Manuscript Copyediting

What is Copyediting?

Copyeditors have very broad roles in the production of a project. Copyeditors correct spelling, grammar, word usage, and punctuation; check for consistency in narrative; flag for word repetition; and more. Essentially, copyeditors go line-by-line through a manuscript, making corrections and suggestions in order to tighten, refine, and ensure consistency throughout the manuscript. This is not to be confused with what’s commonly known as line editing—line editing is more of a developmental edit on a sentence level, while copyediting is more technical and looks for consistency in the above described areas.

In the editing stages of a book’s production, this is done prior to proofreading but after content editing or line editing.

What Types of Books Do I Copyedit?

I will copyedit any manuscript that can be fit into my schedule. I enjoy copyediting, as it gives me a chance to help a client take their manuscript to the next level while maintaining the author’s voice and writing style. I will (and have) copyedited projects in both fiction and nonfiction categories in a wide variety of genres, including romance of all types, horror, science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, speculative fiction, thrillers, suspense, cozy mysteries, memoirs, self help, history, and more.

How Much Do I Charge for Copyediting?

I currently charge $0.007/word for copyediting. The simple way to calculate an estimate for your manuscript is to take your total word count and multiply by $0.007. For example, for an 80,000-word manuscript:

80,000 x 0.007 = $560.

How Long Does It Take Me to Copyedit a Project?

Depending on the length of the manuscript, I can typically complete a project within 5-7 days of beginning work on the manuscript.

How Do I Accept Payment?

Please see this page for updated policies regarding deposits, payments, and late fees.

How Do Clients Reserve a Spot in My Schedule for Copyediting?

Simply fill out the form on the contact page, and I will be in touch with you via email ASAP to get everything set up!