Copy editing focuses on grammar, word usage, rhythm, and style of the text. We use the Chicago Manual of Style as a style guide, but will defer to the author's voice and tone unless it impairs readability.
We use MS Word's track changes and comments to edit and suggest revisions on your document.
We offer sample edits of 500 words prior to offering a contract to edit your novel or short story. We do this for two reasons: one, so you can see how we edit; and two, so we can see how you write. Both sides must agree that we are a good fit before we will commit to editing a full novel manuscript.
Copy editing rates are based on the project. Once we receive your sample and we agree to move forward, you will send us your project and we'll send you a contract. If you agree to the terms of the contract, you will owe half of the fee at contract signing and the other half on delivery.
Turnaround times for copy editing will typically be about 10-15 business days for an average novel manuscript under 100,000 words. Faster times are available, but will be more expensive.