Copyediting: mechanics, accuracy, style

More science than art, this granular-level edit serves to make writing clear and readable. To that end, it fixes mechanical errors related to:

    • grammar — subject-verb agreement, verb tenses, pronoun case
    • punctuation — commas, dashes, hyphens, parentheses, ellipses, quotation marks
    • spelling — typos
    • usage — words often misused: further/farther, fewer/less, imply/infer, discreet/discrete, and so on

A copyedit examines word choice for semantic precision and tone; flags or cleans up inaccuracies related to dates, names, book titles, and all things numerical; and checks for missing elements like captions or headings. Additional copyediting tasks, such as verifying quotations for accuracy, can be included as needed.

Finally, a copyedit applies consistent editorial style for the treatment of numbers, measurements, abbreviations, and source citations, guided by the appropriate style manual, such as Associated Press Stylebook, Chicago Manual of Style, or Christian Writer’s Manual of Style.

This type of edit does not include substantive (content) editing, rewriting, extensive fact checking, or formatting.

Light to medium copyedit — five cents ($0.05) per word
Heavy copyedit — seven cents ($0.07) per word

For quality control, a single copyedit comprises two editing pass-throughs (using a clean draft for round two).

Proofreading: the final review

The most basic edit is a straight proofread of a copyedited manuscript. It checks for spacing between letters and sentences; finds any typographical errors previously generated or missed; and, if applicable, reviews fonts, line and page breaks, and other formatting issues.

Dependent on word count. Please contact me to receive a quote for your project. For quality control, a single proofread comprises two pass-throughs.

All services are provided electronically, using Word’s Track Changes and Comments features (or PDF annotating tools).
A rush fee may apply for a turnaround requested within 3 business days.

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