HOLLY CONKLIN Writing and Editing

Copy Editing

What is a copy edit?

Copy editing is one of the last stages in the editing process. Once a text has undergone developmental editing and its structure and content are more or less finalized, it can go through a copy edit. In this stage, the editor will read the text slowly and carefully for clarity, consistency, and correctness. Copy editors work with the text and writer to smooth out tricky phrases, clarify ambiguities, and ensure that readers aren’t distracted by grammar, spelling, or anything else.

On a basic copy edit I will

Scrutinize every word for correct spelling and usage, letting the Canadian Oxford Dictionary and Chicago Manual of Style be my guides (unless another dictionary or style guide is requested). Question every punctuation mark so you don’t have to; if a comma needs to be a period, I’ll make that change for you. Keep a detailed style sheet containing decisions unique to your text, including spellings of proper nouns and invented words. This kind of style sheet can be particularly helpful for science fiction and fantasy writers who build in-depth worlds with a multitude of characters. Smooth out areas that could cause readers to stumble, including places with issues in logic, ambiguous phrasing, and awkward syntax. Create a consistent text so readers aren’t distracted by changes in style, such as changes in how words are hyphenated or how colons are used. Respond to questions or concerns at any point during the editing process, including after I send you the edited work.

If requested, I can also

Adjust the readability of the text by making changes to suit a specific reading level. Watch for bias in language and help create a text that’s accessible to a broad audience without alienating a group of people. Reduce your word count if you need an objective eye to shorten your text.

I will NOT

Take over your piece. I will work with your voice and will help it shine—I have no intention of snuffing it out. Make significant changes without informing you. I will edit with Microsoft Word’s track changes feature so that you can see the edits I make and decide for yourself whether to accept or reject them.  Act as a legal expert. Though I will pay attention to issues that could result in legal conflict, I am an editor, not a lawyer. Destroy your ego. I know what it’s like to have your work critiqued and I aim to offer suggestions in a positive, helpful, non-threatening way.
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Copy Editing

What is a copy edit?

Copy editing is one of the last stages in the editing process. Once a text has undergone developmental editing and its structure and content are more or less finalized, it can go through a copy edit. In this stage, the editor will read the text slowly and carefully for clarity, consistency, and correctness. Copy editors work with the text and writer to smooth out tricky phrases, clarify ambiguities, and ensure that readers aren’t distracted by grammar, spelling, or anything else.

On a basic copy edit I will

Scrutinize every word for correct spelling and usage, letting the Canadian Oxford Dictionary and Chicago Manual of Style be my guides (unless another dictionary or style guide is requested). Question every punctuation mark so you don’t have to; if a comma needs to be a period, I’ll make that change for you. Keep a detailed style sheet containing decisions unique to your text, including spellings of proper nouns and invented words. This kind of style sheet can be particularly helpful for science fiction and fantasy writers who build in-depth worlds with a multitude of characters. Smooth out areas that could cause readers to stumble, including places with issues in logic, ambiguous phrasing, and awkward syntax. Create a consistent text so readers aren’t distracted by changes in style, such as changes in how words are hyphenated or how colons are used. Respond to questions or concerns at any point during the editing process, including after I send you the edited work.

If requested, I can also

Adjust the readability of the text by making changes to suit a specific reading level. Watch for bias in language and help create a text that’s accessible to a broad audience without alienating a group of people. Reduce your word count if you need an objective eye to shorten your text.

I will NOT

Take over your piece. I will work with your voice and will help it shine—I have no intention of snuffing it out. Make significant changes without informing you. I will edit with Microsoft Word’s track changes feature so that you can see the edits I make and decide for yourself whether to accept or reject them.  Act as a legal expert. Though I will pay attention to issues that could result in legal conflict, I am an editor, not a lawyer. Destroy your ego. I know what it’s like to have your work critiqued and I aim to offer suggestions in a positive, helpful, non- threatening way.
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