Copy Editing

There are different types of editorial services, of course, and many of the best editors are specialists — line editors, copy editors, developmental editors, proofreaders, and more. I specialize in professional-level copy and line editing.

When you’re ready to take your content to its maximum potential, you’ll need an experienced line editor to help pull the most value from the time you’ve already invested in content creation. Here’s how one professional society describes the copy editing task —

“The aim of copy-editing is to ensure that whatever appears in public is accurate, easy to follow, fit for purpose and free of error, omission, inconsistency and repetition. This process picks up embarrassing mistakes, ambiguities, and anomalies, alerts the client to possible legal problems; and analyses the document structure for the typesetter/designer.”

Society for Editors & Proofreaders

This is far more than basic proofreading. It takes judgment and editorial experience. When you entrust your hard work to me for editing, I do make sure your punctuation is correct, but I also go through your material in detail to search for awkward sentences, repetitive content, ambiguous meanings, and of course grammatical and usage errors. I then properly format it for submission (using Chicago, AP, or whatever style guide you require).

Moreover, I offer comments and suggestions on ways to further improve your project. I’ll point out things that need more (or less) detail, which parts are brilliant and which need work, words that might be overused or misused, and other “writing tics” (all writers have ‘em, and they’re devilishly hard to spot in your own work).

As a professional copy/line editor and writer, I know what works and what doesn’t and I share that knowledge with you – at no additional cost to you. It’s part of my service. It’s one reason why I have a reputation for being fasteasy to work with, and effective at delivering the things you need in your finished writing.

When you need editing services, contact me and we’ll discuss your project as well as your timeline and budget — and we’ll work out the best way we can work together to meet those needs.

-Jeremy Menefee

Experienced with:

  • Fiction shorts, novellas, novels
  • Nonfiction books and articles
  • Fictionalized fact-based “nonfiction novels” (creative nonfiction)
  • Writing and editing to length, including reducing length
  • Press releases
  • White papers
  • Case studies
  • Marketing materials
  • Site content
  • Direct sales collateral