Copy-editing focuses on each line, 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 mark edits using Word’s Track Changes feature, which means you can easily see what changes 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 does it cost?
Copy-editing is priced on a per-project basis. I offer a free sample edit of 1,500 words 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 £0.005 and £0.012 per word.
To ensure cost doesn't stop you from making your manuscript the best it can be, I am open to discussing tailored editing services and payment plans. Feel free to reach out for details.
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.
Click the button below to request a free sample edit. If you agree to go ahead with a full edit, I require a 50% non-refundable deposit. Once this is paid, you can send me your manuscript.
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