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Beyond Paper Editing, May 2014
Copyediting Services and Prices
Note: A page is 250 words. What would you like us to addres...
Beyond Paper Editing, May 2014
consistency is on p. 60 is on p. 60
Date formats and date ranges applied
consistently
Numbe...
Beyond Paper Editing, May 2014
Punctuation conforms to preferred style
guide
Chicago style recommends using the serial com...
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What's involved in a copyedit? What will it cost?

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Have you written a book? Are you considering hiring an editor? What exactly does an editor address in a copyedit? How much will it cost? What do you want to pay for, and what do you want to do yourself? This grid lays it all out for you.

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What's involved in a copyedit? What will it cost?

  1. 1. Beyond Paper Editing, May 2014 Copyediting Services and Prices Note: A page is 250 words. What would you like us to address? Please send back this chart with items highlighted. SERVICE EXAMPLE/ EXPLANATION PRICE Clarity Address punctuation errors that prevent clear expression “However the principal players agreed…” becomes “However, the principal players agreed…” (The comma changes the meaning of “however”) $2.00/ page Consistent use and spelling of terms and words Adrenaline, adrenalin or epinephrine? $1.00/ page Continuity and correctness Highlight sections where internal logic needs to be checked, where facts are contradictory, or where timelines don’t work Flag sections that are unclear $1.00/ page Conventional use of italics or boldface Check that book titles are italicized, not underlined, foreign words are italicized, boldface reserved for headings and terms in special instances, etc. $1.00/ page Correct use and placement of book components Does your book have or need a copyright page, table of contents, introduction, prologue or preface, or acknowledgements? Are these components in the right order? $10.00 Correct use of capital letters the city, or the City of Toronto $1.00/ page Correct use of punctuation Check for correct use of commas, hyphens (-), em dashes (—), en dashes (–), ellipses (…), quotation marks, and end punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation point) $1.00/ page Cross-references checked for accuracy and “Go to page 60.” or “Go to p. 60.” —ensure that what you say $2.00/ page
  2. 2. Beyond Paper Editing, May 2014 consistency is on p. 60 is on p. 60 Date formats and date ranges applied consistently Numbers presented consistently 9 January 2014 or January 9, 2014? 1963–68? 1963–1968? Hyphen or en dash? Spell out numbers or use numerals? $1.00/ page Document clean-up Remove extra spaces between words, extra paragraph returns, underlining, and other nonstandard styling $1.50/ page English checked for correct standard usage (recommended if English is not your first language) Correct use of articles, prepositions, singular and plural forms, tenses and other inflectional endings, subject-verb agreement $8.00/ page Fact checking Check and supply correct titles of books, names of people, names of companies, dates $1.00/ page Footnotes or endnotes styled according to preferred style guide APA, Chicago, your journal’s style, etc. $2.00/ footnote Grammar and usage Ensure correct grammar and sentence structure Check for correct usage—confusables (there, they’re, or their; rein or reign) $2.00/ page Hyperlinks checked and shortened Check that links are accurate and lead to an active website; shorten links using a link shortening service to prevent broken links $1.00/ link Image captions applied consistently and according to preferred style guide Sentence case? Title case? $1.00/ caption In-text citations checked against reference list Ensure that all references cited occur in the reference list and vice-versa $2.00/ page In-text citations styled consistently according to preferred style guide (Jones, 1990) or (Jones 1990) $2.00/ page Language Canadianized or Americanized Center or centre? Leveled or levelled? $1.00/ page Potential copyright and fair-use issues flagged Check for fair use of images, content, and song lyrics $2.00/ page
  3. 3. Beyond Paper Editing, May 2014 Punctuation conforms to preferred style guide Chicago style recommends using the serial comma Apply American or European quotation style accordingly — American: “End punctuation goes inside double quotation marks.” European: ‘End punctuation goes outside single quotation marks’.) Consistent use of dashes $1.00/ page Recasting sentences Address wordiness or awkward sentence constructions “Due to the fact that there were unforeseen circumstances...” becomes “Due to unforeseen circumstances...” $5.00/ sentence Reference list styled according to preferred style guide APA, Chicago, your journal’s style, etc. $2.00/ reference Table of contents checked against the text for print books Does Chapter 1 begin on the page indicated by the table of contents? $1.00 per item Table text checked for consistency and according to preferred style guide We can look at the first table and flag inconsistent formatting, punctuation, etc. and you can apply this information to other tables $10.00/ table

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