Copy-editing the old-fashioned way -- many now choose to use Microsoft Word's "track changes" feature instead.

Copy-editing the old-fashioned way -- many now choose to use Microsoft Word's "track changes" feature instead.

copy editing and proofreading

Nothing hurts the credibility of a book or manuscript more than errors of spelling, grammar, syntax, or fact. Authors closely involved in the creative process of writing a book often are too closely invested in what they’ve written to see mistakes that an outside reader might catch.

Copy-editing is the final step before your manuscript goes to a publisher or printer. A copy editor looks at your writing with fresh (and unforgiving) eyes, and asks you to correct or justify deviations from standard usage, punctuation, and style. It’s concerned with catching errors.

Proofreading is typically done once the book is “in proof”—after it has been laid out on a page—to look for errors that might have been missed, or that have been introduced by the typesetting and layout process.

The Book Doc can give your work the careful look that will fix your typos, grammatical problems, and infelicitous word choices.