Copy editing focuses on spelling, grammar, punctuation, usage, and consistency with a preferred style guide. A copy edit is usually done to polish a final manuscript prior to publication. If you plan to self-publish, this is an essential step, ensuring you present a quality product to the world.
I'm a professionally trained copy editor with a thorough knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed, favored in literary publishing, and skill in creating and referencing style sheets. My experience includes copy editing book manuscripts, short-form literary work, and magazine articles, along with approving other copy editors' work in an editorial management capacity.
References: Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed, and Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary
Cost: $0.035 per word
Turnaround: 3 to 6 weeks, depending on word count
“Copyediting is fastidious work that requires a high level of reading comprehension, close attention to detail, and respectful communication with the author, all skills at which Jenny excels. She is extremely conscientious, hardworking, and organized, always seeking ways to improve so that she may be of best use to authors and their projects. I cannot recommend her highly enough for editorial work.”
— Julie Van Pelt, senior production editor, editing instructor at the University of Washington
"Jenny pitched in to help me get out from under a nonfiction book project that just seemed to get bigger the more we worked on it. She was thorough, meticulous, and speedy, and my client was happy with the end result. I highly recommend Jenny for your editing needs."
— Jennifer Stevens, editor, Goode Edits
"Jenny takes editing to the next level, with a keen eye for cultural sensitivity, accuracy, and ethics. She knows when to crack a joke and never fails to put a smile on my face. Above all, she creates a supportive editing environment that allows writers to feel comfortable with experimenting and stretching themselves for the better."
— Laura Hopper, curator and writer, Sonic Stitches
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