Seven ways to save money on copyediting


Copyediting can be the most expensive part of any writing project, because the editor needs to go through each word, each line and each paragraph checking that the author is making sense.

We’ve come up with the seven most common blunders people make when writing business books, memoirs and other creative non-fiction, short stories and novels, to explain how you might improve your writing thus reducing the price of the copyedit.

Here we go:

1.     Know thine own tics!

We all have them. If in doubt, ask us to read a page or two of your work. We’ll point them out, you incorporate the understanding and are empowered to write more clearly.

2.     Beware of overwriting

We all do it, especially at the start when the ideas are still cogitating. At some point in the drafting process, we need to refine our message and say it succinctly.

3.     Jargon away!

Part of ‘knowing thine own tics’ is understanding your industry’s jargon and knowing when to use it and when not to.

4.     Untangle thyself

There are loads of ways to tangle yourself in words. In this blog we highlight just two of the ways.

5.     Metaphor – know what you’re doing

Just like bread, your writing can be fresh or stale. Metaphors play a role here.

6.     Capital letters – not for Important Words

Knowing what to use when is easier than you think. This knowledge alone will save you valuable dollars on your copy edit.

7.     Know what you’re saying

The more garbled your thoughts, the more garbled the message. If you’re still nutting out your ideas, message, content, it’s not ready for a copy edit.

Read on. Save money. Write better.

May your words pour onto the page,