Have I Made Any Requested Revisions To The Best Of My Ability?

There will be times when the first draft you submit to your editor will be absolutely perfect and no revisions will be needed. You should bear in mind, however, that revisions are a normal part of the writing process. It's likely that the first draft you submit to your editor will be just that.

When you receive feedback from your editor, they may request the following types of revisions:

  • Formatting: This can include spacing between paragraphs, the way in which sources are referenced, and even how pages are numbered.
  • Grammar/spelling/punctuation: Your editor may fix minor typos, but if there are major problems with grammar or punctuation, chances are they will send the document back to you for a second look.
  • Content: While formatting, grammar, and punctuation fixes can usually be done relatively quickly, revisions to the actual content can be quite time-consuming. Your editor may request that you expand a certain section, that you add a glossary to a specific section, or that you take a second look at a paragraph and try to make the information a bit more clear.

When you receive feedback and requests for revisions, take the time to read them carefully. Address each and every issue mentioned by your editor, and double-check your revisions before you resubmit the project. Editors hate having to send a document back a second time because their original suggestions weren't followed, so make sure you make all requested revisions to the best of your ability the first time around. This will help you get on good terms with your editor (which can help you secure more work), and it is the very important final step in developing an effective piece of technical writing.

Note: While revisions are often necessary, watch out for editors that frequently request huge changes to content, tone, length, etc. If you follow the original guidelines exactly, revisions should usually be minimal. For instance, if your editor instructed you to prepare a five-page report, but decides after you submit the first draft it should be nine pages instead, that's not a reasonable request. In cases like these, it's necessary to renegotiate a rate since the editor is asking for substantially more work than you originally agreed to. It's ultimately up to you as the writer to differentiate between reasonable and unreasonable requests. If you feel like you're constantly being taken advantage of, however, it may be time to cut that particular client loose.

Last Updated: 05/05/2014