Manuscript Copyediting

What is Copyediting?

Copyeditors have very broad roles in the production of a project. Copyeditors correct spelling, grammar, word usage, punctuation, consistency in narrative, and more. Essentially, copyeditors go line-by-line through a manuscript, making corrections and suggestions in order to tighten and refine 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.

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 receipt.

How Do I Accept Payment?

I send invoices via Zoho Books. Thanks to their setup, I am able to accept Paypal and all major credit and debit cards. I also accept payment via Zelle bank transfer, and in addition, I can accept payments via check or money order on special request.

Unless the client is utilizing a monthly payment plan, a deposit of 50% of the total fee is required at the start of the project. For example, if your total fee is $1,000, you will be invoiced $500 at the beginning of the project.

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. (An exception to this exists if the completion date falls within the last week of the month. In this case, a late fee would not apply until the end of the following month.)

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!