Copy Editing

I carefully read your paper, twice through, for grammar and meaning and I:

  • Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, & word use
  • Polish & streamline (shorten) sentences
  • Insert more precise, colorful vocabulary
  • Turn passive verbs into “actives”
  • Align subject-verb-object phrases
  • Untangle confusing sentences and paragraphs
  • Insert questions & suggestions to help you clarify concepts
  • Correct in-text citations using style guides (APA, MLA, Turabian/Chicago, CSE)
  • Check quotes, name spelling or facts that seem incorrect
  • Check for consistencies in spellings and style throughout a paper

I also point out:

  • Redundancies
  • Where to add transitions
  • When to paraphrase rather than quote
  • Language bias (age, cultural, gender, racial, religious, etc.)

Note: I edit all papers in Track Changes so you can see every change I make, and accept, reject, or tweak them.   For more on Track Changes (under the Review menu) see Track Changes instructions. 

Copy Editing Fee:  $50 to $65 for 1,000 words, depending on writing quality, editing needs.

I will edit a 1-page (12 pt.,  double-spaced) sample edit for free: email sample to