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?

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?

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. Feel free to reach out to me 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.

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% non-refundable deposit. Once this is paid, you can send me your manuscript.