What is copyediting, and why is it important? Copy editors perform copyediting services such as proofreading, line editing, and substantive editing. Many different types of writing—including scientific articles, dissertations, school papers, articles, and web copy—would benefit from a copy editor reading through them before publication.
All manuscripts need copyediting before publishing. Authors know their manuscript best but may be too invested in the information to recognize if their manuscript reads clearly, makes sense, and is free of mechanical errors. After all, creative stories by great authors deserve to be in the best shape they can possibly be.
Elite Authors’ book editing services help authors through proofreading, copyediting, and line editing of their manuscripts. This leaves authors the time to focus on bringing their stories together without having to worry about proofreading or editing their own work. Although hiring a copy editor may seem like an unnecessary expense, you’ll get many benefits when hiring a copy editor for your manuscript.
When you choose Elite Authors for your editorial services, you’ll work with the best possible copy editor for your manuscript. Each copy editor at Elite Authors has many years of experience in proofreading, developmental editing, line editing, and substantive editing. In addition, Elite Authors’ copy editors worked on over 1,750 manuscripts last year. An experienced copy editor will read your manuscript thoroughly and make suggestions for line editing, developmental editing, and substantive editing.
It’s difficult to write a manuscript—and even more difficult to copyedit your own. But an experienced copy editor looks at your manuscript with fresh eyes. They will make line edits or other edits based on your needs and the needs of your manuscript. Having someone else copyedit your manuscript is necessary because someone who is cold reading your work will immediately recognize if the story makes sense, if your idea is executed well, and if it captures the reader’s attention.
Moreover, a copy editor will look for errors in grammar that detract from the meaning of the manuscript. For example, a character who is a college English professor would not be realistic or believable if their dialogue included poor grammar. Grammatical errors take away from your credibility as an author.
If your book needs a bit more work, consider developmental editing. A dev edit takes a deep dive into the overall manuscript. It keeps your target audience in mind and looks for elements such as plot holes, structure, consistent phrasing, and characterization. Developmental editing and substantive editing look at the entire manuscript for overall content, clarity, and consistency.
An Elite Authors copy editor will review your manuscript closely for spelling and grammar errors. Your manuscript’s development will be strong, with consistent language and phrasing. Moreover, your characters will be well developed and believable. Elite Authors copy editors make sure that your audience can hear your voice and that your manuscript is the best it can be.
When you hire a copyediting service from Elite Authors, you’re hiring people with extensive experience making words sound great, spotting mechanical errors a mile away, and making books look beautiful. Elite Authors’ copy editors edit thousands of manuscripts per year and catch, on average, ten to fifteen mistakes per page in each one. We place authors with copy editors who are familiar with their field or genre, so they can bring their expert knowledge to your manuscript.
It may be tempting to try to save money by not hiring a copy editor. You may also feel that as the author, you know your manuscript the best and can edit it yourself. However, working with an editing service is a necessity before attempting to publish anything. Using an editing service prior to publication ensures that your manuscript is professional and polished and has the potential to get great reviews.
As mentioned above, a copy editor will correct many things in your manuscript. These corrections may include spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Copy editors will also look over elements such as footnotes, endnotes, tables, charts, and captions to make sure that they are clear and free of errors.
After developmental editing—which you likely received before submitting your manuscript for copyediting—your manuscript will look quite different. Thus, it’s important to accept the suggestions of an experienced copy editor so that your manuscript is ready for final proofing and publication.
In addition to copyediting, an editing service can also direct you to a book formatting service. Book formatting services involve the different elements of the book other than the plain text. We have professionals who can discuss elements such as page layout, designs, fonts, and chapter titles with you. Elite Authors has a wide range of beautiful fonts and layouts to choose from.
Additionally, Elite Authors copy editors consider the type of manuscript and make recommendations about tables of contents, indexes, charts, and graphs. For instance, books of poetry look different than a scientific article, and children’s books have their own unique style. Elite Authors will also consider illustrations during the formatting process.
There are many risks involved in publishing a manuscript without working with a copy editor first. If you’re thinking of submitting your manuscript to a traditional publishing house, mechanical errors decrease your chances of success. And if you’re self-publishing, errors in your manuscript decrease your credibility, detract from your message or story, and can cause confusion or miscommunication.
Errors, inconsistencies, and plot holes are also embarrassing and may damage your reputation as an author. When you do not use a copyediting service to line edit your manuscript before submitting it for publication, you risk appearing unprofessional and less than credible.
When you work with an experienced copy editor, you know that they will take a thorough look at all the elements of your work. Things such as spelling consistencies, layout, tone, style, and mechanics will be given the attention that they need for your work to shine. Copy editors are great at proofreading and editing, and they stay on top of the current copyediting trends in the world of writing.
Your work needs to sound up to date. Have you ever read a book that was published a long time ago and struggled with the language and style? Our copy editors are experts on the most recent language trends and will keep those in mind as they edit your manuscript.
Copyediting is an important part of the writing process. Using an editing service like Elite Authors helps to ensure that your manuscript is free of errors and inconsistencies. There are several types of copyediting services that Elite Authors’ copy editors complete.
Think about your favorite author. What would you say his or her reputation says about them? Chances are their reputation does not include things like constant misspellings, plot holes, or incorrect information in a nonfiction text.
As an author, you want your reputation to be flawless as well. You want to be known for creating great content that is enjoyable to read, engaging, and free from errors. Working with the copy editors at Elite Authors will help to solidify your reputation as a knowledgeable author.
The copy editors at Elite Authors work with authors in a variety of ways. The first step is to determine if your manuscript needs proofreading, if it needs a copyedit, or if it needs a line edit. There is a distinct difference between proofreading, copyediting, and line editing, and part of what we do is to help decide which one you need or if you need multiple copyediting services.
Elite Authors offers many different editing services. These include developmental editing, proofreading services, and line editing. At Elite Authors, you will find developmental editors, proofreaders, and line editors waiting to read your manuscript.
Most authors and copy editors complete six to eight rounds of editing together. This makes sure that all manuscripts are free of errors. It also ensures that all the hard work you did on your manuscript is the absolute best it can be.
Although you won’t notice any copyediting marks on your manuscript (we’re not that old school), you will notice edits using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature. This allows you, the author, to see and either accept or reject every change to your work. You have all the power!
Many authors may have questions about copyediting and the entire process of working with a copy editor. The first question might be “What, exactly, is copyediting?”
Copyediting is a step in the writing process in which professional copy editors look at a manuscript and offer suggestions for writing corrections pertaining to spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Copyediting does not deal extensively with the actual writing of an author.
The process of copyediting can correct minor issues in plot or voice, but copyediting mainly focuses on mechanical errors in the writing. Line editing or working with a developmental editor are better choices for addressing things like plot holes or lack of clarity in a manuscript.
Many people use the terms proofreading and copyediting interchangeably. While there is overlap between the two terms, there are distinct differences between them. Although there is a slight difference, an editing service is capable of handling both tasks.
Proofreading refers to looking over a manuscript for small errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics. Manuscripts that are almost ready for publication need proofreading. This is often the last step in the writing process.
Copyediting is more in depth. An in-house copy editor or a freelance editor can copyedit. Copyediting takes place before a manuscript is laid out for publication or formatted. A copy editor may suggest minor changes to tact and tone, dialog, plot, or content and will also look for mechanical errors. Copy editors may also make suggestions about word usage, colloquialisms, and grammar.
The editing process can seem long and tedious. However, six to eight rounds of editing by a professional editor is the norm when it comes to the prepublishing process. Multiple rounds of editing ensure that the manuscript is as well written and as free from error as possible.
Years ago, the only way to get a manuscript published was to go through a traditional publishing house. Now there are many different publishing options available to authors. E-books and self-publishing do not require submitting a manuscript to a publishing house.
Even if you self-publish your book, you still need editing services to make the manuscript marketable. A copy editor can help an author who wants to self-publish with developmental editing, line editing, or proofreading.
For authors who choose to self-publish, a copyediting service can be a great resource for the publishing process. Self-publishing authors often have less experience, and a professional copy editor can aid in developmental editing and line editing as the manuscript takes shape. The editing process can be daunting, and a good copy editor can help an author walk through it.
Books published online still need to be free from errors and formatted correctly. Hiring a copy editor as well as an editor to assist in the book cover design and layout will aid the author in publishing their manuscript online. A good working relationship between an author and editor will help create a solid, marketable manuscript.
We recommend copyediting no matter what type of publishing you decide to pursue. If you want to pursue a traditional publishing house, a manuscript that is clear and free of errors is an absolute necessity. Furthermore, copyediting helps to protect your reputation when you submit a manuscript. No author wants to tarnish their reputation by turning in a messy book that contains errors.
If you have a manuscript that you’re considering publishing, contact the Elite Authors team. Elite Authors can help with a wide variety of editing services. One such service is developmental editing, which helps to shape and develop your manuscript.
Another service is line editing, in which we scrutinize your manuscript line by line to look for consistency, characterization, and plot fluidity. Proofreading and copyediting services polish your manuscript and get it ready to submit for publication.
Contact Elite Authors for experienced, professional help with all your copyediting needs.