Make sure that your copy is right
Once your work is written, we can review it to insure that grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style are perfect. We’ll check for consistency and accuracy throughout and insure that any required style guidelines are followed.
When we copy edit, we focus on the details of your work. When we engage in substantive editing (which includes copy editing), we also look at the big picture.
We usually use The Chicago Manual of Style or The Associated Press Stylebook and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, but we can use other guides on request.
COPY EDITING INCLUDES MAKING SURE THAT:
- Your writing is clear, correct, and comprehensible
- Your work consistently follows standard editorial guidelines
- Your grammar, word choice, and sentence structure is ideal
- Your punctuation, capitalization, spelling, headings, subheadings, and lists are proper, consistent, and accurate
- Your subjects and verbs and pronouns and antecedents are in agreement
- You don’t use slang, sexist language, or other inappropriate figures of speech
- Your citations, references, glossary, notes, tables, figures, and charts are accurate and complete
- Abbreviations, acronyms, numbers, and symbols are used properly
- Illustrations and tables are in the right place and are referenced appropriately
- Your table of contents is accurate
- Notes, bibliographies, and reference lists are standardized