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 when we examine your book on the sentence and paragraph level and address awkward or unclear writing, wordiness, redundancies, clichés, weak dialogue, and more. This is not a full copyedit, but most errors in grammar and spelling will be corrected. We’ll also point out any remaining big-picture issues. With a line edit, we aim to elevate your writing to an artful level.

If your book requires a substantial rewrite, we can take care of this for you (what we call ghost editing or book doctoring). Just inquire!

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, punctuation, and spelling

turnaround time:

  • 4 – 6 weeks

See sample line edit

Copyediting (light to medium)

Copyediting is a line-by-line correction of your manuscript, with the goal of making your writing clear and professional. We'll correct errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling and flag any inconsistencies that we find. 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, punctuation, and spelling

  • consistency in style and facts

  • consistency in formatting

  • some redundancy

  • word choice and phrasing

  • basic fact-checking

  • table of contents against chapters

  • numbering of footnotes, end notes, tables, and figures

turnaround time:

  • 3 – 4 weeks

See sample copyedit