Once you’ve finished all your own editing (perhaps after having had a manuscript evaluation) and your book is structurally complete, it’s ready for copyediting.
Copyediting focuses on the detail of the text at the sentence and paragraph level. My copyediting service includes line editing and can involve a number of tasks, depending on the nature of the text. Typical tasks can include:
- making sure the text reads well and conveys the author’s meaning
- ensuring that vocabulary is appropriate
- ensuring consistency (e.g. that characters’ names and physical characteristics stay the same)
- ensuring clarity (which may include suggesting rewording)
- checking that points of view work
- checking spelling, punctuation and grammar
- checking that timelines work and fictional worlds hold together logically
During copyediting, I focus on working with you to convey your story, while maintaining your voice. My suggestions are just that – suggestions. You remain in charge of your manuscript, including deciding which edits to accept and which to reject.
If you’re not sure what copyediting involves, get in touch! I’ll be happy to talk you through it and can offer a free 500-word sample edit to illustrate.
Cost and timescale
Both the cost and the timescale will depend upon the length of your book and the level of editing it requires.
Please contact me so that we can discuss further.
You will normally need to book your copyedit in advance so that I can fit your work into my schedule. That way I can be sure to allocate the time it deserves and meet the deadlines we agree on.