In the extracts below, we see the following two common problems seen in texts sent for editing, i.e.:
- No character space between words
- Incomplete phrases / clauses
- Interrupted phrases / clauses
The second and third problems listed make it difficult to understand what the author is saying.
We also see how easy it is for small mistakes to be made when heavy editing is required, as it becomes increasingly difficult for the editor to spot mistakes as the red lines mount up. This is why a first-round edit should be seen as exactly that: a first-round edit. The edited text will require a second light edit or a proofread in order for the remaining problems to be corrected.