Copy Editing

editing-page2Copy editing goes that little bit deeper than proofreading. It catches not only those grammatical, spelling and punctuation mistakes and awkward sentences that can slip into your manuscript while you concentrate on the bigger picture, but also picks up any ambiguous points, repeated text or inconsistencies.

Publishers often complain that they lose precious time and money correcting manuscripts, so we aim to help you present them with the cleanest copy possible.

Let The Oxford Editors be that extra pair of eyes and go through your manuscript line by line to correct grammar, remove repetitions and track down those spelling mistakes and stray commas.

Although we make every effort to catch all mistakes during copy editing, most books will need a final proofread to catch any typos and those little bits that inevitably slip the net.  Most publishers will correct proofs several times, and we would advise that you have the final version of your manuscript proofread before publishing.

Proofreading

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All writers know that feeling when they have crawled over their work so much that all the words appear to merge into one. You have read the same paragraph so many times you can’t make out if you are repeating yourself or just re-reading the same passage. Then someone looks over your shoulder and their eyes go straight to the little mistakes.

Let us be that extra pair of eyes and go through your manuscript line by line to correct those typos and stray commas that have slipped past the copy edit.

Although we make every effort to catch all mistakes during copy editing, most books will need a final proofread to catch any typos and those little bits that inevitably slip the net.  Most publishers will correct proofs several times, and we would advise that you have the final version of your manuscript proofread before publishing.

When you present your work to an agent or publisher it is essential to make the best possible impression and you don’t want them distracted by bad spelling or grammar. They need to know that you are serious and professional if they are going to invest in you.

 

Copy editing Fees:

Every manuscript is different and some need more work than others, so we would need to talk to you or see your work before giving a quote. We are always happy to answer any questions.

For a rough guide of fees for a manuscript that needs very simple copy-editing work please see our fees page.

If you need extensive fact-checking and re-writing please talk to us first.

We are always happy to talk with authors, so please contact us if you are not sure whether your book, article or manuscript needs editing or if you have any questions about the service.

 

Developmental editing

A developmental edit is more detailed than copy editing and provides a comprehensive, in-depth edit of your manuscript. It looks at all the elements of your writing, from single words and phrasing, to overall structure and style. It can address plot holes or gaps, help with characterisation and generally help get your manuscript to where it should be. This may mean that your manuscript changes quite substantially. We will also look at your target audience and will judge your work in relation to professional industry standards. Once your manuscript has been cut, reshaped, revised, and developed will it be ready for to be copy edited and then proofread.

 

Our Fees and How to Submit:

Please click here to go to our fees page.

Please note, we do not accept encrypted manuscripts.

 

Discounts:

We offer discounts when more than one service is taken up and paid for at the same time at the start of the work.

Please see our Terms and Conditions.

 

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.

Stephen King, On Writing

 

 

 

If you are in doubt please contact us through our Contact Us page or telephone us on 01865 238066/01865 358737 for more information

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