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A Copyediting Checklist for Novelists


Here's help for those Indie authors who cannot yet afford a professional copy edit.


There is only One Rule to copyediting. However, there are more than two dozen tasks set forth on the Checklist herein to implement the One Rule.

This book was written for the hands-on author who either does it all or knows how to do it all--the research, the typing, finding or creating the cover, preparing front and back matter, jacket blurbs, etc.

I began my copyediting career in 2008 freelancing for one of the well-known traditional publishing houses in New York City and have loved copyediting the eighty-six manuscripts to date.

My tools of the trade are Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Eleventh Edition (Web11), The Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition (CMS16), plus the in-house rules for that particular house which overrule both.

Although CMS16 contains 890 pages of actual rules, the first 485 pages deal with novelists. Read them along with A Copyediting Checklist for Novelists.


You may find this e-book at Amazon, B&N, Kobo and Smashwords outlets. See links below.

Denise Barker, author + blogger + copy editor

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