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Line- and copyedit

Sorting out the nuts and bolts of your novel

Why does my novel need a line- and copyedit?

My combined copy- and line-editing service will ensure that the characters, plots and settings you’ve created flow seamlessly from your imagination onto the page – ready to delight and enthral your readers.

Whereas the development edit focussed on the story you wanted to tell, this stage hones in on the way you tell it, removing anything that could be a distraction to the compelling narrative you’ve spent so long crafting.


Working with diligence and great attention to detail I will identify and resolve issues that could pull your readers out of your story and dilute their enjoyment of your novel.

The areas I will address include:

  • Spelling

  • Punctuation

  • Grammar

  • Syntax

  • Semantics

  • Hyphenation

  • Capitalisation

  • Tenses

  • Numbers (spelt out or numerals?)

  • UK or American English

  • Serial (or Oxford) comma

  • Repetition

  • Overwriting and inelegant phraseology

  • Presentation of dialogue (including punctuation, tags and action beats)

  • Cliches and inappropriate metaphors

  • Pace

  • Jeopardy

  • Timeline

  • Inconsistencies with characters (including behaviour and dialogue)

  • Layout (e.g. spacing, chapter headings)

  • Chapter and page numbering

What will I receive?

I will provide you with an edited version of your novel, using Track Changes to show all the amends I have made and comment boxes to raise additional queries.

In addition I will supply you with an editorial report to provide an overview of the work I have done and style sheet to confirm the editorial choices that have been employed.


The manuscript critique will be provided as a Microsoft Word document. Please supply all of your novel in one document.

How much does a copy- and line-edit cost?

All of my prices are based on the rates suggested by the Chartered Institute for Editors and Proofreaders. As the time taken to complete the project will depend on the amount of work involved, please send me 1,000 words from the middle of your novel to enable me to provide a quote.

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