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If you plan to publish a document or manuscript online or in traditional print, you need a copy editor! A copy editor is the most important component of the publishing process and makes all the difference in whether your publication reads well and looks professional or embarrasses you for the rest of your life. Once your manuscript has been copyedited, laid out, and designed, it should then be proofread to ensure that any typographical errors or minor textual and formatting errors have been corrected. Publishing your first book without the benefit of a copy editor’s eagle eye and expertise is like going to a gala ball, naked. Don’t do it!
My love of language has influenced every part of my life. I have been a professional freelance copy editor and proofreader for 12 years and have been the senior editor for Publish and Promote since 2012. I have been told that I am articulate, possess excellent listening skills, and have a keen eye for details. My experience is garnered largely from my former 25-year career as an administrative assistant for lawyers, doctors, architects, and engineers which provided me with extensive knowledge of business, legal and medical terminology. I have taken proofreading and editing courses and am well-versed in both CP Style and AP Style.
I have edited every type of document from legal documents and medical reports to liner notes for CDs; from press releases to websites; and Ph.D. theses to novels. A published author myself, I understand how to create impact through written communication to engage audiences. For several years, I wrote book reviews for Simon & Schuster Canada and HarperCollins Canada among other online magazine publications and continue to write book reviews for my blog when time permits and the spirit moves me.
Bodacious Copy focuses on reviewing and correcting:
- Word choice (diction)
- Sentence structure
My dictionary of choice is Merriam-Webster and I edit documents in Microsoft WORD using track changes.
Latest projects include published non-fiction works entitled Creating a Love That Lasts by Kenneth & Tongela Smith, And Still Champion: The Reality of What 7 Men Endured compiled by Prince Blair, Beyond the Smile, compiled by Chris Scott, 21 Resilient Women: Stories of Courage, Growth and Transformation compiled by Daisy Wright, and Unveiled: Autobiography of an Awakened One by Dawn James.
Proofreading – $3.80 per page – $38/hr – 10 pages per hour
Light Copy Editing – $5 per page – Grammar & spelling – $40/hr – 10 pages per hour
Content Editing – $10 per page – Grammar, spelling, syntax, diction, and flow
Twitter Marketing – Minimum package for 5 hours – $190.00
“To be a really good editor, you have to be a really good listener. I don’t only mean to the author. You have to listen to what you’re reading.”
Ellen Seligman, Publisher, McClelland and Stewart, Vice President, Random House of Canada