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Types of Editing

In this series, I ask ChatGPT a question about self-publishing, and I respond to their response. Today, the topic is types of editing.

What ChatGPT Says about the types of editing:

Q: What are the different types of editing?

There are several different types of editing, including:

1. Developmental editing: This type of editing focuses on the overall structure, organization, and content of a manuscript. It is typically done at the early stages of the writing process.

2. Copyediting: This type of editing focuses on grammar, punctuation, spelling, and other language-related issues. It is typically done after the manuscript has been developed but before it is typeset or published.

3. Proofreading: This type of editing is the final step in the editing process and focuses on finding and correcting any remaining errors in the manuscript before it is published.

4. Line editing : This type of editing focuses on the sentence-level issues, such as sentence structure, word choice, and clarity.

5. Content editing : This type of editing focuses on the manuscript’s overall content, story, character development, pacing, and style, making sure that the manuscript is complete, coherent, and engaging.

6. Stylistic editing : This type of editing focuses on the manuscript’s style, including the author’s tone, voice, and writing style, making sure that the manuscript is consistent and engaging.

7. Technical editing : This type of editing focuses on the manuscript’s technical accuracy, making sure that the manuscript is accurate and free from errors in technical terms and data.

What Anna Says:

This list seems to be in any order. In addition, when I pressed the ‘Regenerate Response’ button, it gave a variation of the response each time. I had to do this a few times, as previous times the response was incomplete (e.g. it just stopped in the middle of a sentence).

The important thing about having an editor do a specific type of editing for you, is that you both have a clear understanding of what types of editing you (as an author) are looking for. There are also standard rates for different types of editing, charged per word.

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