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Copy Editing Services

What is the difference between an editor and a copy editor? An editor checks the manuscript for plot cohesiveness, character development, facts, poor grammar and spelling, and typos. A copy editor works on the detail of a book, ensuring accuracy of facts and figures, spelling errors (including correct name spelling of people, places, and things), formatting errors, content errors, grammar irregularities and inconsistencies of punctuation, usage and style, font and design consistencies, and more. The copy editor’s job is to ensure that every detail is correct before the manuscript goes to the printer or the web.

If you need someone who is a stickler for details and accuracy, you’ve come to the right place. I have over 22 years of experience proofreading and editing a variety of materials, which include:

  • Job Proposals
  • Resumes
  • Brochures
  • Sales Forecasts
  • eBooks

My copy editing credits include two novels and two anthologies: Chris Howard’s Nanowhere, 2006 Writer’s Blog Anthology, Marti Lawrence’s River of Possibilities and John Evans’ Naked Tales anthology. Here is what two of my clients had to say.

Chris Howard, author of Nanowhere

Thanks, Deborah. I really like your highlighting/annotation technique. I didn’t know in what form I’d be getting corrections and advice, but this is perfect. You’re the first to get back to me on this, and with some great stuff.

Marti Lawrence, author of River of Possibilities

Deborah is a meticulous copyeditor. She went through my manuscript with a trained eye for detail. When she discovered errors, she promptly sent me copies with her suggested corrections clearly marked. She was precise and thorough, yet always supportive. Her revisions improved the flow and readability of my novel. I am so grateful for her proficiency. She did a terrific job!

As the author, when I read my manuscript, I am mentally inserting pauses and understanding the meaning. However, Deborah, as an expert proofreading and copyediting professional, can spot inaccuracies or mistakes. By rectifying incorrect tense, punctuation and grammar, I believe her assistance will help my novel have a much better chance for success.

I would recommend her services to anyone who wants assurance that their written work to be as good as it can be!

My Copy Editing Process

First, I must state that my objective is not to rewrite your story. I have heard some horror stories from other writers about how editors hacked up their stories until they were unrecognizable. As a writer, I believe that an author’s original voice is just as important as the mechanics and the overall flow. Unless something is wildly out of place, I will concentrate on the flow of the words and check for the following:

Mechanical Errors

  • Typos
  • Tense agreement
  • Cliches
  • Spelling errors
  • Awkward sentences
  • Incorrect punctuation
  • Fact accuracy, upon request

Design Errors

  • Mismatched or unreadable fonts
  • Page number consistency
  • Header and footer consistency
  • Color consistency
  • Layout consistency

Depending upon what you want, I’ll submit my corrections either by chapter so you may correct as the changes come. Or, I’ll wait until I finish the entire piece before I send you my corrections. You may submit your manuscript either electronically in Word or PDF format, or you may mail your manuscript to me. If you choose the snail mail option, please use the standard double-spaced format for your manuscript so I may enter my changes easier.

My rate is $1 per page, up to 320 full-bodied manuscript pages. For each page after that, I charge 50¢. For the title and section pages, I charge 25¢ each. I also require a 50% retainer before I start the project.

For more information or to order my services, please use the Contact form at the bottom of this page.


Design Services

Do you need a simple website without paying designer prices? I can build you such a website, using the WordPress platform. Check out the website that I made for my husband in my Design Portfolio. He uses the header as a logo for his letterhead and plans on using it for T-shirts.

I also design books and ebooks. Using InDesign and Photoshop, I have designed POD books that I was able to upload and publish through Lulu.com with no type or design glitches. Please check my portfolio often, as I plan to update it frequently this year.


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