What Is Copy Editing?
When all major revisions are complete, a copy edit addresses mechanical issues including:
- light fact checking
- North American localization for works translated to English
- My go-to tools: the Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, and the Conscious Style Guide
What Do I Get with a Copy Edit?
- A Word doc with track changes and comments showing my suggestions for changes or queries.
- A style sheet that I’ve created for maintaining consistency as you revise and sharing with the proofreader
- A completed line edit within 3-6 weeks, depending on word count
Who Is This Edit For?
- Self-publishing authors after the text is finalized but not yet in layout
- Small presses who have more books in the pipeline than they have staff to do the copy edits
- Authors seeking traditional publishing who want a little extra polish before submitting
- Academics who want an editorial eye for consistency, citations, and light fact checking before submitting
- Note: If you have a traditional publisher, you do not need to pay for copy editing. The publisher will provide this for your book.
What about the Cost?
- I provide a free sample of about 5 pages so you can see if my editing style fits with your work.
- I send a flat-rate estimate of both costs and time based on that sample.
- I require a 50% deposit before I begin the copy edit, with the remaining 50% to be paid after I return the edited manuscript.
- I provide a professional contract to protect both your work as author and mine as editor.