copyediting and proofreading services
What copyediting and tidying have in common
The job of organizing and cleaning a room is an apt metaphor for copyediting. Decluttering and tidying a room make it not just habitable
but inviting. A place to settle in and spend time.
A copyeditor too is an organizer of sorts, creating order on the written or digital page: reordering the words of a sentence like furniture; tossing commas and periods in the trash; and taking pains to capitalize, lowercase, hyphenate, and italicize carefully. And those many sets of quotation marks? Be sure they appear in pairs, like two clothespins on a shirt hung out to dry.
For manuscripts and memos alike, a copyedit takes in hand the minutia of letters, words, and punctuation, bringing order to the whole by bringing order to the parts.