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Copy edit

Copyediting is done at the sentence level and is mostly concerned with mechanics.

  • Adhere to house style or specified style guide and chosen dictionary

  • Check for clear language

  • Ensure consistency and correct use of spelling, grammar, word choice, capitalization, hyphenation, abbreviation, punctuation, cross-references, italics, lists, tables, footnotes/endnotes, front/back matter 

  • Check for typos, wordiness, confusion, and info-dumping

  • Check that your table of contents matches chapters

  • Create a style sheet (upon request)

  • Flag factual errors, and verify facts (upon request)

  • Flag inconsistencies

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