I'm a copy editor, which means I'm the spelling and grammar police, using Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (Web11) and The Chicago Manual of Style, Seventeenth Edition (17CMS) as my guidelines for US publications for fiction and nonfiction.
But I am so much more. I've expanded my list of writing criteria to become the Nine Cs of Effective Writing, listed below:
My new, improved June 2018 copyediting rate is $0.012/word. So a 50K WC manuscript (MS) would run $600, prepaid via PayPal before any work commences on my part. I work within Microsoft Word, using Track Changes. I'm not able to work on Mac docs. I'll share my special business PayPal address once we agree upon terms and your project is accepted. I can do a free 250 WC sample edit for you, if you like, as my schedule allows.
At that time I can give you my estimated deadline for the return of my Track Changes document. I build in a few days' leeway for unexpected interruptions (like the Internet being out, getting sick, etc.). But I always prefer to turn in my work early, with only about four documents in the last eight years being turned in on the actual due date. And I do two complete read-throughs. That's just how I roll.
Also, if you wish for me to work on one book from an already on-going series (where I did not work on all previous books published in said series), please provide me with a series bible for same.
NOTE: I also reserve the right to charge more (yes, more than $0.012/word) for a particular project where I'd be wearing at least three hats to work that document, where I'd serve as the developmental editor, a copy editor, and as an English schoolteacher, implementing basic writing rules. Or I may not accept such MS at all.
Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
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