Sally Chewter - Copy Editor / Proofreader

Why do you need an editor?

I understand your fiction & non-fiction projects.

whyWhether you've written beat poetry or the next blockbuster screenplay, a lavish, bodice-ripping period romance or a science fiction adventure, I know your form and genre. I know about important things like leaving the dialects alone, preserving your voice and vision, and making sure you retain complete creative control. If you've written non-fiction, be assured I'll be focused on helping you communicate your ideas clearly and concisely, giving you a better, stronger, and perfectly crafted manuscript.

One thing many independent authors don’t invest in is a quality editor. But let me tell you: EDITING IS NOT OPTIONAL.

One of the reasons many authors skip this step is because they just don’t know what they are going to get.

Worries I often hear:

  • Will you be mean to me?
  • Will you try to change my 'voice' or my vision?
  • Will you charge an unreasonable fee?
  • My book looks GREAT to me.. so what exactly does a copy editor do and why would I need one?
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Copy Editing - the options

copy editorYou have written your text or your book, but before submitting it for publishing, or self-publishing, you know it probably needs thorough checking and tidying up.  This can be difficult to do yourself, as you will see what you expect to see and will tend to miss any errors.

In a sense, copy-editing is a "step up" from proofreading, although in the traditional publishing process, it actually comes before proofreading. The idea is that the copy (the manuscript, document, etc.) is first edited by a copy-editor and then proofread as the last "quality control" phase.

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Proofreading

No Proofreading

proofreaderProofreading means examining your text carefully to find and correct typographical errors and mistakes in grammar, style and spelling. Be sure the larger aspects of your text are revised first. You don't want corrections made at the sentence and word level, if you still need to work on the focus, organisation and development of the whole manuscript, of sections, or of paragraphs. The proofreader will read through your work once (backwards, sentence by sentence) to check for fragments; read through again (forwards) to be sure subjects and verbs agree, and again (perhaps using a computer search for "this," "it," and "they") to trace pronouns to antecedents.

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