Resources: Hiring a copyeditor

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If you work with me (or someone else) on a critique or edit, you might decide to continue your publishing journey with another editor. There are several types of professional editing available and they all happen at different stages in the process. You might decide to stop after your manuscript critique or you may choose to take your book through each stage. Your publishing goals and budget will dictate what’s right for you.

Copyediting focuses on sentence level issues like spelling, grammar and consistency and should always come after a developmental edit (if you’re getting one) because it’s likely you’ll be making some big changes to your manuscript in that first stage and it’s a waste to have text edited if it’s not definitely staying! Some UK editors don’t distinguish between copyediting and line editing but in the US there is usually a clear difference: while copyeditors will correct mistakes and inconsistencies, line editors focus on your language. Does it get the right tone across? Is there a better way to phrase something? Could your prose flow better? Check with your copyeditor to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting.

Guides from professional editing bodies

The go-to fiction copyeditors I recommend

There are a few copyeditors I often refer to my clients when they ask for recommendations. Some of them I’ve worked with before, some I know from professional organisations or online editing communities and some I’ve just heard really good things about! These editors are a mixture of UK, US and Canadian but most will be familiar with multiple styles and forms of English so just let them know what you’re after.

What is copyediting?

Do you need to hire a copyeditor?

Where to find copyeditors


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Siobhan O'Brien Holmes

Siobhan O'Brien Holmes is a developmental editor working with middle grade and YA authors. She specialises in speculative and genre fiction, particularly horror, fantasy, mystery, sci-fi and anything with a dash of magic or macabre. She is a member of the SfEP, EFA, ACES, British Fantasy Society, Horror Writers Association and SCBWI. She has an MA in Novel Writing and an MA in Children's Literature.

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