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Copy Edit or Line Edit

General Overview

This focuses on individual sentences and paragraphs and takes a much closer view of your book. This will be a two-pass read of the manuscript that includes an editorial letter and comments marked in track changes in your manuscript. 

Typically, a copy edit will include an editorial letter that will run one to three pages in length, a style sheet, and comments made inside your manuscript in Track Changes. 

The Nitty Gritty Details

The copyediting phase includes:

  •  Sentence and paragraph structure
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Word usage
  • Awkward sentence structure
  • Unnecessary repetition
  • Crutch words
  • Flagging clichés or other prose-related issues
  • Dialogue issues
  • Word choice
  • Incorrect facts
  • Anomalies
  • Glaring typos
  • Continuity/plot flaws

Style sheet includes:

  • Punctuation
  • Numbers
  • Spellings
  • List of characters
  • List of places
  • Timeline of events

I will make sure your manuscript isn’t riddled with bad grammar, spelling mistakes, glaring typos, or embarrassing inconsistencies.

I will also follow the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) guidelines. 

Does not include:

  • Big-picture issues such as plot, characterization, or pacing
  • Formatting


Details of Copy Edit or Line Edit


Two passes (two full read-throughs) 


2-4 weeks, depending on the project length and the current editorial schedule. 


Pricing starts at $0.012/per word. 

Each manuscript will receive a free sample edit with a personalized bid for service. The sample edit will include the first five pages. 

Please note that pricing is only an estimate. Projects are quoted based on the writing sample. Please request a free sample edit and quote to get started.