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The Editfast Four Step Editing Plan
At EditFast our goal is to help you achieve your goal. We
understand that communication between the author and the editor is the key to
this process, and our Four Step Editing Plan facilitates this interaction.
This is your document, and you have worked hard to get it to this final stage.
Our job is to make it shine so that publishers and the public will be happy
to accept it as a clean submission and be immediately impressed with
the professionalism shown in your writing.
The following is a general outline of what happens to your documents after
being submitted to EditFast for editing. The difference between a simple proofread
and a substantial edit/rewrite is in the details. A substantial edit/rewrite
would include steps one through four. A simple proofread would require only
step four. For more information about the types of editing services we offer
see this page: Types of Editing
STEP ONE: Discussion
We discuss the type of editing you want and come to an agreement on the needs
of the document and your needs as well. We will discuss the style of writing
you would like as well as your target audience. The answer to these and other questions will determine the general
course of the project.
STEP TWO: Initial Edit
Depending on your needs and the needs of the document, the initial edit may
include the following:
Consistency of terminology and facts (Your input may be necessary here and
depending on the scope of the research needed this may take extra time. If
needed, this is calculated for and included in our initial free
Organizational consistency and logic
Miscellaneous items concerning professional manuscripts
Revision of the above to present a polished, ready to publish, professional
Throughout this initial edit there will be continuous
communication (only if you wish and only if necessary)
between the editor and the author to make sure
there is no misunderstanding and no discrepancy
between your intent or meaning and our understanding
of the document.
Once the Initial Edit is finished we will send you the manuscript with all
changes recorded through the "Track Changes" function of MS Word or in any format
you desire. There will also be numerous questions and comments interspersed
throughout the document. Your option at that time will be to check the entire
document and make notes about our changes, questions, and comments. The more
detailed the notes are, the easier it will be for the editors in the third step.
Specifics are needed here and specific passages/errors/changes to be made,
must be pointed out and highlighted by you. However, if there are general concerns
about the overall direction then we must be made aware of them as well. We must
be made aware of any conflicts with your original intent at all stages.
Of course, if you have no questions and are happy with the document, then the
process is finished.
STEP THREE: Second Edit
This is the Second Edit and will incorporate
your answers to the questions posed in the Initial
Edit as well as any further changes you feel are
necessary. At this stage, we may have some questions
about your questions and comments about
your comments. This is the critical stage
where detailed communication between the editor
and the author may be necessary with opinions
and ideas being exchanged freely.
As you can see, our preliminary discussion in
Step One is rather important. We want what you
want, but we must understand what that is to begin
with. The more we can discuss what your intentions
are, what it is you wish to convey to the audience,
and what style you wish to use to convey your
ideas, the better the final result will be.
STEP FOUR: Final Proofread
We always give the document one last proofread
because of the changes that may have been necessary
in the previous steps. A final proofread includes
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Logical sentence and paragraph
I would truly love to help you with your editing
needs, and I hope the above information will convince
you of the expertise and professionalism
of all the editors at EditFast. I hope we can
be of service to you in the near future.