SERVICES PROVIDED

I provide copyediting services for all kinds of writers. In addition to the typical errors copyeditors correct, there are several more things I look for. When you are done writing and making any changes to your story, my job is to completely polish your novel. When I’m done editing your manuscript, there will be no more errors.

COPYEDITING FICTION

Here are the things I look for when editing a fiction manuscript: 

  • Spelling Errors

  • Grammatical Errors

  • Punctuation (such as missing quotation marks or overused suspension points)

  • Capitalization (I’ll make sure it’s correct and consistent.)

  • Tense

  • Syntax (I’ll rearrange sentences that are awkward to read.)

  • Repetition (such as too many participial phrases in a row)

  • Sentence Structure (If there are sentence fragments, I will do what I can to correct them without changing the feel the author is going for.)

  • Continuity (If a character gets shot in the right arm, I’ll make sure it doesn’t suddenly switch to the left.)

  • Timeline Errors (I will discover them and then do what I can to help you figure out how to fix them.)

I will be vigilant while editing your novel, looking out for anything that doesn’t seem right. If a character does something that seems contrary to how you’ve described him or her, I’ll bring it to your attention by inserting a note at that point in the manuscript. Or if a character does some math, I’ll check it (to the best of my ability) and let you know if it’s wrong. I don’t draw a firm line between the things I’ve listed above and other errors I see. If I detect that something is off, I will always let you know and will help in whatever way I can.

COPYEDITING NONFICTION

Here are the things I look for when editing a nonfiction manuscript: 

  • Spelling Errors

  • Grammatical Errors

  • Punctuation (such as missing quotation marks or misused ellipses)

  • Capitalization (I’ll make sure it’s correct and consistent.)

  • Tense

  • Syntax (I’ll rearrange sentences that are awkward to read.)

  • Repetition (such as an overused word or phrase)

  • Sentence Structure (If there are sentence fragments, I will do what I can to correct them without changing the feel the author is going for.)

  • Names (If it’s a famous person, I’ll make sure the name is spelled correctly. If it’s someone only known to the author, I’ll make sure it’s spelled the same throughout the manuscript.)

  • Locations

  • Dates

  • Quotations (I’ll verify that the quotation is completely accurate and is attributed to the right person.)

  • Endnotes and Footnotes (I’ll check the order to make sure there are no skipped numbers, and I’ll verify that each note is connected to the right source.)

  • Sources and Bibliographies (I’ll make sure the source is written completely accurately and is in the correct format.)

  • Fact Checking (If there are any facts mentioned that don’t fit under the categories above, I will do my best to verify their accuracy.)

STYLE GUIDE

I refer to the Chicago Manual of Style for all of my editing. I stick with American English rules, but if I notice British spellings (like "theatre," "behaviour," or "grey"), I'll defer to the writer's preference and will make sure everything is consistent throughout the novel. If there is a certain styling that you would like to keep in your novel, please let me know, and I’ll check for consistency with that, too. For instance, the Chicago Manual of Style says that suspension points should be three spaced periods. But if you have a preference for Microsoft Word’s special formatting for suspension points, let me know, and I’ll make sure all of them are formatted that way.

EDITING TOOLS USED

I use Microsoft Word when copyediting a manuscript. The track-changes tool within Word allows the author to see (and accept or reject) all the corrections and changes I’ve made, and it lets me insert notes to the author in specific manuscript lines as well. In order for me to copyedit your manuscript accurately, I request that you use twelve-point Times New Roman font, double spaced.

SCHEDULING

Depending on the scheduling, I try to complete a 100,000-word manuscript in two weeks (fourteen consecutive days). I will provide a specific time frame for each author, depending on the length of the manuscript.

 

As soon as you’re ready to get on my copyediting calendar to meet your publishing deadline, you’ll need to pay a deposit on my services. The details are listed below in my rates.

COPYEDITING RATES

Many editors charge by the hour, and while that creates a steady income for the editor, the author paying for the service can't be sure of exactly how much the end cost will be.​ I’ve found that charging by the word is the most fair, most sensible way of setting a price for copyediting services.

Per-word rates:

Fiction - 1.2 cents per word
​Nonfiction - 1.8 cents per word
(The total amount is rounded down to the nearest dollar and is in US dollars, to be paid via PayPal.)

 

The nonfiction rate is higher because those manuscripts always require much more of my time. Why? Imagine a book based on someone's world travels. I must ensure that every name of every location is spelled correctly (and exists). If the writer says he or she traveled north to get to the next city, then I will make sure that city is indeed north of where he or she was. If famous people, events, or quotations are mentioned, I will also fact-check each one of those instances. Nonfiction is a much larger investment of my time, which is why it costs more.

As soon as you’re ready to get on my copyediting calendar to meet your publishing deadline, you’ll need to pay a 10% deposit to schedule my services. This will reserve a place for your manuscript on my calendar. The rest of the balance will be due before the day I start copyediting your manuscript.

Jackie Jones, Copyeditor

Seattle, Washington, and Beyond

Jackie@JJcopyediting.com

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