You’ve spent a lot of time in the company of your writing and know it inside out. But will your readers understand what you mean, or might they be confused? A line and copy edit will refine your style, tighten your prose and improve pace by eliminating redundant language and repetition. It will also highlight plot or narrative inconsistencies and clarify any ambiguous phrasing.
While developmental editing looks at the bigger picture, this is editing at sentence level. Line editing – also known as stylistic editing – focuses on style, rhythm and flow. Copy editing concentrates on technical accuracy, consistency and clarity.
I offer a combination of line and copy editing. This involves an in-depth treatment of the text, helping to fine-tune your language and make your writing more elegant. My aim is to help you connect with your readers in an engaging and accessible way, and to enhance your unique style and voice. And hopefully, I can help you to become a better writer in the process. Sometimes imperceptible details can make all the difference between a good and a great manuscript.
As well as checking grammar, spelling and punctuation, I’ll focus on areas such as:
For line and copy editing, I use Word Track Changes. You’ll receive your work clearly marked up with my suggestions, corrections and queries, which you are free to accept or reject – this way, not only will you see exactly what I’ve done, but you’ll learn about your own writing habits and how to improve your craft. If you prefer, I’ll also send you a clean version with all changes accepted and just my comments showing. If you’re not familiar with Track Changes or other useful Word tools such as Styles, just let me know and I’ll provide you with some clear and helpful resources.
On average, it’s best to allow four to six weeks for a line and copy edit. First, I read the manuscript to get an overview. Then I do two full passes before returning the manuscript to you along with the style sheet. Once you’ve gone through the manuscript, send it back to me so I can check any changes you’ve made and do a final consistency check.
The end result will be a clean, edited manuscript ready to be formatted and proofread before self-publishing, and in the best shape ready to submit to agents.
Professional editing is a significant investment, but remember: you’re not just investing in this manuscript, you’re investing in your future writing. I aim to help you become a better writer through the editing process by showing you how to improve your skills and build confidence in your writing ability.
No two manuscripts are the same, and the time involved depends on the type of editing, complexity of the individual manuscript, and the level of editorial input. There are other considerations too, such as your own writing experience, how many drafts you’ve done, and whether you’ve already had (and implemented) feedback from beta readers, critique groups, or another developmental editor. Once I’ve seen your manuscript and you’ve provided me with some background information, I can give you an accurate quote, with no hidden costs.
My rates are in line with industry standards and are based on recommendations by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP, UK), of which I am an Advanced Professional Member, the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA, US), and the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI, Ireland). Please also bear in mind that these recommendations have not been updated for some time (the dates are on the links). As a general guide, for line editing you can expect to budget €35–45 per 1,000 words.
Prices are in euros. You can see more information about payment methods, deposits, cancellation policy and so on in my terms and conditions. And of course if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
If you’re interested in working together on your manuscript, please drop me a line sooner rather than later! My calendar is usually full three to six months in advance. However, I recognise the need for flexibility, and manuscripts can take longer to write than planned – plus we all know that life has a habit of getting in the way. So, it’s always worth getting in touch to see what’s possible.