A copy edit, or first/rough edit, is a review of your manuscript using the Microsoft Word Track Changes feature and provide an edit that corrects typos and ensures consistency in:
In addition, I also provide an editorial letter explaining the suggested changes made in the manuscript.
As a qualified professional editor, I use the standard Australian Style Manual for Authors, editors and printers, 6th edition, the preferred style guide in the Australian publishing industry, while editing your manuscript.
Changes to your manuscript are simply suggestions and you are in total control over which changes you want to accept and/or decline.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will my manuscript be error-free after editing?
Editing is a multiple round process; not all errors within a text may be caught within one or two rounds of editing. Traditionally published books are edited multiple times throughout the whole pre-publishing process, and even then, it is not uncommon to have a small number of grammatical errors within the book when it goes to print. For this reason, I recommend to go through the copy editing process a minimum of twice.
Q: Will I be able to speak directly with you?
Although it is usually not necessary to speak directly with me as your editor, as the majority of communication is done via email, I do offer my personal mobile phone number to you when editing begins. You can contact me personally via email, mobile phone, and may offer Skype Chats if necessary.
Q: What are your qualifications?
I’ve studied a Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing) with minors in creative writing and public relations. I am a member of the Society of Editors (QLD) Inc. I also have a Certificate in Professional Childrens Writing through the Australian College of Journalism. I have 11 years extensive experience in digital media and online marketing, blogging, WordPress, copy writing, and content development and marketing…. and I write fiction and non-fiction.
Q: Do I need Microsoft Word if I hire you for an editing service?
No. However, I do prefer to accept manuscripts in Microsoft Word (doc. or docx. format). In order to accept or reject my suggested changes and review the feedback, you must view and revise your edited manuscript in Microsoft Word. I am also happy to take on editing projects through Google Docs. I can edit on paper too…. but we’re in the 21st century and that’s a huge amount of paper being wasted.