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  • Flagging for possible biased or outdated language, libel, and plagiarism (the author is ultimately responsible)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 fiction for a few independent publishers and news for The Hollywood Reporter on topics such as media, fashion, tech, 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.


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 a description of your goals and what you're most concerned about with the text. Also, tell me a little bit about you.

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