NONFICTION COPYEDItor

for self-publishing authors, bloggers, and entrepreneurs

Are you a self-publishing author?

Have you written a nonfiction book sharing your expertise on a topic? Maybe you want to help people with your knowledge, but you don’t want them to be distracted by misplaced commas and spelling mistakes. I can help you with that! My job is to smooth and polish your writing so that there are as few errors as humanly possible while still retaining your voice

How to Use Commas (and Mistakes to Avoid)
How to use an apostrophe

Are you a blogger?

Maybe you’re a blogger or online entrepreneur who needs to put out content on a regular basis? Whether you’re looking for someone to weed out typos before you publish or someone to write engaging, SEO-optimized blog posts for you, I can help. 

WHAT IS COPYEDITING?

Copyediting focuses on fixing errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage, ensuring that the writing is clear and consistent.

It usually takes place after developmental/content editing (if required) and before proofreading.

When copyediting I check for the following:

  • Correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Consistency of capitalization and hyphenation
  • Correct word usage
  • Repeated or missing words
  • Formatting issues with font size, style, and layout
  • Dialogue tags and punctuating dialogue
  • Consistency of timeline and character details
  • Fix or flag confusing phrases
  • Fix or flag sentences that are repetitive or too wordy
  • Basic fact-checking (e.g., brand name or place name spelling)
  • American or British English

WHAT GENRES DO I WORK ON?

The genres I specialize in are true crime, entrepreneurship, marketing, online business, travel, pet care, and self-help

I have particular experience in the areas of nonfiction books, online course material, website content, blogs and email newsletters, and economic publications. I have a bachelor’s degree in business studies, specializing in economics and finance, and a career-based knowledge of the finance sector as well as eight years’ experience of working in the public sector.

HOW IT WORKS

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FILE FORMAT

My preference is to edit in Microsoft Word. However, for files with under 20K words, I will happily accept a Google Docs file.

I use the track changes function in Microsoft Word, allowing you to review my edits and accept or reject them as you see fit.

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REFERENCE BOOKS

I use The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

If you have your own style sheet or would like me to use a different reference manual (e.g., for British English), please let me know.

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DELIVERY

At the end of the project, you’ll receive

*A tracked changes file with all edits and comments showing

*A comments-only file with all edits accepted for ease of reading 

*A personalized style sheet explaining some of the decisions I made 

Rose Guthrie

I don’t see myself working with anyone else!

I have enjoyed working with Catherine, not only because of her professionalism, but you can tell she cares about your project (which is very important for me when picking people to work with). She delivers work to you fast and is always ready for any challenge you send her way. I had never worked with a proofreader before Catherine, but she made my first experience pretty amazing, and I don’t see myself working with anyone else.

Rose Guthrie, Digital Marketing Strategist, Rosie Does Digital

HOW MUCH DOES COPYEDITING COST?

For projects of 5,000 words or more: $0.029 per word

For projects with fewer than 5,000 words, contact me for a quote.

Prices are quoted in USD.

Turnaround time: Approximately 20,000 words per week