I provide copyediting services for a broad range of nonfiction publications and welcome manuscripts for books, journal articles, news publications, how-to manuals, cookbooks, corporate and nonprofit documents, websites, dissertations, theses, and other scholarly works.

Freelance Copyediting

Copyediting is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Therefore, I offer three levels of editorial assistance, described below, that are project dependent. I will work with you to help you determine the extent of copyediting expertise that is appropriate for your manuscript. 

Light Copyedit

  • Correcting technical mistakes in grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, and usage

  • Pointing out paragraphs that are wordy or convoluted

  • Asking for clarification of terms likely to be new to readers

  • Querying factual inconsistencies or other portions of the text that seem incorrect

  • Correlating the different pieces of a manuscript

  • Noting textual elements that may require permission to be printed

  • Ensuring adherence to the publication’s style guidelines

Medium Copyedit

  • Correcting technical mistakes in grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, and usage

  • Identifying or revising text that is technically correct but grammatically awkward

  • Suggesting revisions to patches of wordy or convoluted text

  • Asking for or supplying clarification of terms likely to be new to readers

  • Verifying content that can be located in common reference materials

  • Querying faulty organization or gaps in logic

  • Correlating the different pieces of a manuscript

  • Noting textual elements that may require permission to be printed

  • Ensuring adherence to the publication’s style guidelines

Heavy Copyedit

  • Correcting technical mistakes in grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, and usage

  • Revising text that is technically correct but grammatically awkward

  • Rewording patches of wordy or convoluted text

  • Supplying clarification of terms likely to be new to readers

  • Verifying and revising content that can be located in common reference materials

  • Fixing, if possible, faulty organization or gaps in logic

  • Correlating the different pieces of a manuscript

  • Noting textual elements that may require permission to be printed

  • Ensuring adherence to the publication’s style guidelines

 

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