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Q: How much do you edit an accepted piece prior to publication?

A: We do not edit submissions, but once a submission is accepted for publication, we give the author a chance to review and edit the piece as it will appear online.

A: We do "provide substantive editing, line editing, copy editing, and/or basic proofreading." The author gets to approve the final edits.

A: We provide substantive editing, line editing, and copy editing for longer works. If it's a poem, it may go through basic proofreading. Yes, our authors get to see their final edited works before approval.

A: Most of the time, I don't do any formal editing -- the pieces The Mersey Review receives are always a really high standard of finish. However, if I spot something -- big or small -- that I'd like to change/amend, I always consult with the writer. This is only with pieces that have already been accepted, so if the writer in question doesn't like my suggestion, then that's entirely up to them -- I am always happy to publish their writing as is, I would never retract an offer of publication based on that.

A: It varies. We will sometimes ask questions or make suggested edits to a poem, but the author has the final say. Everyone receives proofs before we go to print.

A: I typically do minimal editing unless there is something dire that needs to be addressed. If I do make edits the author will approve the final edits unless they are edits related to formatting, because the website I use has a bit of a tantrum if things aren't formatted a certain way so I have to be creative sometimes but it doesn't always work out in favor of the poet.

A: We do very extensive workshopping, then line and copy editing. The author must approve, reject or modify everything.

A: Very little. Partly because I don't want to mess with the author's words, but also because I'm lazy. I don't correct US or UK English spellings, for example, because they're not incorrect for the author, and it doesn't get in the way of the reader's understanding. But also it's one less thing to think about!

A: We do edit some pieces. We seek author approval before publishing. We actually had a small snafu with this recently -- and it taught us a lot. The writer should always have final say. Moving forward, if we edit a piece, we send it back to the writer as we'd like it to appear and try to find a compromise prior to publication.

A: We sometimes do light editing, but always with the author's approval. We do not accept material that requires substantive editing, line editing, copy editing, or basic proofreading.

A: Every manuscript is different but usually very little editing occurs.

A: We do not edit at all, usually, unless we notice glaring errors that are likely typos on the submitting poet's part. These kinds of errors are extremely rare, however and we reach out to the poet always to see if they would like their work changed.