I speak from experience: Majors problems can and do happen when editors edit comprehensively without following a process–-or, as I like to say, without conducting a gap analysis.
My process works like this:
Editors who do not follow a process will, inevitably, wind up in situations where they misinterpret the desired state and thus either close gaps that never existed or close gaps incorrectly.
Although I have followed this process intuitively in the past, today I follow it formally and explicitly to avoid missing the boat, as I have done several times on various projects, primarily when I ignored step four and failed to consult with the author before making changes. I have since discovered that following a formal process not only helps me edit more efficiently and effectively, but also boosts your confidence and gives you added assurance that you’ve made the right decision in hiring me.
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