Copyediting/Line Editing 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
- Substituting weak words or phrases with stronger alternatives
- 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
- Performing light fact-checking to verify content as needed
- Rearranging the order of sentences within paragraphs to better convey a point
- Deleting or querying nonessential elements for better flow
- Cross-checking references for consistency with their mentions in the text
- Flagging for possible biased or outdated language
Or if your project requires only proofreading (catching typos, incorrect apostrophies, extra spaces, etc.), I'm happy to perform those duties.
Services do not include content/substantive/developmental editing, meaning "big picture" stuff: identifying and solving problems in the text (plot, story arc, characters, etc.); reorganizing or rewriting whole paragraphs, sections, or chapters; suggesting further topics…yada-yada-yada. This is usually during an early editing stage, before it gets to me. I concentrate on the sentence-level particulars.
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.
I've copyedited over 50 books in almost all genres: romance, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, memoir, mystery, suspense, thriller, erotica, horror, historical fiction, and general fiction. (Some of those overlap sometimes, I know.) I've also edited thousands of news articles. I currently copyedit books for a few independent publishers and news for The Hollywood Reporter on media, fashion, tech, politics, and business, among other topics. 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’m a born editor and a naturally curious person, so I continue to attend classes, participate in social media groups, and read up on trends; after all, our language is constantly changing. Don't get me started on "whom" and "they"!
Feel free to read more about me on LinkedIn. 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).
Each manuscript has its nuances, so there's no boilerplate answer here. But I know budget is important. To give you an idea of pricing, here's an example. An average-sized novel of 80,000 words (320 standard pages) can take anywhere from 30-60 hours, depending on what’s needed. My minimum base rate is typically $0.018 per word, so that estimate could look something like this:
$0.018 per word x 80,000 words = $1,440.
Before starting, I require 35 percent of the estimate as a deposit. This guarantees your start date in my schedule. (My fees are aligned with the EFA's Common Editorial Rates.)
For any payments, you can hit this nifty PayPal logo and it will take you where you need to go:
THE ESTIMATE: Each project is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. I can estimate a fee and a schedule after reviewing a portion of the manuscript, about 20 pages taken from the middle, delivered to me in a double-spaced Word doc, in 12-point Times New Roman (or similar) font.
A SAMPLE EDIT: I'm happy to offer a free sample edit of up to 1,000 words. This is a great way to see my style of editing and whether we're a good fit. I will need a chunk from the middle of the manuscript delivered to me in a double-spaced Word doc, in 12-point Times New Roman (or similar) font.
First things first! Please visit my Contact page for what to include in your introductory 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 at Atlas Obscura
I'm eager to hear about your project! Please send me an introductory email that includes the following: a synopsis of your manuscript (your "elevator speech": basic plot, the genre, etc.); whether it has been professionally edited in earlier stages; the total word count; your deadline; and what you're most concerned about with the text.
I'm more likely to respond if you use the form below, as it helps eliminate spam. Alternately, you can email me directly at GoodfootEditorial@gmail.com.