Copy-editing

Pulling a text together at a draft stage

If you wish me to copy-edit your text, I will be:

  • making sure the text hangs together and is internally consistent
  • making sure the level of language is appropriate for its target audience
  • making sure the text is the right length for the job
  • making sure page numbers, headings, sub-headings, footnotes, references, and the running headers and footers on each page are all present and correct
  • making sure the contents page matches the section headings, and that headings and sub-headings help readers' understanding
  • suggesting minor re-wording, to make the language easier to read or to avoid ambiguity
  • suggesting structural improvements, if needed
  • suggesting possible improvements for communicating facts, for example, where a block of text could perhaps be replaced by an illustration or figure, or a hyperlink to another web page
  • flagging up anything that seems unclear
  • flagging up where there appear to be bits missing from the text
  • flagging up any obvious factual mistakes or dubious statements
  • flagging up any obvious copyright, moral or libel issues
  • and carrying out all the checks included in the proofreading list

Projects using this service

Curriculum resources for Sustrans

I copy-edited written curriculum resources for both pupils and teachers.

Part of the task was to impose internal consistency on the written English, as different members of staff had written different parts.

I then arranged for Welsh translation, and proofread the Welsh against the original English.

Sustrans is the UK's national sustainable transport charity.

What my clients say

Many thanks for your help and for doing such a great job in a short space of time.

Programme Development Officer for Education and Young People

Turner, a novel, for its author

I copy-edited a thriller/horror novel and provided critical challenges to the writing.

As well as picking up typos and so forth, the author Karl Drinkwater engaged me to flag up ways of making the text flow better. He valued my comments as a reader as well as an editor.

Karl is an exciting young author and he published Turner himself on Smashwords and Amazon.