Module 2 Forum “Levels of Edit”

After reading through the article, the main idea that I took away was the different levels and different types of editing for different types of writing. The type of editing that I have done throughout my college and professional career has been a screening edit. When having my paper checked by my self or someone else, the things checked were mainly surface items. Spelling, grammar, and overall content were the main focus.

The interpretation of my written work and competence  by a reader will depend a great deal on the type of writing that is being presented. I may be off here, but from what I gathered, the more professional the writing, the more in depth the editing should be. When I say professional writings, I mean anything from a cookbook to a textbook. If I need to relay to the reader that I am a subject area expert, then a level 1 edit would be needed to double check all aspects of the paper from the mechanics to the integrity of the writing.  If there are mistakes, even minor ones, it chips away at the validity of the piece and in turn my validity as an expert.

The appropriate “level of edit” for grant writing depends on the type of grant presented. A stay at home mother applying for a mini grant to help pay for home schooling may only require a level 4 or 5 edit. However, for a grant that is requesting a large amount for funding, may require a more in depth level of edit. Don’t misunderstand here, I don’t think it is not as simple as the more money asked for, the more in depth the level of edit. I think that all grant proposals, no matter the amount, should be written in the most professional way possible. I am just not sure all need to be a level 1 edit.

Another important aspect to take into consideration is the “audience analysis”. What type of corporation or specific group is being approached for funding. If a grant proposal is being presented to a local business or agency for a mini loan, a level 1 edit may not be necessary. If, however, it is being presented to a large corporation that receives multiple grant proposals, the more in depth the edit, the more competent the grant proposal.

Time is money for many of these larger companies and foundations. In the article, it discussed how much time and effort are saved for the editor (or reader) if the item presented is correct the first time. I believe, after reading the article, that the more in depth the edit, the more professional the grant proposal, and a better chance for funding.