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“Edit your manuscript until your fingers bleed and you have memorized every last word. Then, when you are certain you are on the verge of insanity...edit one more time!”
― CK Webb

The editing process has three different stages: Developmental, Substantive, and Copy Editing.

Unfortunately, most amateur writers only lightly copy edit their work, or proofread it (which is a different stage of the publishing process).

We know you don't want to appear amateur with your writing, do you? Therefore, it's important to understand the different stages of editing, and why you need to hire a professional editor.

1. Developmental

First of all, our editor grades your content for quality. Then they plan and restructure it to establish a clear message and call to action. You will be working closely with the editor. If your content needs significant restructuring, it may need to be rewritten more than once.

2. Substantive

Next, the substantive editor goes through the document line by line. As a result, they make changes to the text which improves clarity, logic, and flow. This cuts out repetition and wordy sentences which may confuse the reader. This stage is also known as Line Editing.

3. Copy Editing

Finally, the copy editor improves the formatting, style, and accuracy of the content prior to it being typeset. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors are corrected. Facts are checked, and any potential legal issues are addressed.

Learn more about the publishing process with Deb Donnell's book, Creating Published Diamonds. Available from Keswin Publishing. 

"I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter."
—Blaise Pascal, French Mathematician and Philosopher, 1623-1662

Our mission at Writing Diamonds is to empower you to communicate with clarity, succinctness, and the passion that burns within you.

Our editors take your content through the three stages of editing. Above all, they work closely with you, retaining the original meaning, tone and voice of your writing.

Therefore, if you have valuable rough writing diamonds, then contact us now to discuss how we can help you grade, plan, and cut them into gem-quality diamonds for you.

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