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Copy/Line Editing

If you have developed and structured your manuscript accordingly and you are satisfied with its shape, it is time to bring in a copy editor. The copy editor goes down to the sentence level of your prose and focuses on grammatical and spelling errors, inconsistencies, and syntactic mishaps that reduce readability. The main concern here is mechanical correctness, consistency and language flow. Some of the things we look at include:

  • Punctuation

  • Hyphenation

  • Capitalization

  • Spelling

  • Grammar

  • Syntax

  • Dialogue tags

  • Word usage and repetition

  • Font and font size consistency

  • Descriptions: consistency and clarity

  • Usage of numbers or numerals

  • Glaring factual inaccuracies

  • Formatting references/citations/indexes

  • Point of view: inconsistencies/unintentional shifts

  • Readability of text on the small and large scale

For an additional fee, we can compile a comprehensive Style Guide if you do not have one as an organisation.

What is the difference between line editing and copy editing?


Line editing and copy editing sound similar but their focus is different: while copy editing focuses on the technical correctness of your writing, line editing aims to make your style smoother and your prose flow with the meaning you want to put behind it. A full copy edit may include line editing, although often they are separate activities. A line editor will look at:

  • Word choice in terms of effect

  • Sentence structure

  • Chosen tenses and point of view

  • Tone of narration

  • How scenes and images are described

  • The sound and flow of your writing


A line editor provides detailed advice on how to ensure your prose has the effect you want it to on your readers. Spelling, grammar, syntax, punctuation will not be addressed as closely, unless they have a direct impact on the content, or they are too glaring to be ignored.

At Roberta's Editing Services, we offer copy and line editing as a package, since we have found that many of our clients prefer to do both together.

Look through the coloured boxes below to check whether we specialise in the genre you are interesting in editing. If you don't see it, click on the button below to contact us.


- High fantasy

- Magical Realism

- Urban Fantasy

- Superhero Fiction

Science Fiction

- Alternate History

- Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic

- Dystopia

- Steampunk


- Action

- Crime

- Spy

- Legal


- Self-help

- Biography

- Travel Guides

- ELT Literature



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