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.
- 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.”
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 $1,500 (for general fiction) to $2,500 (for a highly technical work), with a 1- to 2-month 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me make your work the best it can be!
What if I have more questions?
Check out the Q&A section.