Medium Copyediting

About Medium Copyediting

A medium edit is the most common type of copyediting. If you are happy with the structure of your book and satisfied with your text but know it still needs polishing, a medium edit is likely the right fit for your manuscript.

Medium copyediting incorporates everything included in a light copyedit plus correcting disputable grammar issues and the following:

  • Basic fact checking
  • Flow*
  • Glossary (suggested terms compiled on request)
  • Pacing*
  • Passive phrasing
  • POV
  • Structure and organization*
  • Tense
  • Voice
  • Wordiness and repetition

* A medium edit focuses on flow, pacing, and organization of a manuscript on a sentence level. Medium copyedits include querying for larger organization or plot issues that may confuse readers, but if you want to address larger issues in your manuscript, you are looking for a content edit.

Medium Copyedit Rates

Standard Medium Copyedits

A standard medium edit looks at everything mentioned above and includes two readings. During the first reading, I fix major grammatical errors, learn your style, and see where you are taking the book. On the second reading, I double-check and refine earlier edits, look for anything missed in the first round, and focus on more subtle issues like style and word choice.

By two readings, I mean that I read the manuscript twice before returning it to you. 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.

Single Readings

Two readings are needed to do an actual medium copyedit. For medium edits that only include one reading, I do as much as I can in one reading, but how much I’m able to address depends on the state of the manuscript.

If your manuscript is already polished, a single reading may be perfect, but if it has a lot of basic issues, I won’t be able to address more subtle issues. And if there are issues that don’t reveal themselves until part way through the book (such as a shift in style or tense) a single reading won’t allow for going back to suggest specific corrections for the earlier portion of the book.

I offer a single reading option only because I know many indie authors can’t afford a standard medium edit, and a single reading is far better than none.


If you have any questions or would like to schedule a medium copyedit, don’t hesitate to contact me. Free sample edits are available for manuscripts over 20K.