Services

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

 

Packrat to Clutter-Free

Packrat to Clutter-Free: How I Cleaned Up My Life In Less Than A Year by [Starbuck, M. C.]Jennifer offered comments on my book that none of my other nine editors made. She helped make sure I didn’t break any copyright rules, that my writing was consistent, and that my grammar was up to a higher standard so my book was something I was proud to share. – M. C. Starbuck, author of Packrat to Clutter-Free: How I Cleaned Up My Life In Less Than a Year