5 Things Your Copy Editor Wants You to Know

A great copy editor is worth their rate. The work of copy editing is arduous and often unappreciated. However, they are a necessity.

Before you turn your work over to one, here are five things you should know:

  1. Self-edit your work before turning it over to a copy editor.
  2. Hire a proofreader after the copy editor has returned your edited document.
  3. Communicate with your copy editor. If they’ve returned your document, and you don’t quite understand why they have made a change, ask them.
  4. Copy editing is not a substitute for bad writing. It serves to correct grammar, punctuation, and misused words.
  5. Copy editors will not re-write passages or eliminate entire passages of your work.

Lastly, if you’re using a style guide, then you’ll want to apprise your copy editor in advance. In fact, discuss before procuring a service.

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