Why do you need a copy-editor?
Ready to send your work off to an agent or publisher? Looking to self-publish? It’s a hard enough task to take on, so you really want to ensure your work will shine. You need your writing to be impeccable, so your readers can simply concentrate on the story you’re telling and not the errors which have crept in!
Copy-editing is the stage prior to proofreading. You can see from the list of items covered in the Copy-editing Overview page how hiring a copy editor might enhance your manuscript. Perhaps you feel happy enough with the story. Maybe you’ve already had your work professionally critiqued, so don’t feel you need a full substantive edit. A copy edit will polish your manuscript, ready for the final proofreading stage.
What will I do?
Once you e-mail me your manuscript, I print it off and make corrections. Then I read it through again to ensure I haven’t missed anything first time around. Generally it is easiest to work with a Word document and use the Track Changes tools. However, if this isn’t feasible for you, I can also work from a hard copy which you can mail to me, or I can accept a pdf file.
NB: I am happy to proofread five pages of your work for free to assure you of the quality of my skills.
My fees for authors are as follows:
£7.50, $11.50 or €9.50 per thousand words for works of fiction.
For non-fiction, a rate will be determined after a discussion of the nature of the work (this is due to the fact that some non-fiction requires a large amount of fact-checking). The minimum rate is £9.50, $14.50 or €12 per thousand words.
A minimum fee of £50, $75 or €63 applies for both fiction and non-fiction.
Should you wish to have your work both edited and proofread, a discount may apply.
A deposit of 50% is required in advance. The remainder should be paid on receipt of the invoice. I accept payment via wire transfer or Paypal. Payment can be made in either GBP, USD or EUR. For other currencies, please drop me an e-mail to check.