Copyediting is an in-depth review of a manuscript to review for the following:
- spelling and grammar
- readability, flow of language, and sentence structure
- continuity of characters and timelines
- proper punctuation for dialogue tags and beats of action
This level of editing includes the creation of a style sheet for consistency throughout the manuscript, as well as fact checking/cross-referencing your details.
Rates starting at $.02 per word.
Final Proofreading is a thorough review of a manuscript for grammatical errors and layout issues (those final 10-15 typos).
Rates starting at $.007 per word.
Interior Design and Layout includes formatting a book for final publication, in both print and ebook form. This includes all the files you need to upload to KDP, IngramSpark, Draft2Digital, etc.
Rates starting at $400 per book, which includes one revision request.
Praise from Clients
"Jamie reads through manuscripts with a fine-tooth comb. She has an eye for finding errors that would normally slip through the cracks, while also polishing sentence structure and flow. I cannot recommend her enough!"
"I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all you have done for this project. Starting with a huge POV situation, helping with a massive timeline rearrange, creating hooks at the end of chapters, cleaning up issues like outrageous animal behavior, help with Amazon, self-publishing in general, and much, much more, all with good humor, patience, and encouragement. It means so much to me to give the time and effort this thing has taken, and I thought it was almost hopeless at times. You are the very best at what you do."
-Patricia Vander Meer, Author of Artificially Yours: A Tale of Uncanny Animals
"Jamie’s fastidious editing has caught errors for me after multiple other editors have missed them. She is thoughtful, thorough, and so detail-oriented that any errors in a manuscript must be quaking in their little comma-spliced boots when they see her coming. Jamie’s an essential tool in the writer’s arsenal and the investment in her top-tier services will yield rewards in quality, satisfaction, and a pristine end product."
Frequently Asked Questions
When is a manuscript ready for a copyedit?
After a round of developmental editing, a manuscript is ready for the next phase: copyediting.
What are the most common mistakes that are fixed in proofreading?
The most common errors usually found during a final proofread are spelling mistakes, misused homophones, inconsistent punctuation, missing words, missing commas, tense shifts, inconsistent typeface, and awkwardly spaced lines within the text.
What are your qualifications?
Jamie McGillen holds an M.A. in English from Northern Arizona University, and a B.A. in English, from Western Washington University. She has worked as a technical editor for a defense contractor, and then as an English Instructor at Highline College. She is also the author of The Rainier Series, which is historical fiction set in the Pacific Northwest.
Areas of Interest and Experience
- Historical Fiction
- Women’s Fiction
- Young Adult
- Middle Grade
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