Your novel needs copyediting if it has already had a structural or developmental edit, or if you feel strongly that the structure and flow of your manuscript is already in great shape.
A copyedit focuses on the text of your story: the spelling, style, sentence structure and consistency of all elements, line by line. It tidies, tightens and smooths out (it is not a time for major surgery). A copyedit raises any issues or concerns, suggests ways to fine-tune the pace and flow of the novel, and highlights small timeline issues or holes in the story. It ensures your novel is working as best it can, page by page, line by line.
For a copyedit, you’ll receive your manuscript edited with track changes in Microsoft Word, a style sheet and editorial notes. My fees also include consultation after you receive the edit.
Prices for copyediting start at $2500 for a 70,000-word novel.
For more information on hiring me to edit your novel please use my contact form.
Note: I offer a discount to those who hire me to structurally edit and copyedit the same project.
"I learnt so much about writing and the process working with Lauren on A Certain Kind of Power and I am sure that I would never have got to this point without having had that experience."
– Ryan Butta, author
"Thank you Lauren Finger for being such a brilliant proofreader. Not only do you spot the inconsistencies and make suggestions, but I feel like I'm having a conversation with you as I go through it which makes it really enjoyable! And you spotted some real corkers."
– Shalini Boland, USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers
“Lauren’s report was very helpful and I have a clear sense of what to work on from this edit.”
– Lyss Morgan, writer and novelist
"I’m so grateful for both your attention to detail and the creative insight you’ve brought to my writing. Your ability to combine a focus on the micro and clarity to the macro issues is a real gift!"
– AJ Frazer, author
"Lauren has a keen eye for detail and her editing prowess will take your story to the next level. Passionate about good story telling, Lauren’s invaluable skills enable her to make your manuscript the best it can be. Thank you, Lauren, I wouldn’t be able to publish my novel without you."
– Carmel Smythe, author