Copy and line editing
which one do i need?
Copy and line editing explained
how i edit
For self-publishing authors, I usually recommend a combined edit, including both copyediting and line editing tasks. This means a more well-rounded edit, covering all bases, both technical and stylistic. It ensures you get the most polished version of your manuscript from one edit, and you get the benefit of some line-level coaching to help you improve your writing in the future. That being said, I’ll always work with your needs as an author in mind, and these services can be separated if you don’t want both.
If you’re seeking traditional publication, copyediting would be provided by your publisher. You won’t need to pay for that service independently. If you’re concerned about sentence-level issues before you submit to agents, a line edit on its own may be beneficial to smooth out your work before submission.
what you get
For a combined copy and line edit, you will receive a fully edited manuscript, marked up in Microsoft Word using the Track Changes feature. This is the easiest way for you to see and understand my edits and comments, as everything is tracked in red. (It’s not as scary as it sounds, promise!).
You’ll also receive a set of editing notes in a separate document, explaining areas of the edit in more detail, and a comprehensive style sheet.
If you aim to pursue traditional publishing and would like a line edit on its own, the style sheet may be left out.