This is the editing step before a proofread. A copy editor will go through your text with a fine-tooth comb and make changes for grammar, spelling, punctuation, consistency, and light fact-checking. Copy editors may offer ways to recast or reword your sentences if they seem unclear or awkward, but it is not a deep-dive. It is expected that your document has already had a developmental or substantive edit, or that the manuscript is considered to be in good form and just needs a cleanup. (It is advised to have a proofread done after a copy edit, as no editor will catch 100 percent of the errors 100 percent of the time.)
I am primarily a fiction and nonfiction copy editor. But I can copy edit most anything including IT technical writing.
Rates are variable depending on required turnaround time and complexity of the manuscript. I use a word count and a review of the document to help determine my rates. The more unfinished it is, the higher the rate. If your text isn't ready for a copy editor, I'll let you know when I review the document.
This service is available using Microsoft Word or Google Docs. If you need other software, (e.g. Mac Pages) please let me know.
Some of the things I look for as I copy edit your document:
Echo words (using the same adjective too frequently)
Sentence structures that need to be rearranged
Vague or unclear pronouns
We can discuss other services. (light formatting, pagination, etc.)
Send me a note and let's start a conversation. I have a feeling we can turn your beauty into a masterpiece.