Consider this: you’ve finished your book, given the manuscript to a designer, only to discovered spelling and punctuation errors. Or you’re ready to self-publish, got the thumbs up from your writing group when one of them points out several errors in spelling, punctuation, and facts. What now?
That’s where a copy editor comes in. You wouldn’t go to a fancy party with buttons missing, your skirt wrinkled, and loose threads hanging, would you? A good copy editor knows how to “sweat the small stuff” and get your manuscript as near perfect as possible.
They look for what you’d expect – spelling, grammar, and punctuation. But also, there are usage, voice, consistency, accuracy, and more. Some examples are:
- A functional awareness of other languages
- Having a broad frame of reference allows them to spot an error like “free reign” (should be “free rein” – letting a horse run without the rider controlling the reins);
- “Tow the line” (should be “toe the line” – standing behind an imaginary line,or adhering to the rules)
- “Skaparelli” (should be the fashion designer “Schiaparelli”)
- Knowing the difference between “chicken á la King” and “Chicken à la King”
- Knowing which reference sources to rely on.
In this webinar, you’ll learn:
- The different kinds of editing
- The difference between a copy editor and a proofreader
- When you should consider hiring a copy editor
- What you can do to save your copy editor’s time and your money
- How to know they’re doing a good job
- What it will cost
- Why grammar and punctuation matter
- Ten common grammar and punctuation errors