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What is a Copy Editor or Line Editor?
They are usually considered one in the same and I agree.
A Copy Editor or Line Editor
might help with critiquing or
content editing, but their main
focus should be on things such
as grammar, punctuation,
typographical errors, and the
clarity of your sentences.
A Copy Editor should...
Every Single Word... of your manuscript.
(This doesn't mean they will catch every
single error, but if they read every word,
they should come close.)
They should be looking for
grammar issues, punctuation
errors, inconsistencies in
the story, spelling, proofreading,
and minor content editing.
They will also look for
tense issues, proper dialogue
punctuation, point of view issues,
contextual spelling, and much more.
A Professional Copy / Line Editor will usually go through your entire manuscript a minimum of twice, and then will go through any additional changes and rewrites prior to publication.
A Copy Editor will be proofing your manuscript as they edit, but it isn't a bad idea to also have one last look at your manuscript before publishing by a proofreader. This proofreader should not, however, make editing changes without checking with your editor. A proofreader should look for things like your/you're, there/their/they're, who/that, to/too/two, and other typographical errors. Proofreaders are a good thing! They are another set of eyes to make sure your book is polished and as close to perfect as possible.
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