I specialize in editing fiction and nonfiction manuscripts that range many genres: historical fiction/nonfiction, fantasy, science fiction, romance, and contemporary to name a few. I also have a professional background in technical editing in IT and computer manuals and therefore specialize in editing those types of technical documents.
The following are different types of services that I offer and the processes that I take when taking on projects of these sorts.
- Grammar Check
- Spelling Check
- Correct Word Usage
- Overall Appearance
- Format Corrections
- Typographical Errors
- Punctuation Check
This is typically a final step in the manuscript cleanup process and the edits are done on a near-final (a proof, if you daresay 🙂 ) copy.
This can be broken into three differing levels of difficulty/completeness: light, medium, and heavy (standards specified in The Copyeditor’s Handbook and used as a basis in the freelance editor industry).
All copyediting services also include a style sheet used during editing that outline consistently used terms, writer spelling choices, name spellings, places, and other stylistic choices.
- Correct all indisputable errors in grammar, syntax, and usage.
- Skip over small sentences or paragraphs in which there is overt wordiness, but point out overly convoluted stretches of writing.
- Edit and ensure that spelling, capitalization, punctuation, abbreviations, and format is consistent.
- Check for factual inconsistency.
- Note any reprinted information that may require copyright or permissions checks.
- Ensure typecode and styles are all correct.
The same duties as light copyediting, but with additional focus on pointing out errors in grammar, syntax, and usage that may be problematic; suggesting revisions to overly wordy sections of writing, ensure all terms new to readers are pointed out and supply definitions if possible.
Heavy copyedits include the same duties as light and medium copyediting, but also includes verifying the provided information/any facts that were presented, fixing gaps in logic, and overall ensuring the tone and voice of the document is consistent.
This is especially useful if the document is a technical document, since acronyms, terms, and
If interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org