My approach to line & copy editing

My approach to line & copy editing

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Line and copyediting are where I feel I can be of most use to my clients. Here are what you can expect in working with me and the broad questions you’ll be asked.

First of all, you and your writing will be treated respectfully and gently through the editing stages so that your experience of getting to the final product will hopefully be a satisfying (and not aggravating!) one for you.

Of the text, I ask the broad questions: are the key messages getting across clearly? Is it logical? Is it consistent?

What you will be asked

These are some of the questions you (and your text) will be asked:

What you can expect from me

I need to understand what you have in mind so I can help you get your message across. That means

  • I will check with you for clarification if I’m not sure of anything.
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I will ask you for clarification if I don’t understand.
  • I will make concrete suggestions and offer options if possible. For example, I might say “If you mean xxx, then you might insert a line like ‘xyz is abc’ here for clarity. OR if you meant bbb, you could say ‘aaa’ in the next para.”)
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I will make concrete suggestions, so you can choose. (This one also has a reference check.)
  • Anything I suggest are just proposals. Rest assured the final decision is always yours 🙂

Recent copyediting & proofing work

You can go to my editing page to see what kinds of titles I’ve worked on.

If you would like to get a sample edit, please send me a request via the contact form or email (

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