Line or Copy Edit

Line OR Copy Edit

Through the use of the Track Changes feature in Word, a Line Edit is a proofreading of the manuscript with corrections only for spelling, grammar and punctuation. A Copy Edit is a line edit that also includes notations made in a separate document regarding errors in the rules of standard written English, including the following:

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Sentence structure—suggestions made on how to improve
  • Shifts in tone, tense, person and number—notation
  • Subject-verb agreement—notation
  • Modifier placement–notation
  • Parallelism-description of what words don’t match in subject or number
  • Mechanics

Typical fee ranges from $1.50/page or .oo6 cents/word for line edit and $2.00 to $2.50/page or .008-.01 cents/word for copy edit (depending on the depth of needed editing)

Typical timeline*:

Up to 100 pages       3-4 days

Up to 200 pages       4-5 days

Up to 300 pages       6-8 days

Up to 400 pages       8-9 days

400 pages        10 days

*actual delivery date based on current workload when your manuscript is received and the depth of edit

Sample of Copy Edit with corrections

Outside the apartment window, it the view of Springdale was dreary. and Rain fell, abruptly changing Kendall Wylie’s plans for a lakeside picnic. She wished the sun had held out for just 3 three more hours. She walked out her front door, and across the hall to her good friend Lisa’s door and knocked. When it opened, she said., “Hey Lisa, have you looked outside.?”

“Bummer, huh?” Lisa flips [verb should be past tense] her blond hair over one shoulder and bleu blew on her painted nails. Waving her hand, the door shut behind Kendall.[this is a dangling modifier—add Lisa or she as subject of phrase after comma]

“Any ideas of where else we can go so that we can salvage some fun out of this crummy day?” Kendall flopped and set down sat on the couch and then tossed her feet onto the coffee table.

As Lisa’s eyes gaze flue flew to the window, she said, “It just figures. She said. “A day off from waiting on customers at the diner and we get this.”