Hodgepodge Solutions 

Nonfiction Book Copy Editor—taking your book from headache reading to an “I can’t put it down” best seller!

My Mission

As a copy editor, my mission is to ensure your language and grammar are consistent throughout your manuscript. Your voice is powerful and should not be hodgepodged by frustration and perfectionism. I work with you to turn your manuscript into one you can smile over.

Why you need an editor

Investing in an excellent editor can make all the difference between a best seller and a single-star rating on Amazon. You put all this effort into writing a book to share your message, your story, and grow your business. Now you must find someone you trust to put as much effort into ensuring it is clear and without giant linguistic and grammar errors. Self-editing can only take you so far. Grammarly and your doc editor are tools and not designed to listen to your voice or recognize the rules of a style guide.  

Let go of the frustration and perfectionism that comes from self-editing. 

Self-publish a book that looks like it came from a professional publisher. 

Avoid negative reviews that complain of poor editing, grammar, and typos.

Take the actions of a best-selling author and treat your manuscript like the best seller it could be. 

Hire someone who recognizes that voice has the power to change flexible grammar and linguistic rules. 

The Editing Journey

All first-time clients get their first 1,000 words edited for free!

Why?

This shows me the level of editing your manuscript needs and gives you a sense of how my editing language and style works. 

From there I provide you a quote and timeline to complete a full edit of your manuscript. 

When editing your content, I make no immediate changes to the original manuscript. Instead, what you receive back is an electronic copy with notes of all the possible changes that could/should be made. 

You can then read through the suggested changes and accept or reject each and every change

Once changes are made, your book is ready to move to the final proofreading stage before publication. 

Why should you have your book proofread once more prior to publication?

Copy edit changes sometimes come with notes of inconsistency in your manuscript. For example, in one part of the book you state a character’s eyes are green, but later they are suddenly blue. These changes can lead to new errors. Also, editors are human, too, and a second or third set of eyes may be the difference between a book with three minor errors or one with ten. 

Services

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Authors

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Businesses

Book Line Editing

Line editing is an intensive process that looks at the manuscript on a sentence and paragraph level. By focusing on the language, structure, flow of ideas, transition elements, tone, and style of your book, line editing makes sure the message you want to convey to your audience is delivered. It is often the first round of manuscript editing and is geared towards ensuring that your book consistently displays your voice while getting the message to your audience in the clearest way possible. 

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Book Copy Editing

While line editing goes line by line, copy editing goes word by word. This editing style focuses on grammar usage and consistency issues. I search for technical issues and major loose ends within your manuscript that could risk confusing the reader. Typographical, spelling, and punctuation mistakes are also corrected. 

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Make sure your writing is polished before publishing. 

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Audrey

Audrey

Owner

Hi, my name is Audrey. I’m a copy editing expert who helps women entrepreneurs present a clear and consistent branding message, giving them more time, money, and confidence in their business, allowing them to clearly market to their target audience.

After working in a library for many years, I got my BA in Chemistry. I worked in research and development for many years. While doing that,  I was often asked to edit papers for my ESL colleagues. This introduced me to my love of editing. Since then, I’ve taken multiple proofreading and copyediting classes. I also continue to learn with each new client and project I work on.

 I want you to know that I’ve been there. I get it. I write something and think I found all the errors—I am an editor after all. But then someone points out some obvious error. And I think, “How did I miss that?!” But this is why everyone—even me—needs someone else to look over things. 

 When you are ready, I’m here to do that for you. This is what I help people do. I’m the last set of eyes before they hit publish. I’m super awesome at finding inconsistencies and typos in other people’s writing. (I’m also highly organized.)

I save my clients the frustration of feeling they missed an obvious error. I save them time. Instead of wasting time looking over their work, knowing they’ll miss things because they’ve looked it over too many times, I’ll be looking at it for the first time and be easily able to see things that they missed.  

Do you want to know my secrets? I’ll let you in on two of them: my style sheet and my copy of The Chicago Manual of Style. The first helps me keep track of the author’s preferences and the second answers questions I have about how to handle things. 

So, if you are interested in gaining more time to do what you love and more confidence that your branding message is speaking to your audience, I’d love to chat.

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