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Line Editing + Copyediting   |   Copyediting   |   Proofreading   |   The Process   |   Resources Used

Line Editing + Copyediting

Line editing focuses on your writing on the paragraph level, improving readability and flow. Copyediting looks at your story on the sentence level and includes:

  • grammar and spelling
  • capitalization and punctuation
  • word choice
  • repeated and omitted words
  • hyphenation
  • unclear sentences
  • overused words
  • consistently spelled names, acronyms, etc.

Some paragraphs or sentences may be tightened up or revised for clarity and consistency.

 

 

 

Copyediting

Copyediting looks at your story on the sentence level. Like line editing, some sentences may be tightened up or revised for clarity and consistency. Copyediting includes:

  • grammar and spelling
  • capitalization and punctuation
  • word choice
  • repeated and omitted words
  • hyphenation
  • unclear sentences
  • overused words
  • consistently spelled names, acronyms, etc.

You may have already worked with a developmental editor or a line editor on your manuscript. Copyediting is the next step in the process.

 

 

Proofreading

Proofreading is the final check of your book before publication. No text is edited or reworded. Proofreading includes:

  • grammar and spelling
  • capitalization and punctuation
  • layout and format
  • repeated and omitted words

Are you ready for that last step before your book goes out into the world?

 


The Process

All edits will be made using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature. Upon completion of your project, you will receive a document with all changes accepted for your convenience as well as a copy with all changes marked.

 

Resources Used

  • Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition
  • Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary
  • The Copyeditor’s Handbook by Amy Einsohn
  • Garner’s Modern English Usage, 4th edition, by Bryan A. Garner

 

Lily Bowers and the Uninvited Guest

I hired Jennifer to proofread my first middle-grade fantasy book after it had been line edited. I wish I’d met her first though, as there were a few recurring mistakes that were made by my line editor. After I went over the line edit, I sent her my manuscript and mentioned those mistakes because I wasn’t sure if I’d corrected them all. Unfortunately, I missed a bunch too, but she didn’t and caught a few more things. Not only does she have an eye of an eagle, she went above and beyond just a proofread. She gave me suggestions on spots that were questionable that I ended up changing and directed me to various resources to strengthen my message in my book. For edits on my future books, I will just contact her!   Jess Lohmann