Line Editing & Copyediting

Line-by-Line Editing & Corrections

There are two types of sentence-level editing: line editing and copyediting.

Line Editing

Line editing is a close line-by-line inspection of your manuscript. Also called substantive editing, we will examine your book on the sentence level with the goal of making your writing clear, artful, and professional. We will flag weak writing, the overuse of adverbs and adjectives, clichés, redundancies, and more. This is not a mechanical copyedit, but some errors will be corrected. With a line edit, we aim to elevate your writing to an artful level.

we'll address:

  • awkward or unclear writing
  • sentence length and variety
  • paragraph flow and transitions
  • clichés and weak words
  • wordiness and redundancy
  • telling versus showing
  • dialogue tags
  • verb tense usage
  • changes in point of view
  • remaining big-picture issues
  • most errors in grammar and spelling

turnaround time:

  • 3 - 5 weeks

Click to see sample line edit


Copyediting (light to medium)

In copyediting, we'll correct errors in grammar and spelling, and ensure that your book is consistent throughout. The style guide we use is The Chicago Manual of Style, but if you have a preferred style guide or an in-house style guide, please let us know and we will edit your work in accordance with it. For some books, we'll create a style sheet. Our copyediting service is recommended for every book and is a must before self-publishing.

we'll address:

  • errors in grammar and spelling
  • consistency in style and facts
  • consistency in formatting
  • some redundancy (unnecessary words)
  • word choice
  • basic fact-checking
  • table of contents against chapters
  • numbering of footnotes, end notes, tables, and figures

turnaround time:

  • 2 - 4 weeks

Click to see sample copyedit