This service includes checking: Ensuring citations, page numbers, table of contents, headers and overall spacing are consistent with the style guide employed, including APA style guide, MLA style guide, or Chicago manual of style.
Proofreading ($40/hour) This service includes checking:
Typographical errors (including direction of curly quotation marks and apostrophes)
Misspelled words (including incorrect word usage)
Grammatical problems (including verb tenses and syntax)
Punctuation mistakes (including proper abbreviations and capitalization)
Inconsistent format (in font size/style for text/chapter headings/subheadings, lists, tables, page numbers, margins, spacing, indentations/paragraphs, quotes, references, citations, footnotes/ endnotes etc.)
Letter or sentence spacing errors
Inappropriate end-of-line word breaks
Specialized terms, character names, location references, etc.
Numerical and alphabetical sequence
Vertical and horizontal alignment of set-off text (including paragraph indents)
References to illustrations, tables, and figures within the text
Making sure material is logical and understandable
Correcting continuity problems
Making sure sources are cited for all statistics and quotations
Flagging inaccuracies (including incorrect spelling of song or book titles, proper names, dates, or well-known facts—extensive fact-checking not supplied)
Level 2.Moderate Copyedit ($55/hour)
In addition to all services listed under the Basic Edit, these areas are also checked:
Maintenance of tone/voice
With the Level 2 copyedit, the editor may make minor changes and suggestions for rewriting, but extensive corrections are done by author.
Level 3. In-depth Copyedit ($60/hour)
In addition to everything in the above levels, an in-depth copyedit also includes:
a review for consistency of style and mood or presentation of content
analysis of the point of view chosen for each scene (fiction)
cross-checking references, figures, tables, equations, etc. (nonfiction)
pointing out items that may require permission from the copyright holder
An in-depth copyedit may involve preparing a style sheet. For nonfiction, this would include the format for chapter titles, headings, subheadings, text, footnotes, etc. For fiction, a timeline and list of characters (with details such as hair and eye color, birthday, height/build, and any other details mentioned in the text). The editor makes corrections and detailed recommendations to the author, occasionally reworking awkward or unclear sentences/paragraphs without altering the author’s intended meaning or style.