Copyediting

What is Copyediting?

Copyeditors have very broad roles in the production of a project. Copyeditors correct spelling, grammar, word usage, punctuation, check for consistency in narrative, and more. Essentially, copyeditors go line-by-line through a manuscript, making corrections and suggestions as they go through it, in order to tighten and refine the manuscript into a more cohesive narrative. Sometimes, you’ll see this referred to as “line editing.” They are, essentially, the same thing.

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

What Types of Books Does Jessica Copyedit?

As with proofreading, I will copyedit any book that can be fit into my schedule. I enjoy copyediting, as it gives me a chance to help a client take their manuscript up 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 Does Jessica Charge for Copyediting?

I currently charge $0.005 per word for copyediting. The simple way to calculate your manuscript for an estimate is to take your total word count and multiply by $0.005.

For example, if your book is 80,000 words long, you would multiply 80,000 x 0.005 = $400.

How Long Does It Take Jessica to Proofread a Project?

Depending on length, I can complete a project within 5-7 days from the receipt of the project.

How Does Jessica Accept Payment?

All payments are accepted via Paypal. However, alternative arrangements via another service, check, or money order can be made.

A deposit of 50% of the total fee is required at the scheduling of the project. For example, if your total fee is $400, you will be invoiced $200 at the time of scheduling.

The second half of the project fee is due at the completion of the project, prior to the project being returned to the client.

Once the project is completed, payment is due no later than the last day of the month in which the project is completed. If you fail to pay by the last day of the month, you will be charged a $25 late fee at the beginning of the next month, and another $25 for every month that the invoice fails to be paid.

If you have paid a 50% deposit and cancel no less than one week prior to the scheduled start of the project, half of the deposit will be returned to you. For example, if you paid a $200 deposit for your book and cancel the project seven or more days before the project is scheduled to start, you will be refunded $100, with the other half serving as a cancellation fee. This is to compensate for the time allotted to your book in which other projects could have been scheduled.

If you cancel your scheduled work with less than a week before the scheduled start remaining, you will forfeit the entire 50% deposit as a cancellation fee.

If you postpone/reschedule, no additional deposit will be required, and any deposit monies paid at that point will count toward the total fee due at the end of the project.

How Do I Reserve a Spot on Jessica’s Schedule for Copyediting?

Simply fill out the form under the “contact” option at the top of the screen, and I will be in touch with you via email ASAP to get everything set up!