Editing

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The simpler you say it, the more eloquent it is. — August Wilson

Fluent in the rules of the English language, Tahirah Shadforth transforms congested writing into plain, concise writing. During the course of her work, she removes all the mistakes in grammar, spelling, and punctuation that can make writing look unfinished. She refines major points and organizes content for best impact and readability, making sure that ideas flow logically and conclusions are sound. She also looks for variety in word choice, trims verbiage, and ensures that vocabulary matches the intended audience in terms of age, knowledge, and suitability.

On the technical side, Tahirah checks facts and quotations for any inaccuracies that may hurt the writer’s credibility. She also ensures that documents have uniformity in style and formatting and adhere to corporate and publishing standards.

Types of editing

  • Substantive/structural editing: clarifying or reorganizing a document for content and structure.
  • Stylistic editing: clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, polishing language, and other non-mechanical line-by-line editing.
  • Copyediting: editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and for internal consistency of facts; editing tables, figures, and lists.
  • Proofreading: checking proofs of formatted, edited material for adherence to design and for minor, mechanical errors in copy (e.g., spelling mistakes or small deviations from style sheet).

Reference materials

Tahirah primarily uses the following reference materials in her work:

  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications
  • The Chicago Manual of Style
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
  • American Medical Association Manual of Style
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

Contact Tahirah to request an estimate or to learn more about her editing services.