When I tell people I’m a copy editor most of them don’t know what that means or why it’s necessary. I understand that — especially because it’s so easy to publish, well, anything these days.
In 2010, the Atlantic published an article on why copy editing is necessary. I’m going to add a couple of reasons myself:
- Clarity. Even the best writer can get stuck in their head. A copy editor is necessary to provide clarity for the reader. In fact, the copy editor’s primary responsibility is to the reader, not the writer.
- Professionalism. Proofreading is equated with quality and expertise. Nothing shouts “I wrote this completely by myself” quite like a typo. If you’re interested in looking like a pro, having someone else copy edit your writing is crucial.
I, too, am a writer and I can tell you from my own experience copy editors are invaluable. When I can’t get a sentence quite right they’ll swoop in and fix it making me sound smart and elegant. Really though, they’re extremely helpful because they see things I cannot.
If I’ve convinced you copy editing is worthwhile, now is the time to tell you my rate. I charge $40/hr* and will copy edit anything: resumes, cover letters, manuscripts, research papers, web copy, whatever. I’m familiar with AP style and the Chicago manual of style. Just let me know what you need!
I look forward to hearing from you.
*I’m also open to bartering.