When I edit, ensuring a positive reader experience becomes my main priority. My goal is to maintain the voice of an author/brand while providing clarity to readers.
Reading and Note Taking
It is important to always read through a piece in its entirety once or twice before making any editorial changes. During my first read-through, I take note of potential grammar and style adjustments needed in the writing.
Editing and Prioritizing
Depending on the length of the writing and the time I have for an editing project, I will make a priority list based on the notes from my initial read-throughs. Priority lists help increase efficiency of an editing project and recognize certain grammar issues need to be attended to before others. The goal is to make the author shine. To maintain the author’s voice, the goal is to only edit things necessary.
Querying and Communicating
I see the writer-editor partnership as a team. When a change in an author’s writing would be too intrusive, then I write a query to the author. Queries are questions and comments sent to the author to address clarifications and changes that need to be made beyond my editorial jurisdiction.
When I send a query to the author, I present potential solutions, describe the reason a change needs to be made, or ask for permission to make a change. This collaboration keeps an author involved and improves the experience of the reader.
Editing for an Organization:
Editing for an organization is different than editing for a single author, because an organization’s brand, tone, and professionalism needs to remain consistent (unless a conscious change in content strategy is being implemented). In this way, editing for organizations prioritizes the style guide of the organization above the voice of an individual author.
To effectively design, write, or edit for an organization, I complete a communications audit. You can learn more about how I complete a communications audit by seeing how I would join your team.