Copyediting

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Once your manuscript has been organized (using our written analysis and developmental editing services), copyediting will begin.

Every author’s writing
is different.

We can never tell up front if your manuscript will need more than one round of copyediting until after we read it; however, please know that it is always our intention to bring a book to completion as quickly as possible.

Once we begin the copyediting process, we can copyedit the first chapter or two for review, if you wish. This method allows us to incorporate your feedback as we move forward. Then, if you feel comfortable with the level and style of copyediting after seeing a few chapters, you can authorize us at any point to finish the manuscript all at once.

You are encouraged to make changes at any time in any section of the manuscript; however, we will not review your new changes on already copyedited text until the next copyediting round.

In other words, our estimate is based on what is known at the time (i.e., known tasks) and one round; subsequent rounds of copyediting will be estimated separately.

First round of copyediting

The first round of copyediting includes any or all of the following tasks:

We will read the manuscript once.

We will copyedit the manuscript using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes editing tool. If you don’t have Microsoft Word or would prefer the changes related in a different way, please let us know.

Headings/text will be analyzed for consistency and logic.

Spelling, punctuation, and grammar of generic words and proper names and terms will be corrected.

We will correct spelling, punctuation, and accent marks in foreign words and terms.

Spelling, punctuation, grammar, and numbering of illustration/table text and titles will be conformed and corrected.

We will recommend the inclusion or deletion of character emphasis (i.e., the addition or removal of bold, italic, and/or bold italic).

            Live status of Internet addresses (URLs) will be validated.

            Acronyms will be organized and checked for consistency and usage. Creation of a list of acronyms is also available.

            Single-digit numbers will not be spelled out; double-digit and higher numbers will be spelled out (excluding dates, statistical numbers, etc.). If you have another preference, please let us know.

            The need for and placement of footnotes and/or endnotes to substantiate data and claims will be indicated.

            A series comma (i.e., “text, text, and text”) will be used unless otherwise instructed.

            Structure and style of the bibliography will be analyzed, conformed, and corrected according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.

            Formatting of bulleted/numbered lists will be conformed and corrected.

            The need for written permission for quoted material will be indicated.

            Spelling and use of trademark symbols will be verified.

            We will produce and deliver a first copyedited proof.

            Tasks not included in the first round of copyediting

            Formatting

            Fixing organizational and/or structural issues

            Checking facts and quoted text

            Locating correct URLs if existing URLs are invalid

            Providing and verifying bibliographic or footnote/endnote data for cited material

            Additional rounds of copyediting

            At a minimum, additional rounds of copyediting may consist of cleaning up unresolved issues from the previous round and applying those changes to previously edited text.

            You will decide whether you want us to reread the manuscript or just resolve the queries and comments.

            We will submit an estimate for additional rounds of copyediting, if required. This process will continue until you are ready to move forward.