What Do Editors Do?
Most editors do more than just copyediting and proofreading. Here are some of the other services an editor may provide.
Adaptations: Revising content created for one medium to be adapted to another medium.
Copyediting/Line Editing: Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style. May also include fact-checking and eliminating gender or ethnicity bias.
Developmental editing: Developing a project from the initial proposal to a final product.
Indexing: Developing an alphabetical list of names and subjects that are found in a work, along with page numbers where they appear.
Proofreading: Reviewing edited proof pages for errors and omissions. May also include checking cross-references.
Research: Gathering information to support information in new or existing text.
Rewriting: Creating new text based on existing text. May involve additional research or the addition of totally new material.
Structural/Substantive editing: Clarifying or reorganizing text for content and structure. May also involve some rewriting.
Technical editing: Editing technical texts to ensure readability and to make sure author’s meaning is made clear.
Transcription: Transcribing and editing taped material, including interviews, discussions, conference proceedings, etc.
Website editing: Reviewing Web pages for coherence, content, language, and usage, and making sure length and links are appropriate.