COPY EDITING

What I’ll do for you:

  • Using Track Changes edits and comments, I do three passes through your manuscript, giving it a thorough grammar check, as well as checking for spelling and typographical errors, incorrect word use, capitalization, punctuation, clarity, sentence structure, redundancies and/or inconsistencies, consistent point of view and consistent verb tense.
  • Occasional extras (at no extra charge): I sometimes include links in the comments to further explain a point, I may include information sheets on a grammar issue that has come up a few times in the course of the edit, and sometimes I suggest mentor texts and further reading. Note that I don’t do this with every copy edit, only where warranted.
  • Note that this is NOT a manuscript evaluation, nor developmental editing. The focus is the mechanics of the writing. It’s intended to come after you have worked on your manuscript with your critique group and possibly a developmental editor.

You also receive:

  • One round of clarification questions following the return of your proofread document. This is optional and you initiate it.
  • This question-and-answer session will be conducted by email, preferably with the questions sent as a Word or Pages document which I can then annotate with my answers, or in the body of your email.
  • There is no extra charge for this one round of questions.

I can work with you on:

  • Manuscripts: picture books (fiction or nonfiction, rhyming or non-rhyming), chapter books, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, or adult fiction. I take on the occasional non-fiction project, on a case-by-case basis.*

* Sorry, but I’m not equipped to handle manuscripts which feature technical, mathematical, scientific or medical terminology, equations or charts. For such manuscripts, it is best to work with someone who is knowledgeable in the specific subject. You can find listings of editors at KidLit411, the American Copy Editors Society (ACES), and the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA).

I can work in the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word (strongly preferred, as this is the industry standard), Apple Pages, PDF.

What does this cost?

  • The rate for regular copy editing is a per-page rate, based on the industry standard which considers a page to be 250 words, double-spaced, in Times New Roman format.
  • Send me your word count, I’ll calculate how many pages it is and send you a quote.
  • For more details, see the RATES page.

NOTE: When you request my services, please let me know the word count of your manuscript so that I can calculate the page count based on the above standard. Quoting a page count that is in some other font or spacing will not give an accurate picture of the scope of the project.

Ready to get started?

  • Check out the PROCEDURES page for an overview of all the steps. After you contact me, I’ll get back to you within 48 hours (usually sooner than that) with a welcome letter including a quote, the suggested time frame for the project, and the next steps.

Still not sure?

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PROOFREADING

About proofreading:

  • Proofreading isn’t just simplified copy editing. It is a very important step in the process of publishing, and for those who are self/independently publishing, it is a crucial step.
  • It is literally, the reading of the “proof” — the copy of the book that you see just before it is published. The proofreader makes one last pass over the entire work to ensure that no errors have crept in during the typesetting process. You want your reader’s focus to be on your story, not on the errors they find on the page.

What I offer:

  • For those who are self-publishing: A thorough reading of the entire proof of the manuscript, as it is set up ready to print. This is usually in Word or PDF format.
  • For those seeking traditional publication: I can proofread your Word manuscript before you begin the agent query process.

In three passes through the manuscript, I will check for

  • typographical errors
  • formatting errors and irregularities (“widow” lines at the end of a page, etc.)
  • awkward end-of-line word divisions
  • alignment, line length, spacing
  • consistent font size and style
  • checking against the original manuscript to ensure there have been no omissions

Note that this is NOT copy editing and will not include reading for clarity, sentence structure, grammar, point of view and the like. This should all have been dealt with prior to the proof stage.

What you receive:

  • Edits and comments using Track Changes in Microsoft Word OR notes on the PDF.

You also receive:

  • One round of clarification questions following the return of your proofread document. This is optional and you initiate it.
  • This question-and-answer session will be conducted by email, preferably with the questions sent as a Word or Pages document which I can then annotate with my answers, or in the body of your email.
  • There is no extra charge for this one round of questions.

What does this cost?

  • The rate for regular copy editing is a per-page rate, based on the industry standard which considers a page to be 250 words, double-spaced, in Times New Roman format.
  • Send me your word count, I’ll calculate how many pages it is and send you a quote.
  • For more details, see the RATES page.

NOTE: When you request my services, please let me know the word count of your manuscript so that I can calculate the page count based on the above standard. Quoting a page count that is in some other font or spacing will not give an accurate picture of the scope of the project.

Ready to get started?

  • Check out the PROCEDURES page for an overview of all the steps. After you contact me, I’ll get back to you within 48 hours (usually sooner than that) with a welcome letter including a quote, the suggested time frame for the project, and the next steps.

Still not sure?

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CLIENT PRIVACY, SECURITY, CONFIDENTIALITY

All documents are treated in a confidential manner. No work will be given to a third party, nor will I mention any part of your work to anyone else. I do not share names of clients with anyone, except where you have specifically granted permission, such as for a testimonial on this website. Your manuscript and your ideas are safe with me. I will not make use of them in any way except to provide the editing services for which you have contracted with me. I will retain your manuscript only until we have completed the editing process, including answering your questions to your satisfaction, and then will delete it from my computer. In accordance with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”), I will never knowingly request or accept personally identifiable information from children under thirteen (13) years of age without parental consent. Please see my privacy policy for further information.