Editing 101: Your Guide to the Different Types of Editing
Ready to publish your book? Here’s something you should keep in mind before handing in your manuscript: your book isn’t finished simply because you’re done writing it.

You still have to work toward transforming your book into the best version it can be by making sure it is error-free—and that means getting your work edited.
But what exactly do we mean by ‘editing’?
Not all editing is alike. Depending on the kind of review your book needs, getting it edited can involve different processes: proofreading, copy-editing, line editing, content editing, or developmental editing.

Here at Xlibris, we offer core and advanced editing services that can help you polish and tighten your prose.
Let’s first focus on copy-editing, one of our core services.
What is copy-editing?
copy-edit: Edit (text to be printed) by checking its consistency and accuracy.
How can our copy editors help improve your book?
Using the Oxford Guide to Style as foremost reference, they will correct errors in:
Spelling and word usage
We will also be including suggestions where we think some sentences can be improved or recast for coherence, conciseness, and readability.
Sentence structure
Coherence in your transition of ideas
Consistency in style
What other editing services do we offer?
Not all manuscripts will need a copy-edit. Others will only require a quick review, while the rest will benefit from a more in-depth check.
Line Editing Content Editing
Do you only require basic editing for your work? Our professional editors will review your manuscript for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Need help with sentence structure and grammar? A content editor will review your work for spelling and grammatical errors, consistency, word usage, and accuracy.
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Content Editing Plus Developmental Editing
Think your book needs a more extensive check? Our content editors will review your work’s accuracy and will focus on a more extensive restructuring of sentences. Want your edit to include a wider scope? One of our developmental editors will review your manuscript and identify the big-picture elements that need to be improved. A content editor will also assist you in checking your manuscript for errors in grammar.
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Not sure what kind of editing your book needs?
With our editorial assessment service, our team of editors will help you identify the parts of your work that need to be polished. We will give you a general assessment of your manuscript and a commentary toward improving it.