The process of copy editing is ultimately to ensure a document / manuscript is:

  • Clear
  • Correct
  • Concise
  • Consistent
  • Complete

In order to make sure the above FIVE Cs are achieved, I will go through your document / manuscript looking at the following aspects:

  • Sentence and paragraph length
  • Accuracy of any quotes / dates / facts / spellings of names and places
  • Make sure the text of the document / manuscript is suitable for the intended audience – for example, are English spellings used when the book is intended for an American audience?
  • Content – is it written in the correct order? Is it logical?
  • Formatting errors – everything needs to be in the same font throughout, with the headings all uniform
  • I will also make suggestions for amendments for text – if a paragraph does not make sense to me, I will provide an example ‘rewrite’, which you can use or discard as you see fit

If you have a manuscript, I am able to make sure that the text is up to the correct standard to send to a publishing house. This includes ensuring the structure is correct, as follows:

  • The preliminary matter
    • Half title page
    • Title page
    • Dedication
    • Foreward
    • Preface
    • Acknowledgements
    • Contents
  • The main text (other than the proofreading and copy editing of actual text)
    • New chapters to start on the right-hand page (recto)
    • Conclusion, epilogue or afterword
  • The end matter (where applicable)
    • Appendices
    • Glossaries
    • Bibliography
    • Index