Content editing is a non-grammatical edit that focuses on big-picture elements that make or break a story. These are issues that a proofreader or copy editor will not address or be able to fix. They include the following:
- Thematic issues
- Major Plot Issues
- Major Character Development Issues
- Language — Is It Right for Your Genre’s Audience?
- Showing vs. Telling
- Inconsistencies in Character Behavior, Speech, Motives
All editing is done in one round (or pass) using Track Changes. In-depth feedback from the editor is included in the document. An additional document summarizing the editor’s comment may be included at the editor’s discretion. Edits are based on current editions of The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary unless otherwise stated. For UK, Australian, etc. authors who wish to retain their English spelling, an appropriate dictionary is used.