Copyediting

Allow us to help refine and polish your book before you publish. With our Copyediting service, a professional editor will review your manuscript and give you suggested corrections for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and correct any typos present in the text.

Price: $160.00 up to 10,000 words
$0.016/word for 10,000+

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Copyediting Details

A professional editor will use The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, the preferred style guide in the book publishing industry, and the Merriam-Webster dictionary while editing your manuscript.

The editor will review your manuscript using the Microsoft Word Track Changes feature and provide a line edit that corrects typos and ensures consistency in:

  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling

In addition, an editor will also provide an Editorial Letter explaining the suggested changes made in the manuscript.

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Samples

" The editing was superb, and helped put the book in a professional context, without changing the content or the impact of the message! "
Dr. Kedric Cecil, Wisdom from the Streets

How It Works


Important: Please submit your completed manuscript, including all front and back matter.

You'll work with the CreateSpace Content Media team, who will guide you through the editing process. The Content Media team is a liaison between you and a professional editor, pairing your manuscript with an appropriate editor, and answering any questions you may have throughout the editing process. Here's how the process works:

  1. Upload your manuscript in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) through your account.
  2. Complete a questionnaire for the editor noting any stylistic preferences and/or areas of focus within your manuscript.
  3. After receiving your edited manuscript, use Microsoft Word to accept or reject individual track changes and choose whether to incorporate the editor's suggestions into your final manuscript.
Manuscript Length Turnaround Time*
Under 10,000 Words 1 Week
10,000-50,000 Words 1.5 Weeks
50,001-75,000 Words 2 Weeks
75,001-150,000 Words 2.5 Weeks
150,001-200,000 Words 3.5 Weeks
200,001-250,000 Words 4.5 Weeks
250,001-300,000 Words 5.5 Weeks

* Timeline begins once your manuscript completes a file review and the questionaire is approved.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will my manuscript be error-free after editing?

Editing, by nature, is a multi-round process; not all errors within the text may be caught in the first round or two of editing. Most traditionally published books are edited multiple times throughout the book-making process, and even then, it is not uncommon to have a small number of grammatical errors within the book when it goes to print. For this reason, CreateSpace recommends multiple rounds of editing to ensure the cleanest manuscript for publication.

Q: Will I be able to speak directly with my editor?

While there is not direct communication with the editor, your editor will provide you with an Editorial Letter explaining the changes and recommendations he or she has made to your manuscript and may also include comments throughout the manuscript itself. The CreateSpace Content Media team will be available throughout the editing process to answer any questions you have.

Q: What are the editors' qualifications?

CreateSpace hires professional editors from across the publishing industry with experience in a variety of book genres. Many of our editors have worked for traditional publishers, are published authors, and own and operate their own editing companies. Each editor has been thoroughly field tested and handpicked for his or her expertise in a specific genre and knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, which is the preferred style guide for the book publishing industry.

Q: Do I need Microsoft Word if I purchase an editing service?

Yes. While we accept manuscripts in either Microsoft Word or RTF, in order to accept or reject the editor's suggested changes and review the content feedback, you must view and revise your edited document in Microsoft Word.