Should I Have a Contract?

Whether you are the copyeditor/proofreader or the author, you should have a contract in place. Contracts sound intimidating, but they’re really just written agreements. They establish expectations and rights for both sides. I do not pretend to be a lawyer, and you should definitely contact one if you have legal

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Risks of Free or Reduced-Rate Editing or Proofreading

A lot of new writers are struggling with income and want to cut corners on editing or proofreading. This blog is to point out some of the risks involved with going that route and, along the way, show why copyeditors and proofreaders are worth the money. Whether my blog convinces

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Preserving Author Voice

I recently received a comment from a client who wrote an epic fantasy novel. She said she appreciated that I preserved her voice during my heavy copyedit of her work and that it showed a lot of respect and craft. She went on to say that she couldn’t imagine trying

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Style Sheets

Copyeditors and proofreaders will create style sheets as they review a writer’s manuscript. It’s also helpful if the writer provides one that he has already created as a starting point. So what goes on a style sheet? I’m glad you asked. Style Decisions Funnily enough, style decisions are the first

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How is it Different to Copyedit or Proofread Fiction?

Copyediting and proofreading are the same no matter the material, right? Wrong. Both fiction and nonfiction can bring their own challenges. Usually I talk about copyediting and proofreading simultaneously, but proofreading really is a different level of work and should be talked about as such for this topic. So let’s

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