What You Can Expect From Our Copy Editing Service
A good copy edit requires an unwavering eye, incredible patience, and extensive experience in the kinds of issues that authors and amateur editors miss during their own checks.
It’s not done in a single sitting, but over several days to ensure every page receives maximum focus.
Our editors keep extensive, specialist notes, recording in fine detail anything that might need checking for consistency or accuracy later in the process.
Your editor will catch and correct any remaining errors in your manuscript, returning an altered document that’s ready to be formatted as a print or ebook.
A copy edit is the final polish your work needs to meet industry standards and compete in a marketplace where readers take extensive editing as read.
To many, a copy edit can seem unnecessary, especially when they feel capable of catching major errors themselves. So why should you trust us to copy edit your manuscript?
A copy edited book shows your readers that they can trust your skill and dedication as an author. It’s a reliable way to enhance their reading experience and turn one-time readers into long-standing fans.
A copy edit should be the final service performed before your manuscript is converted to an ebook. That means the manuscript should be absolutely finished (apart from any changes resulting from the copyedit) and formatted ready for ebook conversion.
Yes. Please submit your manuscript as a single Word file (.doc or .docx) and not as a Google doc file. Do not submit your manuscript as individual chapters. The font should be size 12 with double line spacing, and it should be formatted as Times New Roman, Courier, or Sans Serif.
Please note that if submission guidelines are not followed, a nominal formatting fee may be necessary to prepare your manuscript for copyediting.
Your editor will make adjustments to your manuscript using Word’s tracked changes – everything they do will be visible and reversible with the click of a button. They’ll also explain their changes through comments, ensuring that you have all the information needed to make informed choices about the final form of your story.
Edits are only made using Word’s tracked changes and therefore your editor is unable to provide your edited manuscript in any format other than a Word file.
Comprehensive edits and copy edits occur at very different times in the writing process. A copy edit should always come after a comprehensive edit, never before and never at the same time. A copy editor is usually the last person to work on your manuscript before it is converted to a book or ebook.
Copy editing is a thorough process that requires the editor to work in short bursts of intense concentration. For an average-length book of 70,000 words, copy editing will take around three weeks, though this is dependent on the exact length and nature of your book.
To get started, first ensure that there’s nothing more you want to do to your book and that it’s ready for this final stage of editing. Once you’re sure, simply get in touch with us to start the copy editing process. You will be sent an invoice for 50% of the overall fee for the edit, and when this has been paid, your editor will be in touch to discuss the edit and timeframe. After that, it’s just a case of sitting back and waiting the short amount of time it will take to get your story ready for the literary marketplace.
If you’d like to hear what other authors thought about this service then just let us know. We’ll pass on the details of former clients who are happy to be contacted for a reference.