Stylistic editing

Stylistic editing (sometimes called line editing) entails revising a text to make the prose flow gracefully, intelligently, and coherently. This kind of editing is especially relevant to the needs of non-native English speakers, who must make sure their text reads smoothly and naturally in English as if it were written by a native speaker. Native English speakers also benefit from having an editor’s trained eye comb through their manuscript with a focus on the stylistic level. This involves editing the language at the sentence and paragraph level to ensure the text has a compelling voice that is appropriate to the target audience. A stylistic editor does not impose or create a voice but, rather, listens to the author’s voice and revises the text to reflect and refine that voice. In this capacity, the editor serves as an objective mediator between author and readers, polishing the delivery of the author’s message and enhancing the aesthetic experience that readers will have.