A copy edit addresses any grammar issues, formatting needs, typos, or fact checking on your manuscript. This is a sentence-level edit that ensures your writing is technically sound and without any errors.
What you’ll receive in a copy edit:
- Two copies of your edited manuscript—one with changes highlighted and one with the changes accepted so you have a clean copy to look through.
- Notes on what errors or issues I’ve identified for your review, including:
- Corrected punctuation
- Changes to capitalization where appropriate
- Typos not caught by previous editors
- Adjustments of page layout to ensure all your headings are placed appropriately
- Arrangement of front and back matter
- Notes on any images that could be improved with higher-resolution
- Adjustments to title case on titles, headings, and subheadings
- Fact-checking outside references
- Notes on any potential social or political challenges in content that could be perceived as incorrect or prejudiced
- Highlighting of any copyright or trademark issues found
- An opportunity to reject any corrections you choose to ignore or disagree with
It’s also important to understand what a proofread is NOT:
- No structural issues will be addressed in a copy edit.
- It is also not a critique or content edit. All of those potential issues should be already taken care of by this point.
However, even though these things won’t be the primary focus of a copy edit, I will certainly let you know of any lingering issues in your manuscript.
Contact me today if you’re interested in a copy edit for your nonfiction book.