FAQ

What is copyediting?

As the fine-toothed comb in the editorial process, copyediting takes a hard look at the “little picture” of your work. It includes:

  • Editing for clarity
  • Removing typographical errors
  • Correcting mistakes in grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Fact-checking (dates, names, factual claims, etc.)
  • Formatting, when applicable
  • Editing to comply with appropriate writing manual, when applicable (MLA, CMS, AP, APA, etc.)

Do I need copyediting or proofreading?

This one’s easy. If your document is typeset (usually PDF format) and has been through a few rounds of edits already, you need proofreading. If your document is still in Microsoft Word format (i.e., not typeset), it most likely needs copyediting.

Typeset vs Not Typeset

Why should I get my document copyedited?

Clean, concise writing gets you noticed. It helps you gain trust with your audience, present your ideas eloquently, and make more money. And all writing is going to have errors, whether it’s consistency problems, factual mistakes, grammar issues, or typos.

Having your document professionally copyedited will give you peace of mind that your work is going out into the world looking its absolute best. I always strive to maintain your own unique voice and style in the writing, and I never make an edit that doesn’t have a reason.

How long does copyediting take?

This depends on the length of the text and what level of copyediting it needs. A 100-page scientific document requiring a heavy copyedit will take much longer than an 11-page manual that needs a light copyedit. This being said, most projects have a turnaround time of 5 to 10 days.

What does Inkbot Editing copyedit?

Inkbot Editing provides copyediting for:

  • fiction books, short stories, and other works
  • nonfiction books, especially in the social sciences, music, and art
  • academic books, papers, theses, and dissertations
  • eBooks
  • manuals
  • business reports
  • legal documents
  • websites
  • brochures
  • advertisements
  • and more!

What is a custom style guide, and why did I get one back with my copyedited document?

A custom style guide is a document that helps me keep track of various items in your document, including word choice (whether you prefer “color” or “colour,” for instance), punctuation, capitalization, numbering styles, and more. Some projects require me to create a custom style guide in order to keep everything consistent.

If I make a custom style guide for your project, I’ll include it along with the final copy for your future use.

How is pricing decided for copyediting?

Pricing is based on my standard hourly rate. I estimate how long it will take me to edit the document, and then divide that into a page rate for longer projects, like books. Shorter projects or projects that are difficult to estimate accurately (due to constantly changing text, layout, etc.) are billed hourly. All payment details will be discussed via email and/or your contract before work begins.

What is developmental editing, and how does it differ from copyediting?

Developmental editing looks at the “big picture” of a work, and is usually reserved for books or longer texts. Developmental editing can help you draft up your plan for a book, getting your topics, ideas, themes, etc. in order and presenting you with a developmental plan that you can jump into immediately.

If you’ve already written a book manuscript, developmental editing usually involves a detailed run-through of every aspect of the book, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction. This can include character and plot development for fiction, and topics and chapter ordering for nonfiction. Developmental editing often includes a lot of research into markets and target audiences as well, to make sure that your book hits the mark.

Think of me as your book coach: I cheer you on, give you homework, push you harder, and help you craft your very best work of art.

What is copywriting?

The next time you see a billboard, business website, or brochure, think of a word nerd huddled in front of their computer, deciding whether to use “amazing,” “revolutionary,” or “eye-catching” to describe a client’s product.

Copywriting is everywhere. From the garment descriptions on ModCloth to the writing on food packaging, you can bet that a copywriter thought long and hard about it somewhere along the road.

I write copy that’s designed to cut through the noise and put your brand out there. I research your target market, then craft the words that will directly appeal to them. I specialize in custom copy for websites, but I also write brochures, advertising campaigns, press releases, and more.