What editors do

An editor can:

  • act as an impartial first reader before you launch your words on the world
  • structure your documents logically
  • choose the right style and language
  • help you use illustrations to advantage
  • remove ambiguity and clarify your meaning
  • correct grammar and spelling
  • simplify obscure language and bureaucratic, technical or specialist jargon
  • help you get straight to the point
  • ensure consistency in style and language
  • help you manage large communication projects
  • make your novel more appealing to an agent or a publisher.


Editors add value

  • You know what you want to say, but sometimes it is hard to know how.
  • An editor can help you say what you mean to say.
  • Editors work with you to get your message to your readers.

Editors help you to

Avoid costly mistakes

Mistakes and inconsistency are embarrassing and can be costly. You may have to reprint to correct the error. You may miss your intended audience entirely, due to confusing texts and incorrect details: you could miss out on a sale. Maybe your client gets the wrong idea. An editor can help you pick up problems before they cost you time, reputation and money.

Protect and enhance your image

Misspellings and clumsy grammar can be mortifying in any form of communication. An editor can focus on the details and make sure your written communication is concise, clear, targeted for the audience, fluent and correct.

Organise the logistics

If you are not in the publishing business, working with publishing professionals (like graphic designers and printers) can be complex, even difficult. Editors can advise you about the production process, brief designers and printers and liaise with them to ensure the finished product is precisely what you want and is delivered on time and on budget.

Some editors can even train your staff to communicate more clearly, working with staff to improve expression or grammar or writing style.

Add value

If you are producing any printed material or electronic document, such as fiction, non-fiction, magazines, journals (trade, commercial, academic), books, training material, leaflets or brochures, newsletters, general and annual reports, press releases, tender documents, proposals, conference proceedings, multimedia and web pages, displays or exhibitions an editor can add value.

More details can be found on the IPEd website.