What I Do

My name is Brian D. Buckley, and I’m a copyeditor. If you’re a writer, I could be your copyeditor.

What’s a copyeditor? What can you do for me?

I correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, usage, and style. I also do fact-checking, look at internal consistency, and smooth out awkward or unclear sentences. Basically, I take care of all the nitpicky little issues so you don’t have to.

Stuff like:

  • When should you use “blond” vs. “blonde”? Or “discrete” vs. “discreet”? Or “twenty-five” vs. “25”?
  • Should you put spaces around dashes — like this? Or no spaces—like this?
  • Is it really so bad to end sentences with prepositions, or to split infinitives?
  • What are the rules for using “who” vs. “whom,” and when should you break them? What are the exceptions to English rules in general?
  • Did you write “half-hearted” in chapter eight, but “halfhearted” in chapter twelve?
  • Does your character, Emily, have green eyes in chapter five, but blue eyes in chapter seventeen?
  • Do you have characters in the 1920s talking about the planet Pluto (which wasn’t discovered until 1930)?
  • When does a question mark go inside quotation marks, and when does it go outside?
  • Is it ever okay to use the so-called “singular they”? As in: “The new president can appoint anyone they like for that job.”

And more!

How much do you charge? How long does it take?

My usual rate is $30/hour. A book-length manuscript (100,000 words) will probably be in the neighborhood of $2,000, with a 3- to 4-week turnaround. Something shorter, like a 1,000-word essay, would likely be in the $30-60 neighborhood, with a 1- to 2-day turnaround.

However, every project is different, and everything is negotiable. Send me an email and let’s talk.

How do I reach you?

Email me at buckley.d.brian@gmail.com, and let me make your work the best it can be!

What if I have more questions?

Check out the Q&A section.