Copyediting is our most popular editing service. With copyediting, we correct errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, usage, too-long sentences, overuse of italics and exclamation points, and excessive passive voice. We flag doubtful facts, weak plot points or plot holes, contradictory passages, and jumbled timelines. We scrutinize for consistency—both within a project and across a series—including character and place spelling, descriptions, point of view shifts, grammar style choices, and more:
Content: missing or redundant text, illogical chronology, facts that don’t make sense, language that is insensitive or biased, etc.
Structure: overlong or wandering sentences, paragraph breaks not introducing new speakers or actions, inopportune chapter breaks, etc.
Wording: Age-inappropriate language or themes, unexplained terms, inconsistent tone or vocabulary straying outside current genre expectations, etc.
If your copyedit involves lots of changes, we strongly recommend proofreading afterward. This is because the process of approving and rejecting our tracked changes will, without fail, introduce new errors you don’t want readers to see.
Website copyediting is also available. Because it takes at least twice as long to copyedit a website, our rate for website copyediting is by the hour, not per word. You’ll be billed $35/hour, which is less than the EFA’s recommended industry rate.