The following are some of the main elements to be checked during copy-editing, adapted from Judith A. Tarutz, Technical Editing: The Practical Guide for Editors and Writers (1992).
At this stage, the emphasis is on rights and wrongs, ‘matters of correctness’.
During copy-editing, the editor checks the organisation at sentence and paragraph level.
When all these factors are considered systematically and corrected (with rewriting if required), even the ‘roughest’ raw draft copy can be transformed into a thing of elegance and beauty. Most important of all, it will be a more effective commercial tool, writing that works well and won’t let you down with mistakes, poor structure, inconsistencies and sloppy formatting.
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