What is Copy Editing?

Updated: May 11

When it comes to line editing, copy editing, and proofreading, the three can sometimes overlap even though they each serve an entirely different purpose from one another. While line editing focuses on content, style, and use of language, for instance, copyediting focuses on all of those in addition to checking for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Copy editing is typically done after a line edit.

The Process: Copy editing requires a great amount of detail and knowledge/skills. It is designed to make sure that your overall content/copy is free of errors and that all facts are checked. During a copy edit, I (your editor) will analyze your manuscript for sentence structure, diction, spelling, grammar, consistency, flow, fact-checking, and punctuation.

Copy editing requires a great deal of attention to detail on both an author's part and the part of their editor.


Checks for:

Spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors

Capitalization

Table of contents

Formatting




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