Light Copyediting

A light copyedit is for manuscripts that have been previously edited and are only in need of a final grammar check or for authors on a tight budget. A medium edit is a better fit for most books, but if you can’t afford a medium copyedit, a light edit will at least ensure that your book is free from errors.

Light copyedits focus only on grammar issues and involve checking and correcting indisputable issues with the following:

  • Abbreviations, acronyms, and special characters
  • Capitalization
  • Italics and bold type (appropriateness and consistency)
  • Numbers within the text
  • Numbering and alphabetization of footnotes, table of contents, chapters, etc.
  • Punctuation
  • References, footnotes, and other documentation
  • Spelling and hyphenation
  • Style sheet (provided upon request)
  • Syntax and usage
  • Tables, charts, graphs, illustrations, and associated captions
  • Terms (flag words that may need to be defined for readers)
  • Typecoding (on request)
  • Word usage and syntax

The following issues may be flagged with a comment but not corrected:

  • Factual inconsistencies and continuity errors
  • Permissions (flag potentially copyrighted material)
  • POV
  • Tense
  • Unclear phrasing
  • Voice
  • Wordiness*

*A light copyedit ignores wordiness within individual sentences that is not likely to cause confusion for readers. Larger sections of wordiness or sentences that are unclear will be flagged.

A light copyedit can include one or two editing passes. Two readings are needed to ensure an error-free manuscript, but for those who can only afford a single editing pass, every effort is made to catch as much as possible in one reading.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a light edit, don’t hesitate to contact me. Sample edits are available for manuscripts over 20K.

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