COPYEDITING

AND LINE EDITING

improve your manuscript for readability and reader immersion

You’re ready for a copyedit when you’re happy with the big-picture elements of your book and you’ve done as much self-editing as you can stomach.

A copyedit will bring polish to your book at the paragraph, sentence, and word levels. My main goal in a copyedit is to preserve your voice and polish your work while making sure your readers are 100% immersed in your book.

Areas of focus in a copyedit:

  • Grammar

  • Spelling

  • Mechanics

  • Punctuation

  • Hyphenation

  • Usage

  • Syntax

 

A step up from a copyedit is a line edit. Areas of focus in a line edit:

  • Clarity

  • Flow

  • Consistency

  • Word choice

  • Style

  • Tone

  • Transitions

  • Redundancy

             

Every manuscript is different, and many fall in the gray area between a copyedit and a line edit.

You want how much!?

Starts at .02 cents per word

    Example: 50,000 words x .02 = starts at $1000

Your price will be determined based on your manuscript. Note that if you've received a developmental edit or a manuscript evaluation from me, you will receive a discount on a copyedit/line edit of the same manuscript.

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WHAT'S IN THE PROVERBIAL BOX?

You will receive the following:

  • An extensive editorial memo detailing observations and changes made during the editorial process.

  • A marked-up version of your edited manuscript, showing all changes and comments.

  • A cleaned-up version of your edited manuscript, with all changes accepted and showing only comments.

  • A custom style sheet, which is a record of editorial changes and decisions made across the manuscript. This includes proper nouns, unique words, and hyphenation choices. In fiction, it includes character descriptions as well. This helps to ensure consistency in your book/series (editors like to say that it helps ensure that a character’s eyes aren’t blue on page 4 and brown on page 50).