Copyediting services

The following is meant to help clarify some of the misconceptions about professional copyediting and what copyeditors do:

  • Editors Canada provides definitions of editorial skills here.
  • Wikipedia provides a useful entry on copy editing here.
  • Wendy Laura Belcher offers definitions of copy editing terms and suggestions for working with academic copy editors here.
  1. General copyediting, or technical editing, includes correcting grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors, ensuring consistency or standardization in style, and improving clarity, conciseness, and flow.
  2. Style editing refers to correcting style in accordance with a style guide such as, to name a few, the Modern Language Association (MLA) or the American Psychological Association (APA).
  3. Correlation or crosscheck editing includes checking cross-references to pages, tables or charts, captions, etc.; checking citations with references; and crosschecking titles with the table of contents (Belcher).
  4. Substantive or content editing includes addressing global issues such as structure and organization and logic and clarity (Belcher).

A thorough academic copyeditor will edit from 2 to 5 pages an hour, depending on how many issues a manuscript has (Belcher). One page is defined as approximately 250 words (double-spaced, 12 pt. font).

University students: If you require help with a thesis or dissertation, firstly I suggest that you contact your university’s writing centre for assistance; typically, there will not be any cost involved, and they will help you learn how to copyedit your work, which is ideal. Editors Canada provides “Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Theses / Dissertations” here.

Copyediting (copy editing or copy-editing) services are available for students, individuals, and companies. I specialize in academic (arts and humanities), business, and general non-fiction copyediting. Please contact me for prices and scheduling: well.turned.words@gmail.com

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