Mary Rudy, Copyeditor


Even the best writer needs a good editor. Whether you are writing a one-page newsletter or an epic novel, publishing to a website or submitting to an agent, you want your work to be clear, coherent, consistent, and correct. And as you probably already know, it is almost impossible to effectively edit your own work. 

     As a professional copyeditor, I will ensure that your writing is free of errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax. I will check the numbering of pages, chapters, tables, etc., to be sure they are correctly ordered and consistently styled. I will see that all abbreviations, acronyms, initialisms, numbers, and numerals are used consistently throughout. If you wish, I will edit for readability and consistency of tone, all the while maintaining your unique voice. Being a writer myself, I know that it is voice above all else that distinguishes your work from anyone else's. I will not interfere with yours.  

     Call today to discuss your project and learn how I can help you make your book, short story, essay, newsletter, website, or any other written work the best it can be.

1. Light Copyediting
Correct all errors in spelling, grammar, syntax and usage; ensure consistency in all mechanical matters—spelling, capitalization, punctuation, hyphenation, abbreviations; check formatting of lists, titles, etc.; correlate parts; question factual inconsistencies; correct errors in parallelism. 

2. Medium Copyediting
All of the above plus point out and suggest revisions for wordy or convoluted phrasing, verify content, ask for definitions of terms that are likely to be new to readers, change passive voice to active voice when needed, enforce style and tone throughout.

3. Heavy Copyediting
All of the above plus rewrite for you any wordy or convoluted phrasing, ensure smooth and logical transitions, rearrange sentences for readability, suggest additions and deletions.

Each publishing house and organization has its own preferred style guide. I can adapt to whichever guide the client chooses. The most popular published style guides include the following:

Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
The most widely used style guide among U.S. book publishers

Words into Type (WIT)
Covers much the same material as CMOS with helpful sections on grammar, usage, and spelling

Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual (AP Style)
Used by many newspapers and some magazines

Scientific Style and Format: The CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (CBE Style)
Used by writers working in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, mathematics, earth sciences, and the social sciences

     In addition to the above, I am experienced with the AMA Manual of Style, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Pap