COPY-EDITING

Copy-editing comes after developmental review and before proofreading. It focuses on line-by-line editing, fixing the smaller errors that can disrupt a story, such as:

 

  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes

  • Consistency (eg. hyphenation and names)

  • Repetition of words and phrases

  • Sentence and paragraph structure

  • Awkward phrasing or missing information

 

What's the process?

I read through your entire manuscript and mark edits using Word’s Track Changes feature. This means that, when you get the manuscript back, you can easily see what edits I've made, and you can accept or reject them with a single click. Any edits that require more thought or input from the author, I raise as a Comment for us to discuss.

What do you get?

Generally, I provide all clients with the following on completion of a job:

  • A tracked-changes Word file

  • A comments-only Word file (with all edits accepted)

  • If requested, I can also provide the above as PDFs.

 

Please note that I am not available to provide professional formatting services such as templating eBooks for self-publication.

 

What does it cost?

The price for copy-editing is set at £0.004 per word. This includes one (1) round of extensive copy-editing and limited email follow-up to address any comments I raised or to answer any questions.

If you would like a second round of lighter editing – after you've reviewed and implemented any changes from the first – to check no errors were introduced or missed between drafts, this is billed hourly and I can provide a cost estimate on each individual project.

 

I offer a free sample edit of 1,500 words to all prospective clients, to give you a feel for my editing style and to allow me to understand how much work is needed.

Does it have to be a full manuscript?

No. If you would prefer to have, say, just the first 10,000 words edited, then we can work with that. I do offer services tailored for querying authors, which includes shorter copy-edits, so it's worth taking a look at that page here. Or you can drop me an email for a quote.

Getting started

Click the button below to request a free sample edit and I will get in touch to arrange this with you. If you agree to go ahead with a full edit, I require a 50% deposit. Once this is paid, you can send me your manuscript.