Services

Light Copy Edit

  • Ensure consistency of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, hyphenation, abbreviations, list formatting, and other mechanics.
  • Check for accuracy all contents pages against chapters; check numbering of footnotes, endnotes, tables, and figures; check alphabetization of bibliography or reference list.
  • Correct all indisputable errors in grammar, syntax, and usage
  • Identify paragraphs which are wordy or confusing for author to revise
    • Minor instances of wordiness, imprecise wording, or jargon will not be noted
  • Identify terms which are likely to be new to readers and ask for clarification from author
  • Query factual inconsistencies and statements that seem incorrect
  • Indicate any text, tables, or illustrations which are likely to require permission to reprint

Medium Copy Edit

Includes all functions of light copy edit, plus:

  • Correct errors in and point out any inappropriate or confusing instances of grammar, syntax, and usage.
  • Supply suggested revisions for wordy or confusing passages.
  • Supply or ask the author for definitions of terms likely to be new to readers.
  • Query facts that seem incorrect; use print or digital references to verify content.
  • Query inconsistent organization and gaps in logic.

Heavy Copy Edit

Includes all functions of light and medium copy edit, plus:

  • Correct all errors in and inconsistent or confusing instances of grammar, syntax, and usage.
  • Revision of wordy or confusing passages.
  • Verify and revise any incorrect facts.
  • Query or fix inconsistent organization and gaps in logic.

Proofreading

  • Check for and correct any spelling, punctuation, and basic grammar errors, usually after the document has been typeset or formatted as a PDF.

Writing

  • Articles and essays (for print and digital publishing)
  • Web site and blog content
  • Newsletters
  • Press releases
  • Ghostwriting
  • Special assignments

If you’re not sure which category your editing needs fall into, I can help! Contact me at kate@kmsediting.com to get started – consultations are always complimentary.