Conventions

4

Only the pickiest editors will spot errors

Thoroughly edited--conventions enhance meaning and voice

Complexity of the text showcases a wide range of conventions

Virtually ready to publish

3.5

Minor errors that are easily overlooked

Edited--conventions support meaning and voice

Sufficient complexity reflects skills in numerous conventions

Almost ready to publish--just needs light touch-ups

3

Noticeable errors, but message is still clear

Edited for general readability

Shows control over basics (eg, capitalization and punctuation)

Good once-over needed prior to publication

2.5

Noticeable, distracting errors get in the way of the message

Erratic editing--many things missed

Problems with basic conventions

Thorough, careful editing needed before publication

2

Frequent, distracting errors get in the way of the message

Minimal editing, if any

Numerous errors, even on the basics

Line-by-line editing needed before publication

1

Serious, frequent errors make reading this a real effort

Lack of editing leaves even patient readers struggling

Errors on basics obscure meaning, put up roadblocks

Word-by-word editing needed before publication