Nothing ruins your book like a typo.
If you’re self-publishing, you’ll get a ton of one star reviews if readers find errors.
If you’re seeking traditional publishing, a misplaced comma can sink your chances with an agent or publisher (yes, they really care about the little details).
If you want to publish like a real author and get a serious amount of readers, then you absolutely should hire a copy editor to make sure you have a clean, professional, error-free manuscript.
How I Can Help You
I save you time. Yes, you can try to comb through your manuscript 1,000 more times to try to find that missing word, that wrongheaded punctuation, that silly spelling mistake, but let me save you the time.
Spend your time writing the next book while I clean up this one. I’ll take the frustration out of your editing process, and also, because I have fresh and experienced eyes, it’ll be much easier for me to catch all the things you missed.
I give you confidence. The main reason why writers hire copy editors is that they want to feel confident about their book. They know that millions of books are published each year, and millions of authors are seeking publishers for their work.
After hiring me for your copy edit, you will know that your manuscript is error-free and ready to compete with all the other books out there.
I give you an edge. A professionally edited manuscript is leaps and bounds above the competition. Readers will enjoy your book more.
You have a better chance of selling more copies because you’ll get better reviews, and you’ll have a much better chance to land an agent or publisher.
My Copy Editing Method
I use Track Changes in Word so you can see every change that I’m suggesting in the right-hand margin. I think it’s important for you to see the process of how I work with your manuscript.
Then you can decide whether to accept the change or reject the change.
On suggestions for sentence revisions and word changes, I will leave a comment in the right-hand margin that will offer a suggestion. Or sometimes I’ll simply replace the word with a new word, and you can keep it or revert back.
After the editing process, you can ask me any questions over email.
Most of my marks should be self-explanatory, but I’m always willing to help explain any change, such as why “mom” can be both lowercase and capitalized in the same paragraph. (It’s only capitalized when used as a name, and lowercase when referring to as “my mom”).
What Copy Editing Includes
I’m one of those crazy people who obsessed about grammar in her college English classes. Which means I know and use the Chicago Manual of Style. All the changes I make to your manuscript can be found in the rules and guidelines in CMS.
Copy editing includes all sentence-level corrections, meaning I will ensure your manuscript is up to official technical standards regarding:
- Word Choice
- Sentence Structure
I will also copy edit stylistically; basically, I will make sure all parts of your manuscript are consistent to your writing style (rather than imposing my own style onto it).
My copy editing service isn’t just a proofread to catch grammar mistakes. It’s a full-on treatment from a professionally experienced editor to guarantee your manuscript is up to the standards that publishers look for (and readers deserve).
How Does the Process Work?
Please contact me using the form below, and tell me about your book (please include the word count).
I might ask to see the first five pages to get a sense of what level of editing you’ll need.
Additionally, I am happy to edit 2-3 pages of your manuscript for free. This way, you can have a sample of what my work looks like and decide from there whether or not you want to hire my services. It’s important to me that you know what you’ll be getting from this process and that you can see before making your decision how helpful copy editing will be for your book.
After that point, I’ll tell you the price (see Pricing section below) and send you a contract. After you sign the contract, I can send you a Paypal invoice.
For most of my jobs, I require payment up front. This allows me to work faster and to spend my time editing rather than chasing unpaid bills. But if you have a project that is north of $3000 USD, we can talk about splitting that up into two payments.
After that point, I’ll start working and usually get back to you with a clean and professional manuscript in under a month.
Hi, my name is Danielle Dyal, one of the editors here at Bookfox. I help authors by copy editing their manuscripts.
In addition to being a freelance editor, I am a consulting editor at Blair, a publishing press in Durham, North Carolina, where I copyedit and proofread our titles to ensure they are error-free.
Formerly, I worked as an assistant editor for Enitharmon, a publishing press in London.
And along with years of professional editorial experience, I have an MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) in creative writing from American University in Washington, D.C.
My goal is to edit your manuscript until it is ready to be sent to a literary agent, self-published, or submitted to a writing contest. In other words, I’m here to be a stepping stone for your manuscript’s path to publication.
1. How many changes will you make to my manuscript?
One of the biggest misconceptions with authors is that their manuscript is “pretty clean.” When authors tell me their manuscript won’t need that much work, I know it’s going to require a lot.
Most writers don’t know how many secret rules there are for style and consistency (for instance, did you know you spell out most numbers under 100?). And I guarantee you will be surprised at the amount of punctuation errors you are committing.
2. How long does it take you to edit a 70,000 – 10,000 word manuscript?
It depends on my schedule. I always have 2 – 3 books on my plate, but I almost always get to your manuscript within a month. I’ll tell you up front how long it will take, and I always meet my deadlines. Some editors out there will try to make you wait 6 months, but as someone who has worked in the publishing industry with tight deadlines, I believe a long time frame of several months is not only unnecessary, but unprofessional.
Also, if you have a tight time frame, for an additional fee I can do a rush edit. Let me know if you need a book edited quicker than my normal time.
3. Will you share my book with others?
No, I won’t. Your manuscript’s security is very important to me.
I offer an NDA clause in every contract with a client to let you know I won’t be sharing your manuscript with anyone else. Your file is safe and secure.
4. Can I see an example of your work?
As mentioned in the “How Does the Process Work” section above, I am happy to give you a free sample of copy editing on 2-3 pages of your book so you can see firsthand how your manuscript can be improved by copy editing before you make your decision.
In addition, I can show you a sample of work I’ve done previously. I don’t like violating the privacy of other authors, so I don’t pass around examples of work I’ve edited. But I’ll show you an image that is representative of the corrections I’m making on a typical manuscript. I’m not changing anything about the story or words themselves, only making sure that everything is correct according to the Chicago Manual of Style.
Now just to be clear, I’m not deleting any of your work (that’s not what those words in the right-hand margin mean). It means the author has messed up in terms of punctuation, spelling, style, formatting, consistency, or something else, and I’ve had to replace that error with the right version.
I’m not interested in changing your work — I’m only interested in making your work be the best it can be.
5. What file formats do you accept?
I prefer Word documents, although I’ve accepted Pages before. The only file I can’t take is PDFs, because then I can’t change or edit anything.
6. Do you copy edit non-fiction and fiction?
Yes, I edit both. I do not copy edit plays, screenplays, or poetry.
But if you have any type of nonfiction including memoir, or any genre of fiction, I have likely edited that type before and I would be happy to help you.
7. What happens after you edit my manuscript?
Please look over it all carefully and then ask me any questions you have. I’d be happy to help clarify anything and explain any rules that seem to be counterintuitive.
|“Danielle is a perceptive, conscientious editor who is equally good at details and overall concept. Based on her comments, I made important improvements to my novel, Mount St. Helens, including the addition of more interiority, better transitions, stronger scene and chapter endings, and more sustained tension. These revisions, in Danielle’s own encouraging words, are meant to ‘bring what is less potent to the next level and to polish what is already strong.’”
– Susan Bogue, author of “Mount St. Helens”
“I’ve worked with Danielle on a number of fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, and she’s always been punctual and excellent at improving and correcting the small tiny details of a manuscript. I would recommend you hire her this instant.”
– John Matthew Fox, author of “I Will Shout Your Name”
I charge 2 cents a word for most copy editing projects over 70,000 words, and higher (3 or 4 cents a word) for projects that require a little more love and care or projects that are shorter.
The prices are in USD. I edit for clients all over the world, and so I will send you a Paypal invoice, which does exchange rates automatically.
If you are interested in having your manuscript copy edited, or if you have any further questions about my editing services, please contact me.
Please include the word count so I can quote you a price.
If you prefer, you can email me directly instead of using the form below.
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