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Our Services

We offer copy editing and proof reading services to publishers of books and journals as well as authors. A detailed explanation of the copy editing and proof reading services are provided below. For more details on our other services such as design, content management and production of technical manuals, please send us an e-mail at:enquiry@exceledit.net.

Other Services

Our main business is editing but we also offer other associated services if our client requires them. Some of the other services we can provide to you, either through our own or through associated companies, include the following:

  • Transcription of Conference Proceedings or Interviews
  • Writing of Manuals
  • Typesetting and Designing

Copy editing

At all levels of copy editing- light, medium and heavy - the copy editor corrects errors, queries the author about conflicting statements, requests advice when the means of resolving a problem is unclear and prepares a style sheet. The copy editor may also incorporate the author's replies to queries; this work is known as clean-up editing.

Light Copy editing (baseline editing)

  • Correcting faulty spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Correcting incorrect usage (such as can for may).
  • Checking specific cross-references (for example, "As Table 14-6 shows...").
  • Ensuring consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts and capitalization.
  • Checking for proper sequencing (such as alphabetical order) in lists and other displayed material.
  • Recording the first references to figures, tables and other display elements.

The editor checks content only to detect spots where copy is missing. A light copy edit may include type marking.

Medium Copy editing

  • Performing all tasks for light copy editing.
  • Changing text and headings to achieve parallel structure.
  • Flagging inappropriate figures of speech.
  • Ensuring that key terms are handled consistently and that vocabulary lists and the index contain all the terms that meet criteria specified by the publisher.
  • Ensuring that previews, summaries and end-of-chapter questions reflect content.
  • Tracking the continuity of plot, setting, character traits and querying the discrepancies in fiction manuscripts.
  • Enforcing consistent style and tone in a multi-author manuscript.
  • Type marking the manuscript.

Heavy Copy editing (substantive editing)

  • Performing all tasks for medium copy editing.
  • Eliminating wordiness, triteness and inappropriate jargon.
  • Smoothing transitions and moving sentences to improve readability.
  • Assigning new levels to heads to achieve logical structure.
  • Suggesting-and sometimes implementing-additions and deletions, noting them at the sentence and paragraph levels.

The key differences between heavy and medium copy edits are the levels of judgment and rewriting involved. In a heavy copy edit, the editor improves the flow of text rather than simply ensuring correct usage and grammar; he may suggest recasts rather than simply flagging problems and may enforce a uniform level, tone and focus as specified by the publisher or developmental editor

Source: Bay Area Editors Forum

Proofreading

A proofreader marks typeset copy word for word against a manuscript, identifies deviations for correction and queries editorial errors. Proofreaders may also check copy for conformity with type specifications, create a style sheet and ensure attractive typography by checking kerning, margins, word spacing, repetitive word breaks and the like.

An editorial proofreader combines proofreading with some copy editing tasks, if they are needed late in the production process. Editorial proofreading may also involve type marking and making marginal notes to show the first citation of illustrations, tables and other display elements. When the manuscript consists of typeset text, the proofreader checks for incorrect word breaks.

Publishers often request editorial proofreading when previously published material is to be reprinted, or when there are concerns about possible input errors in material that has been heavily edited or drastically reformatted.

Why come to us?

We operate from India, which is the third largest publisher of books and journals in English, just behind the US and the UK. But the cost of employing publishing professionals in India is lower than in the developed countries. What we offer you is not just lower costs but also higher quality.

We operate from South India in the city of Chennai. South India has emerged as the hub of knowledge industries in India, particularly for pharmaceuticals and IT. South India is also now emerging as the centre for the offshore publishing industry and we are one of the most innovative and committed companies in this industry.

We are a specialist company run by professionals with long experience in publishing. We can therefore understand your needs better and serve you better than any other IT services company trying to serve you through a "publishing services division".

We are a specialist company and our core competence matches your needs. We will therefore make ideal partners.

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