Academic Copy Editing
Each writer has unique editing needs, from light to substantive interventions. I will discuss your goals and timeline with you in a free consultation meeting (20 minutes), and from there we will come up with a plan to successfully complete your project/defend your dissertation/publish your article.
If you are not at the point that you can provide a complete draft of your chapter or article, then see my section on coaching and we can get you there.
Light Copy Editing:*
- Correct all indisputable errors in grammar, syntax, and usage.
- Point out or revise any infelicities.
- Point out paragraphs that seem egregiously wordy or awkward, but do not revise.
- Ignore minor patches of wordiness, imprecise wording, and jargon.
- Ask for or supply clarification of terms likely to be new to readers.
Heavy/Substantive Copy Editing:
- Correct all errors and infelicities in grammar, syntax, and usage.
- Rewrite any wordy or convoluted patch (unless utterly unclear to your dear editor).
- Ask for or supply definitions of terms likely to be new to readers.
Specifically, substantive copy editing can include:
- improving logic
- addressing problems of structure and organization
- replacing passive voice with active voice where necessary
- varying repeated words
- pointing out tautologies
- smoothing out awkward sentences
- defining special terms
- creating transitions between disparate paragraphs
- deleting irrelevant material
- reorganizing paragraphs
- suggesting areas for additional citation or research (in many cases suggesting specific works or authors)
- noting how the argument can be made stronger
- noting any inconsistencies in what you say you will do in your writing and what you actually do
Sliding Scale: My rates are competitive, and I'm willing to work with you and your budget. For new clients of larger projects, I can offer a free three-page sample edit.
For more info on hiring a copy editor, please see Wendy Belcher’s page here.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
* From Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor’s Handbook