Hard editing can refer to copy editing a hard copy of a book by reviewing, revising and, in some cases, rewriting a printed manuscript by providing notes, markups and written corrections. Hard editing is typically accomplished using a paper and pen accompanied by handwritten notations. However, hard editing can also refer to a standard of editing which is dependent on the tone. Hard editing can mean rigorously, carefully and meticulously editing a written work’s grammar, making sure that the piece adheres to MLA or APA publishing standards and criteria. Language is improved or clarified. Hard editing is a service provided by professionals that make the overall quality of work better.