What is copyediting?

February 24, 2019




Moving forward in my quest to share all the steps taken toward a published book, I come to the copyediting phase. The phase before this one, Developmental Editing completed, now my book has gone to a copyeditor.


in a nutshell, he or she will correct technical, grammar, spelling, and word usage mistakes. Copyeditors also look at consistency of the timeline, point out any contradictions, and with historical fiction, look for anachronisms. In addition, they'll do some fact-checking, ask for references on certain points, and often make suggestions for further clarity. Much more than that, I'm sure, but this is my writer's take on it.


I respect what copyeditors do; in fact, I don't think I could do it. It's very detailed and tedious, in my opinion, and would probably drive me batty. I'm so glad other people want to do this. Copyediting is one of the most important steps toward book publication, and it cannot be skipped.

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