Heavy Copyediting

About Heavy Copyediting

A heavy edit is the most intensive form of copyediting. Heavy copyedits incorporate everything included in a light copyedit and a medium copyedit but also involve cleaning up and rephrasing existing sentences (not writing additional content).

A medium edit is sufficient for the vast majority of manuscripts. You are most likely to need a heavy edit if you have knowledge to share or a story to tell but do not have previous experience with writing or struggle with grammar and sentence structure, especially if English is not your primary language.

If you also need help with the overall structure of your manuscript, you’re looking for a developmental edit first. But If you are satisfied with the overall structure and what your book says but need help with how it is said, you are looking for a heavy copyedit.


Heavy Copyedit Rates

A heavy edit includes two readings.*


*Two readings means that I will read the manuscript twice before returning it to you. The bulk of the edits will be made during the first round, and the second round will double check those edits and look for anything missed in the first read through.

If you want the manuscript edited, returned to you for revisions, then edited again, that would be done as two separate edits. I do offer a 25 percent discount on additional services for the same book. Spot-checking is not available for heavy edits because the quantity of revisions would usually make it essentially a second edit.


Please see scheduling an edit for more information. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a proofread edit, don’t hesitate to contact me.