Services

Copyedit

Once you have resolved any big-picture issues with a developmental edit, the next step is copyediting. A copyedit involves correcting errors and looking closely at style, clarity and coherency. I will address:

  • Grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Capitalisation and hyphenation
  • Word usage, repetition and clichés
  • Dialogue tags and action beats
  • Basic point-of-view and tense issues
  • Descriptive inconsistencies
  • Telling versus showing
  • Part, chapter and section sequencing
  • Standard formatting

You will receive:

  • One pass of editing
  • A marked-up version of your manuscript using Track Changes in Microsoft Word
  • A clean version of your manuscript
  • A style sheet

Proofedit

A proofedit sits between a copyedit and a proofread; this is offered to clients who need more than a proofread but don’t quite need, or want, a full copyedit. I will address:

  • Grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Capitalisation and hyphenation
  • Word usage, repetition and clichés
  • Dialogue tags
  • Typos
  • Paragraph indentations
  • Letter and line spaces
  • Tables, images and captions
  • Adherence to house style/appropriate style guide

You will receive:

  • One pass of editing
  • A marked-up version of your manuscript using Track Changes in Microsoft Word
  • A clean version of your manuscript
  • A style sheet

Proofread

A proofread is the last step in the editing process; it’s useful for catching any errors that may have slipped through. Think of a proofread as a tidy-up or a polish. I will address:

  • Grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Inconsistencies in capitalisation and hyphenation
  • Typos
  • Layout, typography and formatting
  • Letter and line spaces
  • Tables, images and captions
  • Widows and orphans
  • Stacked hyphens
  • Adherence to house style/appropriate style guide

You will receive:

  • One pass of proofreading
  • A marked-up version of your manuscript using Track Changes in Microsoft Word, BS 5261C (2005) proofreading marks on PDF or Adobe Acrobat commenting tools on PDF, based on your preference
  • A clean version of your manuscript

Discount available for clients purchasing more than one service.

Publishers: I am not copyediting for publishers at this time, but please do get in touch if you need a proofreader.

Ready for the next step?