Copy Editing

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typical turnaround: two weeks

Adjust awkward or unclear sentences
Complete problematic sentence fragments
—grammatical errors
—typographic errors
—deviations from standard book style
Check nonfiction table of contents for consistency with chapter titles
Adjust manuscript formatting to professional standards
Apply style formats to subheadings
List items that may require permission or credit (quotes, poems, song lyrics)
List queries concerning errors/inconsistencies for author to address
Do minor proofread to check editing

Perform all editing using tracked changes
Provide author with two versions of edited manuscript
—one showing all tracked changes
—one with all changes accepted

Before editing, review the manuscript’s first ten pages to confirm if copy editing is the appropriate level of service. Andy Scheer reserves the right to decline to edit any manuscript.

Payment of one-third of the agreed amount is due on submission of the full manuscript; two-thirds is due on completion of editing.

Page count is calculated on the basis of 250 words per page of the unedited text.

To ask about engaging Andy’s services, email him at

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