Line and copy-editing take place when you’ve crafted and re-crafted your novel or story and are satisfied there are no further major changes to be made. This is the stage where we look at the nuts and bolts of the prose, such as grammar, word choice and punctuation, and much more.
We suggest where different words can be used to better effect, where a phrase, sentence, or paragraph is clumsy, out of place, ambiguous, anachronistic or repetitive, and where smaller questions of plot, fact, sequence, timeline or logic need to be addressed. It ensures consistency in how elements such as times, numbers and dates are formatted or styled, and in spelling, punctuation and grammar choices, such as whilst v while; the use of the Oxford comma and the use of the subjunctive. A copy-edit flags up and suggests changes where tense or viewpoint is used inconsistently.