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.

All copy-editing projects include three stages:

  1. I do the initial copy-edit

  2. The author reviews the suggested changes

  3. I do a final read-through to make sure no errors were added or missed in the previous stages

Unless you provide a style guide as part of the brief, I will defer to my own – typically this will follow a form of the Guardian and Observer style guides.

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?

I offer a free sample edit to all prospective clients, to give you a feel for my editing style and to allow me to understand how much work is needed. After this, I can provide you with an accurate quote. As a rough guide, copy-editing tends to cost between £0.006 – £0.012 per word.

To get a quote for a project, please feel free to get in touch with me directly.

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. Once I have reviewed your sample, I will give you a quote for the work and an estimate of how long it will take to complete.


If you agree to go ahead with a full edit, I will require a 50% deposit. Once this is paid, you can send me your full manuscript and I will book you in.