Good copy-editing preserves credibility and makes it easier for your readers to understand what it is you have to say. People often confuse copy-editing and proofreading. Both are necessary but separate stages of the publication process. Copy-editing happens before the text is designed or typeset for printing; proofreading happens just before the designed/typeset text goes to print.

Copy-editing involves more substantive changes. Of course, the basics are covered: errors in punctuation, spelling, and grammatical structure. But beyond this, there are elements of style and consistency. If text has been written by multiple authors and is presented as one body of work, the transition from one author to the next should be seamless. The reader should not be able to spot where the first author stops and the second begins. The style of the piece should be consistent; the audience should be fixed; and the facts and supporting evidence should match.

A good copy editor is your first line of defence; we will check for clarity, consistency, style, voice, and credibility. And then, most importantly, we will take the time to sit with you and discuss proposed changes; explain why some points are unclear; clarify inconsistencies; and discuss your style. This cooperation between author and copy editor results in high-quality text.

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