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— Editing Samples —

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These editing samples from various projects give you a better idea of what kind of changes might be made to your own writing and what those would look like. 

Red text is editorial comments, blue text is new writing, and highlights show areas that need attention or re-wording. 


1) This first one is an example of Heavy Copyediting on a memoir that also required Developmental Editing. In this case, the author needed to provide more detail and expansion.    

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2)  This next one is an example of Substantive Line Editing from a convoluted manuscript that had been re-translated several times. I helped the author make sense of the incomprehensible language. The first sample is from the original draft, and the second is the edited draft.  

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3)  This is from a novel that required both Developmental and Substantive Line Editing. The author's ideas exceeded his experience; most notable in this section is the stilted, halting language and awkward exposition. The first sample is from the original draft, and the second is the edited draft.  

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4)  Lastly, we have Basic Copyediting from a theological journal article with quotes, references, and footnotes. 

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