Copy Edit & Proofreading

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Copy Edit

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Once you’re happy with the structure and development of your manuscript, a copy edit looks at the grammar, style, word choice, and other “gritty details” of the prose. The focus on our copy edits is to perfect the mechanics of your content without sacrificing your personal voice.

The Process

We edit all novels and memoirs in Chicago Manual of Style, the most commonly used style guide in publishing houses. Decisions on oxford commas, hyphens, citations, and other major grammar points will be based on the most recent edition of CMOS. If your project is for an academic or professional magazine, we will comply with the language style of their choice (usually AP, MLA, or APA). We use Microsoft Track Changes in our copyedits, so you can see everything we’ve changed in your manuscript. If you have any questions on a grammatical decision your editor made, we’ll be more than happy to cite the rule in the manual for you. Each of our copy edits comes with one complimentary revisit of the material after we’ve returned the final draft to you.

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Proofreading

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If you’re fairly confident in the structure, execution, and fine tuning of your manuscript, a proofread is the final pass to look for any last-minute or tiny mistakes. We don’t address style or word choice, just the black and white rules of grammar and formatting. Proofreading is a must for self-publishing authors. After your book has been copyedited and laid out for print (either on paper or digital), a proofreader will ensure that nothing was missed or corrupted in the design process. We care about the aesthetics of each page we proof in addition to the mechanics.

The Process

Because most proofs take place after a project has been through design, we accept PDFs as well as Word documents. For PDF users, we’ll give you a correction sheet detailing each change that needs to occur that you can use to make the corrections yourself or hand off to your designer. For Microsoft Word documents, we use Track Changes so you can see everything we do in your document. Each of our proofreads comes with one complimentary revisit of the material after we’ve returned the final draft to you.
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We never have the same editor work on both the copyedit and the proofread. A new round of edits calls for new eyes and a fresh perspective.

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** I offer a free sample edit of 1,000 words for potential clients.

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