency of style guides

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