Why You Need a Copy Editor

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You start reading a book and are just getting into it when you notice a repeated word. Oh well, you shake your head and continue. On the next page you find the verb “to lie” misused, and you feel irritated. Still, it’s a good story and you want to find out what happens, so you continue. Then you see glaring punctuation mistakes in the dialogue. At this point you begin to wonder if the author knows anything about writing. You had hoped at first that they were just typos,  but repeated errors and misused words (such as “peek” instead of “peak”) now have you wondering if you can stand to read a whole book of this quality no matter how enthralling the plot is.

As an author, I would be embarrassed to publish something like this, but often we can’t see our own mistakes. On re-reading our work, our brain tells us that the words say what we intended. Our eyes gloss over the  errors because, we already know what it says–we think! This is why all authors need a good copy-editor. Our  reputation hinges on publishing good, clean writing.

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Most writers like to feel confident that their written work is free of errors. The truth is that often they are too close to their work to notice the errors that may be there.

Would you submit your work for approval if you knew that rejection was imminent? You can avoid that rejection by hiring me to proofread and edit your work.

What I Can Do for You   

Whether you have written a newspaper or magazine article, children’s book, short story, novel, or a university textbook, I can help you to make that work perfect.

I will read your work, checking for correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, balance in verb tenses, and word usage.  I will verify cross-referenced material and look for any inconsistencies in your work.

I use the Track Changes feature in Word to point out errors. This gives you the option of accepting or rejecting my suggestions without jeopardizing your original work.

If you wish, I can make recommendations for alternate wording to remedy awkward phrasing. If you need help in writing down your ideas, I can do that. I will edit your work unobtrusively.

I am comfortable and competent in editing work that is interspersed with German, French, and Spanish, including bibliographies that may contain foreign titles.

How to Send Me Your Work

You can send me your work as an email attachment, preferably as a Word file.

My Rates 

(US) $.01 per word for complete proofreading and copy-editing, checking for grammar, punctuation, word usage, and inconsistencies. I will do three pages for free so you can see the quality of my work before you decide if you’d like to hire me.

Rates are negotiable depending on the job. Discounts available for greater word counts.

Contact Information 

Anneli Purchase

Email: anneli.purchase33@gmail.com

Qualifications

  • 25 years of teaching
  • 19 years experience with copy-editing, as well as writing and editing novels and articles
  • Have attended creative writing workshops and conferences
  • Have edited university-level books and articles in Ancient History as well as in the Sciences
  • Can translate from German to English and have a good basic knowledge of French and Spanish
  • Will re-write work for you if desired
  • Can suggest changes to improve your writing if that is what you would like
  • Have a keen eye for grammar, word usage, spelling, punctuation and balance in verb tenses
  • References available

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10 thoughts on “Why You Need a Copy Editor

    • Ha ha! Yes, that’s what I meant to say. Of course I fixed it right away, but you see? This proves my point exactly. I read this post over several times and because it’s my own work, I didn’t notice that mistake. I KNEW what it was supposed to say so my eyes glossed over it. Thank you for catching that.

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  1. Don’t worry about that. I really appreciate it when people point out a mistake. I’d rather know about it than not. We’re all human, and I hate to think I’ve published something with mistakes (especially when I’m talking about copy-editing). Probably if someone else had written it, I would have noticed it, but with my own work….

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  2. While I am far from a grammar nazi and in fact don’t like it when people get on their high horse about it on Facebook ;), it does bug me to read books with errors in them. You reminded me of one that particularly annoys me: peek or peak instead of pique. Those are also the errors that can be because the writer is not a big reader.

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    • When I published my novels I had two other people with great editing skills proofread and copy-edit them. I was pretty sure they wouldn’t find anything because I had read the work many, many times. What a surprise I got. When it’s your own work, you just don’t see it the way you would someone else’s. I know it costs because you’re paying for someone’s time and expertise, but it’s really worth it. I’m so glad I had someone else look at my work.

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