Copyediting services include the following tasks:
- Correcting punctuation, spelling, grammar, syntax, capitalization, and word usage while preserving the meaning and voice of the original text
- Eliminating repetition, wordiness, and incompleteness
- Fixing or indicating any flawed logic
- Reading for overall clarity and sense with regard to the prospective audience
- Adhering to or imposing a consistent style (Chicago, AP, or customized), as well as creating a style sheet to maintain client preferences
- Cross-checking references, art, figures, tables, and other features for consistency with their mentions in the text
- Performing light fact-checking to verify content as needed
- Flagging for possible biased or outdated language, libel, and plagiarism (the author is ultimately responsible)
Services do not include substantive/developmental editing (unless agreed upon), meaning "big picture" stuff: identifying and solving problems in the text; analysis; extensive rewriting; reorganizing paragraphs, sections, or chapters; revising aspects of the text to improve presentation; suggesting further topics…yada-yada-yada.
My name is Lisa Kaitz, and my passion for language inspires me to think big thoughts, such as why certain foods are synonymous with insanity: bananas, nuts, crackers. After spending 21 years in New York City, I moved with my husband and young son to Portland, Oregon, where it rains only half as much as I thought it would. Go figure.
After earning my Certificate in Copy Editing through Media Bistro's program and attending NYU, I've been working steadily in publishing for the past eight years. I currently copyedit books for a few independent publishers and news for The Hollywood Reporter on topics that include media, fashion, tech, politics, and business. Feel free to read all about me on my LinkedIn profile.
I'm also an active member of three professional organizations: ACES (American Copy Editors Society), NWIEG (Northwest Independent Editors Guild), and EFA (Editorial Freelancers Association).
Please contact me for a rate. I accept payment through PayPal.
In most cases, I can estimate a project's fee and schedule after receiving a description of your expectations and reviewing a portion of the manuscript. Please visit my Contact page to send me an email.
Rest assured, all work is strictly confidential and respected. I mean it.
Lisa Kaitz is a first-rate copyeditor and a total pro. She understands how to enhance an author’s work rather than impose her authorship upon it — an all too rare skill. Working with Lisa is an absolute pleasure.
—Lou Aronica, publisher of The Story Plant
Combined in Lisa are all the elements of the top-notch copy editor: a precise hand, a sensitive ear, an eye for the errant mark. She can field a range of content — from news briefs to photo galleries to features — with equal aplomb. Seek out Lisa when you want impeccable work delivered with vim, vigor, and a dash of wit.
—Sylvia Tam, copyeditor at Variety
Errors in grammar or punctuation are a menace to any writer. Since we’re often powerless to detect them in our own work, we need the help of a qualified and reliable copy editor. Lisa has saved my face by meticulously vetting through my three novels. She has caught not only typical typos and misspellings, but inconsistent references that would have been embarrassing and instances where I thought I had remembered song lyrics (but had not). How grateful I am that my publisher suggested we take this crucial step! I will add — at the risk of mixing metaphors — that while Lisa goes through copy with a fine-tooth comb, she does not reinvent the wheel. She has never tried to rewrite or “revoice” my novels but only to make them clearer and more resonant. Any writer who wants to publish the best version possible of his/her work will be well served by Lisa.
—Dara Lebrun, author of The Bunny Hop, Sub Rosa, and Half Crazy
Lisa has been enormously helpful to our writers of fiction and nonfiction. She’s patient, thorough, thoughtful, and not afraid to make creative suggestions. Her edits make the writing glow.
—Naomi Rosenblatt, publisher of Heliotrope Books
I've worked with Lisa several times over the years, in particular when I was deputy editor of Archaeology magazine. She helped us out with a number of projects, including as primary copy editor and proofreader on a newsstand-only issue of the magazine. Lisa is attentive, meticulous, thoughtful, and responsive. She was able to proof our copy — with its specialized language and particular style — in a way that not only prevented errors, but actively made our work better. I can't recommend her strongly enough.
—Samir Patel, deputy editor of Atlas Obscura
I'm eager to hear about your project! Please send me an introductory email that includes the following information: a synopsis of your manuscript, the total word count, your deadline (if you have one), and what you're most concerned about with the text. Also, tell me a little bit about you.
Please use the form below. Alternately, you can email me directly at GoodfootEditorial@gmail.com.