Editing and Proofreading: Fiction and Non-Fiction | Lia Marus
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Editing and proofreading: fiction and non-fiction


Writing anything – be it a book, article or poem – is like giving birth to a baby. There are many stages to the process – such as editing, proofreading and layout – and it may take a very long time – sometimes even longer than the nine months!


After having done so much work on getting your thoughts and emotions down on paper, you want it to be the best it can be. You don’t want anyone to criticise it. You want it to be perfect and you want to be proud of it.


This is what the editor does. He or she works with the writer and helps to mould and shape it into something that the author can be proud of. What a great editor will do is to be sensitive to the writer’s voice and make sure that he or she respects it. I am one such editor.


During my career, I’ve been involved in a number of facets of editing and proofreading:


  • Sub-editing at a B2B Publishing House: Here we were responsible for quality checking approximately 10 magazines on a monthly basis. The sub-editing process would involve our team checking the Word documents containing all stories which were to appear in the particular magazine that month. We would check them for language errors, consistency and house style.
  • Proofreading at a B2B Publishing House:  During the magazine production process, after the magazine had been laid out by the graphic designer, the sub-editing team would need to check it in order to ascertain that no errors had crept in during the design process.
  • Fiction: During my freelance career, I’ve been involved in editing and proofreading both adult and children’s fiction pieces.


Texts that I have experience in are:


  • Marketing material, such as brochures,
  • Website copy, and
  • Magazine copy.

If you would like to enquire about how I could assist you in editing or proofreading your document, please follow this link.