Line and copy-editing

You’ve spent a lot of time in the company of your writing and know it inside out. But will your readers understand what you mean, or might they be confused? I’ll highlight plot or narrative inconsistencies and clarify any ambiguous phrasing. I’ll also tighten your prose and improve pace by eliminating redundant language and repetition. And I’ll make sure your readers aren’t distracted by inaccurate facts or awkward syntax.

Put simply, line editing – also known as stylistic editing – focuses on improving your writing by ensuring that your writing is artful in the way that it flows, and correct and consistent in the way that it’s presented. Copy-editing aims to correct the writing by making sentences and paragraphs clear in meaning and consistent in style. 

I offer a combination of line and copy-editing, balanced according to the individual needs of the text. If your budget only allows for one editing process, my advice would be to make it this one. As well as checking for grammar, spelling and punctuation, I’ll be focusing on areas such as:

  • improving style and flow
  • avoiding repetition, ambiguity and awkward syntax
  • character and plot inconsistencies
  • point of view and narrative voice inconsistencies
  • avoiding crutch words and redundant language
  • consistency of tense and detail
  • loose ends and timing issues
  • dialogue, beats and tagging
  • showing and telling
  • appropriate choice of language for your audience
  • avoiding lazy metaphors and clichés
  • checking for accuracy and correcting basic factual errors
  • flagging up potential legal and sensitivity issues
  • adhering to your chosen style guide, e.g. Chicago Manual of Style or New Oxford Style Manual
  • creating a personalized style sheet

Line and copy-editing prices start at 13€ per 1000 words, depending on length, complexity and the level of editing required, and include two passes.

 

‘I couldn’t have been more pleased with Nicky’s editing of A Crazy French Rhythm – my first attempt at a novel. It came in exactly when she said it would, and although I was reasonably pleased with what I had written, Nicky had tightened it up beautifully, allowing the narrative to flow far more easily. Her editorial style sheet was incredibly helpful, and her observations of my writing habits embarrassingly accurate! Including overuse of exclamation marks!’

Carolyn Ross, author Tony Hart, A Portrait of my Dad

 

How it works

For line and copy-editing, I use Word Track Changes. You’ll receive your work clearly marked up with my suggestions, corrections and queries, which you are free to accept or reject – this way, you can see exactly what I’ve done. It can be distracting to read, though, so I’ll also send you a clean copy with all corrections accepted (so no longer visible) but still including my comments.

Where applicable, you’ll also get a personalized editorial style sheet which keeps track of style preferences, characters, timelines and settings.

If you’re not familiar with Track Changes or other useful Word tools such as Styles, just let me know and I’ll provide you with some clear and helpful resources.

 

Free sample edit

To help you decide, I offer a 1,000 word sample for free. That way, you can see how I work and get a feel for whether I’m the right match for you. It’s also a good way to establish the foundations of our working relationship and ensure that your expectations are being met.

 

‘Nicky presented her corrections in a caring and gentle manner. This attribute I found essential as it fostered an excellent relationship between writer and editor.’

William V Kelly, author Until the Fat Man Sings, Place in the Sun

 

Payment

If the total fee is more than 100€, or to reserve a slot in advance, a deposit of 50% is required with the balance due on completion. Otherwise, payment is due in advance unless previously agreed. The minimum charge is 30€.

For other information, including cancellation, please ask for a copy of my terms and conditions. If your work is urgent and requires me to work unsociable hours – early mornings, evenings or weekends – then I can be flexible but my rates will be higher accordingly.

I am registered in Spain as autónomo and, in accordance with Spanish law, my fees are inclusive of IVA (21%). I accept payment by bank transfer to my Spanish bank account.

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