Known as the third stage of editing, following a development edit and a stylistic edit, copy editing focuses on improving grammar, spelling, usage, clarity, consistency, and readability throughout a document.
It also includes basic fact-checking and ensures correctness in imagery, tables, graphs.
In other words, during this stage of the editing process, I focus on the details, as opposed to the “big picture” (this takes places during the developmental editing stage). I also do not consider the sentence structure and overall flow of the document (this takes place during the stylistic editing stage).
However, at times, it is possible to combine the copy editing stage with a stylistic edit. Please contact me anytime for a quote.
I also offer sample edits to see if this working relationship is a good fit.
Copy Editing Rate and Process
For both fiction and non-fiction, my copy editing rate is $40 CAD per hour (at 5 pages per hour – 250 words per page).
an email discussion of your editing needs and project specifics,
one round of copy editing (and general inclusive language review), and
a follow up email discussion regarding any clarifications or questions.
At our agreed upon due date, I will provide you with
a copy edited document (either a Microsoft Word document with “Track Changes” and comments or a Google document with “Suggested” edits and comments),