copy-editing

Copy editing is also known as ce is the work of an editor to improve the accuracy/style/formatting of a manuscript and prepare it for publication. Copy editing or line editing as it is sometimes called in publishing circles, is the painstaking job of going through a manuscript line by line to correct the spelling, grammar and punctuation.

In the world of publishing, helvetica is not a holiday resort, curly quotes aren’t a cheese snack, and a bastard title is really nothing to be ashamed about. Likewise, bullets, daggers, and back slashes are rarely fatal. And dead copy is often livelier than it sounds.

Importance and Role of Copyediting:

When one is in a creative state, rarely can one also be in a detail state. Thus, mistakes in correct grammar, spelling and continuity of all details may happen. Copyediting process involves reading the content for English grammar, spelling, story, flow and understandability. It also involves checking consistency in visual design, testing links, and ensuring accurate reading.

Steps involved in Copyediting:

1) Looking the content from the reader’s point of view:
2) Looking for answers:
3) Reading for grammar, spelling and style:
4) Checking punctuation and use of quotation marks:
5) Making sure names are spelled correctly:
6) Create consistent text formatting:
7) Watch out for arbitrary shifts in color:
Color can enhance comprehension or it can make the document look confusing or cluttered. If link colors are specified in your HTML document, check that these colors are applied consistently throughout the work. Do all links not yet followed appear in the same color? Do all links previously visited appear in the same color? Do different link colors indicate different types of links – and this is made clear to the reader.