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Copyediting & Proofreading | Firebrand Publishing

Copyediting & Proofreading

Rated 4.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)


Readers will not accept a book filled with spelling and grammatical errors.

They have no problems with calling out your book as amateurish or bad, because they found errors. And, there’s always errors, unless you get a professionally trained editor to clean it up. All bestselling authors have and editor editing their work.

Cost is $0.0125 per word

When ordering choose the word count as the quantity.



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Professional Copyediting Service

  • Find and fix spelling and grammatical errors
  • Proofread your book to find and fix errors before other people do
  • Line editing using Microsoft track changes so you stay in control of your work. You approve any and all changes.
  • Fast turnaround.



“Jack and Jill went up the hil to fech a pale of water. Jack felt down and broke his crown, and jill came tumbing after.”

Spelling and grammatical errors pull your reader out of the story and labels the author as unprofessional and amateurish. You can avoid the ridicule and embarrassment that comes from un-edited work with Firebrand’s copyediting service.

Cost is $0.0125 per word

When ordering choose the word count as the quantity.

1 review for Copyediting & Proofreading

  1. Rated 4 out of 5


    I am a professional edtoir (a.k.a. Book Doctor ) and I’d like to echo this: I review “professionally edited” manuscripts all the time, and I see no evidence of professional editing. I, too, get manuscripts from clients all the time who say they’ve had it edited previously, and I can’t tell either. I don’t know what these other so-called edtoirs are doing for these people.My guess: they’re doing a superficial copy edit and calling it a day. That’s no help.I gave a talk last night at the monthy meeting of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA.org a great organization to join if you’re in the Pacific Northwest) all about what book doctors do, which bears exactly on Jane’s point.It’s the difference between developmental editing, and line editing or copy editing.Developmental editing is big-picture stuff, looking at your novel from the perspective of its underlying premise, the construction of the plot, the portrayal and development of the characters, et cetera.Line editing is a much narrower view of a work, focusing on the words on the page, and how to improve it at the sentence-by-sentence level.Copy editing gets you a human spell-check, grammar-check, and fixes your punctuation. Maybe some light fact-checking as well.I spent an enormous amount of time in my talk last night making sure the audience understood the difference between those three things, and when to ask for each.I like to make an analogy to a house. If you’re not an architect or a builder, but you set out to build a house, chances are you’re going to end up with a cracked foundation, walls that aren’t plumb and square, doors that don’t open smoothly, and a floorplan that doesn’t flow well. This is to be expected: you’ve build a house when you’re not an expert in the art of house-craft.Ditto with novels, especially the first few novels you try to write. Chances are, unless you are a particularly gifted writer whose talents will inspire envy in all around them, your first manuscript is going to have serious structural flaws. This is to be expected. You’re not an expert yet.Now when you try to sell that house or query your manuscript what should you expect? Not much. Nobody’s going to buy a deeply flawed house, nor a deeply flawed manuscript.A developmental edit is like hiring a structural engineer to fix the place up right.A line edit is like hiring a painter to put a fresh coat on, inside and out.A copy edit is like hiring a cleaning service to come in and make the place spotless before you start inviting prospective buyers in to see the place.The problem is that most writers, especially those who are just starting out, don’t know about the existence or value of developmental editing. They finish the manuscript, and I get an e-mail in which they excitedly ask for a line edit. That’s most people’s traditional image of editing. They don’t know there are other kinds of editing that might serve them better.They don’t need a line edit, because there is no amount of paint you can slap on a house with a cracked foundation and holes in the wall that’s going to make it sell. There just isn’t. It’s a waste of time and money for all concerned. Before anything else, they need that structural engineer to come in and take a look first.I want to echo this that Jane says as well: Quality edtoirs will not take any job thrown at them. That’s true, too. Personally, I won’t turn any client away, but neither will I do a line edit just because someone asks. Most of the time (in excess of 95% of the time, honestly), that’s not what the client really needs.I love doing line edits because they’re more work, so I can charge more for them, and because I really enjoy working with the words on the page. That’s fun for me.But there is nothing harder in this world for a book doctor to do than to line edit a manuscript that you know will never sell because you can see the structural flaws in it.So what happens is that in most cases, after I explain the difference between line editing and developmental editing, the client ends up opting for the latter. Which is ultimately better for them. Why pay a lot of money slapping paint on a broken house?.-= Jason Black s last blog .. =-.Like? 3

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