COPY EDITING & PROOFREADING

 

Publishers, editors, and grant makers receive dozens, if not hundreds, of submissions each month. The better edited your manuscript or proposal, the more likely it is to be thoroughly read. You don’t want an editor to stop reading your novel after a few pages because she is put off by typos, misspelling, or grammatical errors. Before submitting your document to publishers, writing contests, or funding organizations, eliminate all errors and fix any awkward phrasing to make sure your writing reads clearly and says exactly what you want it to say. The only surefire way to do this is to have it copy edited by a professional.

I will copy edit any type of writing—grant proposals, book proposals, technical documents, general nonfiction, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, etc. Unless a client prefers another style guide, I use The Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition). No matter which style guide I use, I’ll make a style sheet to keep my editing consistent to your particular project. Depending on your needs, I will work with either your hard copy or your electronically transmitted document.

Some projects require a heavy copy edit; others need only a minimal edit. As your editor, I’ll finesse your writing to make sure it observes the conventions of good writing, while keeping your voice or style. If needed, I’ll suggest ways to reorganize chapters, titles, headings, or sections of text. Sometimes it is necessary to rewrite sentences or paragraphs to make the text clearer and more understandable. If your document or story requires fact checking, I’m a trivia expert and an excellent researcher. When I’m not absolutely sure a date, place, historical event, or name is correct I’ll look it up. Better sure than sorry.

Because editing involves reading your document many times, copy editing takes more time than proofreading. Before starting a project, I like to know when you need it finished. If I can’t meet your delivery date, I will not take on the project.

My editing will meet professional standards and your expectations or your money back.

 

PROOFREADING

My proofreading catches mistakes computer spell checkers and grammar checkers often miss. Remember that spell checkers won’t catch mistakes with homonyms (e.g., “they’re,” “their,” “there”) or certain typos (like “he” for “the”). Grammar checkers can’t spot style inconsistencies, and grammar checkers often suggest that you revise a passive sentence even when the passive construction is appropriate. A good proofread can be done only with the eyes of a trained proofreader. I catch mistakes that untrained eyes thought were correct, and the mistakes they missed altogether.

If your document—story, proposal, query letter, etc.—has already been copy edited, I guarantee that you’ll have zero typographical, grammatical, punctuation, or usage errors. Depending on your needs, I’ll proofread your hard copy with a pen or pencil, or I’ll edit by electronically marking a PDF or with tracking on Word document.

My proofread addresses:

  • Spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors
  • Incorrectly structured sentences
  • Letter, sentence, and paragraph spacing
  • Misspelled and incorrectly used words
  • Manuscript formatting
  • Typographical errors

I’m confident that I will do a better job than you were expecting. If you are not 100% satisfied with your edited document, I will refund your payment and re-edit your document free.

Proof Check: Upload the first twenty pages (double-spaced) of your manuscript or ebook to see if it’s been proofread to perfection—$20

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