Bound Publishing Services offers three main levels of editing: structural (also called developmental), copyediting and proofreading. Although this is largely related to manuscript editing, it is also applicable to most types of written work, be it online content and copy, articles, reports, e-newsletters and EDM, essays, marketing materials and so on. If it has letters, we can tailor an editing service to meet your needs! Whether you are a trade publisher, an emerging writer looking to submit for publication or an independent author looking to self-publish, a start-up business or a small organisation, we can help you make your words shine.


Structural Editing

  • A ‘big picture’ edit – ensuring the overall story or message is:

       - logical

       - consistent (plot, character development and appearance, story arcs, chronology etc)

       - clear

       - written in the right style, length and language

       - accessible

  • Structural editing also looks at what makes a story readable – are the characters relatable, does the pacing hold the reader’s attention, is it being told from the most effective point of view? There are so many elements that go into crafting a piece of writing, and a structural edit will strengthen each one.

  • Can often involve significant rewriting. For this reason, copyediting is kept to a minimum. There will not be detailed mark-up, but instead a lot of comments, queries and suggestions on the manuscript.

  • Accompanied by a reader report expanding on the comments in the manuscript and including additional queries or points to note.



  • A line by line edit of the manuscript, focusing on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style. A copyedit removes errors and inconsistencies.

  • If there is a house style, this stage is when the manuscript will be checked for consistency.

  • References and quoted material are checked at this stage. Fact checking will also take place (if required). Copyediting also covers checking lists, glossaries, contents etc.

  • Copyediting can involve some elements of structural editing, as a detailed edit will also pick out any inconsistencies in many story elements: a character’s appearance and actions, setting, plot holes etc.

  • Copyediting is made on the manuscript, usually through tracked changes, and will be accompanied by a style sheet (which alphabetically lists any unusual spellings, grammar and style choices, place names etc).

  • It is recommended that a structural edit is done before a copyedit, as a copyedit is not designed to catch any glaring structural errors.


  • Proofreading is the very last stage of editing, a final check when all other editing and rewriting has been completed. It will catch any remaining spelling errors or inconsistencies in formatting.

  • Proofreading ensures your manuscript or document is ‘print ready’.

  • It is recommended that the person who proofreads your document is not the same person who has completed previous edits – a fresh set of eyes will often catch things that have slipped through the cracks.

  • Proofreads can be completed on hard or soft copy.


If you would like to learn more about these stages of editing, please submit an enquiry to Bound Publishing Services:

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