Line and copyediting

For me line editing and copyediting happen in sync with each other.  My main goal is to preserve the writer’s voice and tone, while removing errors and offering suggestions that help with flow and ease of reading.

Copyediting is straight forward. It catches errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar and word usage.

Line editing goes a bit deeper and looks at the clarity and flow of the piece. This is where I look for redundancies or things that feel ambiguous or clunky – always with an ear to retaining your voice.

Line and copyediting is for writers who feel that their work is basically ready to go but want a professional eye to proof read it, catch any basic errors and offer suggestions that can boost the prose from “meh” to something clear, concise and a pleasure to read.

Cost: 5 cents/word CAD

How to begin:

Contact me to begin the conversation.

You can use my contact form to request one of the following:

Sample Edit

I offer sample edits to prospective clients free of charge. This is a way for us to see if we are a good fit and for you to decide if you would like to work with me.

I will:

  1. Read up to 10 pages and do a sample line edit (and or provide comments) on the first 2-3 pages.
  2. Deliver your annotated manuscript and a short memo that will:
    1. give you an overview of my thoughts on the pages I read
    1. suggest an editorial approach to your manuscript
    1. include a quote for my services if you choose to work with me

If I don’t connect with your work, or feel that it is not ready for editing, I will still provide you with my thoughts and suggestions, but I won’t make a proposal for us to work together.

Free consultation

If a Sample Edit doesn’t fit your project, I offer a free consultation (phone or zoom) to meet and discuss your project and how I might support you.

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Ailish Sinclair

Stories and photos from Scotland

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Poetry, essays and other musings by Cathy Standiford

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