“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
-Dr. Maya Angelou
What We Offer
Here at Wildwood Editing, our mission is to help your message shine: we do everything from making small, polishing touches to helping you restructure more challenging content to better reach your audience.
Every project’s needs are different; please contact us for a quote so we can help you evaluate the level of editing needed and factor in your requested timeline. Please note, however, that while we typically operate on a project basis rather than an hourly one, our pricing structure is guided by the standards of the Editorial Freelance Association.
Most of the editing and revising we do falls into one of the three following categories:
Proofreading (The “Final Eye”)
The lightest option, proofreading is best for established content that simply needs a second set of eyes to check for typos, simple grammatical errors, and formatting issues. Spellcheck is helpful, but it won’t catch everything! New writers and professionals alike will benefit from a “final eye” to catch any straggling errors before hitting “publish.”
This option is common for projects like website reviews and business proposals, where you already have established copy and just need to make sure everything is clean and professional. It’s also beneficial for newsletters and articles by authors who are confident in their writing structure, but type quickly and don’t have the time or inclination to pore over their work to verify that it is error-free and ready to be released into the wild.
Copyediting is the most common choice for those who seek editorial assistance, as it is a much broader service. Copyediting covers the mechanics of your writing (should that word be hyphenated? are those quotation marks punctuated properly? is your style consistent throughout your work?) as well as correcting any inconsistencies, omissions, spelling errors, and grammatical issues.
“The goal of the copyeditor is to enforce inviolable rules while respecting [the author’s] personal stylistic preferences.”
-Amy Einsohn, The Copyeditor’s Handbook
The level of copyediting you need will depend on both the content and your timeframe. If you know you’re prone to misusing homophones (rain/rein/reign), never know where to put the punctuation in a quotation, or aren’t certain if your individual writing voice stays consistent throughout your work, copyediting is a great place to start.
Please note, as seen in Amy’s quote above, that copyediting does not entail rewriting your work, and it is critical to the editor that your unique voice remains clear despite any changes. We are here to make sure your message will be accessible and clear to your audience without the distraction or confusion caused by errors and inconsistencies; the words and message remain authentically yours!
Content Editing (Substantive/Developmental)
Content or substantive editing is a more extensive form of copyediting that deals with the flow, structure, and organization of your writing. This usually happens earlier in the writing process, where lighter copyediting happens nearer to the end and proofreading fills the final step before publishing. The editor will work together with the author to clarify the mission and audience for the project, and advise on the overall organization of your work.
Overall, we’re here to help you grow your audience and your impact by delivering clear, authentic content—in whatever way best suits your needs.
Not sure which option is right for you? Please contact us with any questions and we’ll help you figure out which one is the best fit!