My services are available individually or can be combined to meet your unique situation.
Here are some of the things I look for as a copyeditor
(Note: light proofreading checks are included in copy editing):
- Grammar, spelling and punctuation
- Making sure material is logical and understandable
- Correcting continuity problems
- Making sure sources are cited for all statistics and quotation
- Flagging inaccuracies
- Sentence clarity and structure – the text should flow well
- Word choice, clarity of meaning – do your words have the right level of impact or nuance?
- Maintenance of tone/voice
- Dialogue – is it realistic? Are those tags a help or a hindrance?
- Consistency – Josh had blond hair on page 12, but on page 27 it’s auburn
- Fact checking – both “real world” and within the context of your world-building
- Consistent style – do you love or loathe Oxford commas? Is it 6:15 am or 6.15 a.m.? “Realise” or “realize”?
Copyediting may include minor rephrasing or light rewriting.
As a copyeditor, I ferret out and fix any mistakes that might distract the reader from your story in the most constructive way possible without changing your voice and I work with you to present your best work to the reading public.
Copy editing doesn’t change and develop storylines or check facts; inconsistencies are flagged but I won’t mess with your plot and characters.
It’s correcting spelling and grammar, eradicating clumsy phraseology, unnecessary words, repetition, and enhancing structure and flow. You’ll avoid embarrassing fatal flaws for which authors pick up those dreaded, damning reader reviews.
Here are some of the things I look for as a proofreader:
- Check for misspellings
- Missing or misuse of punctuation
- Repetitive words
- Word usage
- Grammatical errors
- Repeated or omitted words and phrases
- Typographical errors
- Check spacing
- Make a final check for homophones (e.g., two, to, too), minor formatting issues, and spacing
- Each proofread will receive two complete and in-depth passes before being sent back to the author
- Inconsistent format (in font size/style for text/chapter headings/subheadings, lists, tables, page numbers, hyphenations, margins, spacing, indentations/paragraphs, quotes, references, citations, footnotes/endnotes, etc.)
Proofreading finds basic grammatical errors, typos, and formatting issues in finished documents. Proofreading is the last round of editing before publication.
My rates are as follows and are based on the industry standard 250 words per page. (Note: All rates include a free double-check and final proof once the corrections have been made.)
- $0.006 per word for Fiction Proofreading and $0.007 per word for Nonfiction Proofreading
- $0.008 per word for Fiction Copyediting and $0.009 for Nonfiction Copyediting
- $0.009 for the Fiction Copyediting and Proofreading package
- $0.010 per word for the Nonfiction Copyediting and Proofreading package
Document, Report and Webpage Editing
- Proofreading $3.50 per page
- Full Edit $5/page
- Minimum charge $25
Short Essays of 5-pages (250 words/page) or less
- A minimum charge of: Copy-editing $25, Proofreading $20.
NEW CLIENTS: If you’d like to get a sense of my proofreading/editing style, I offer a free sample edit. Please email me the first chapter of your story. I will edit a few pages, thus enabling you to make an informed decision.
Your final price is calculated according to the total word count upon document submission.
If, after the work has started, I realize that a deeper style of editing is needed, I reserve the right to renegotiate the fee based on the additional work required to finish the project.
- NOTE: There is a minimum charge of $50 for fiction editing or proofreading $60 for non-fiction editing or proofreading.
- There is a $50 Reservation Fee for all editing and proofreading reservations made more than four (4) weeks in advance. This will of course be deducted from the editing invoice.
Turnaround times are dependant upon the complexity of the editing and/or proofreading involved.
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