The purpose of a copyedit is to ensure that your document meets the industry standard and to address errors and inconsistencies on a technical level. This means hunting for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, and capitalization. Especially important for non-fiction manuscripts and documents is fact-checking to ensure that all statements are correct and valid to eliminate any ambiguous or factually incorrect statements.
Additionally, a copyedit will check for internal inconsistencies. What this means is that elements such as plot, setting, and character traits are examined to make sure there are no discrepancies. For example, if you state in the beginning that a character has freckles, but later this character is described as possessing clear skin, it will be flagged as an inconsistency. All of this is to help maintain immersion for your reader and provide a seamless reading experience with a professional and accurate presentation. A style sheet will be provided for reference once the edit is completed.
A copyedit does not include features that are seen within a line edit and ideally a copyedit should come after a line edit.
Cost & Payment
A copyedit is .008 cents per word. For example, a 70,000 word manuscript would come to $560 in total to have a line edit done to your project.
If you would like this service, you will first need to email me a few pages/a chapter of your document so that I can verify that this is the service that would be best suited for you. Include any specifications and/or questions you may have. If you have a specific deadline in mind, include it in the email and I will see if it can be accommodated.
Provided that a copyedit is the right service for your document and I agree with your specifications, I will accept the job and send you a Client Agreement form. To begin working, I require a 50% deposit of the overall agreed upon price for the service and will send you an invoice for the amount.