- check for correct grammar and word usage
- verify cross-referenced material
- check for any inconsistencies in your work
- check for correct spelling and punctuation
- check for balance in verb tenses
- make recommendations for alternate wording to remedy awkward phrasing
- make you aware of repeated words
Preferably, your work should be in a Word file, double-spaced and in 12-point font with 1-inch margins. I will make suggested additions, deletions, and changes using the Track Changes feature in Word. Often I will explain suggestions using Comment bubbles. I use the Chicago Manual of Style as a guide, but if you have other preferences, I can work with those. You are in control of your work at all times, as you have the final say on whether you accept or reject my suggested changes.
If you would like to send me a few pages of your work for a sample of editing, please contact me at the email given here:
From Pam Wight, author of The Right Wrong Man and Twin Desires
I’m an editor and a writer. Before I published my two books, I had them copy-edited by a professional, read by a dozen readers, and vetted through a critique group. And yet – until Anneli Purchase scoured through my books, mistakes (grammatical, spelling, and more) were not discovered.
Anneli will be my copy editor from now on. After she combed through both of my books, I felt much more comfortable re-publishing the corrected versions. I highly recommend Anneli Purchase!
From Michel Gauthier, author of The Nation Lakes Canoe Route and A Guide to the Sayward Forest Canoe Circuit
I cannot thank you enough for the copyediting job you have done on my novel. The work was professional, clear, and concise.
You have a great eye for catching typos, spelling errors, missing words, and grammar problems. You also make suggestions regarding word choices that have the potential to improve the clarity of the work, and those suggestions do not, in any way, interfere with the intent or creative impulse of the piece.
I was surprised at the speed at which you can copyedit text without missing anything. Working with you was a pleasure. You more than deserve your fee.
I recommend your services to any potential customers.
From Victor Tribunsky on my birthday. Victor has a wonderful travel blog at https://victortravelblog.com/
Happy birthday, Mrs. Editor. You don’t even know how much you mean to me. I can’t imagine where I would be without you. You have changed my life for the better. Thank you.