Cody editing should always come after a line edit, not before or at the same time. Copy editing is the last form of editing to be done after any major alterations have been made to the novel.
What does this form of editing include?
This form of editing includes a lot of notes and tracked changes within the body of the manuscript.
I work on:
- Correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax
- Consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, and capitalization
- Flag ambiguous or factually incorrect statements
- Flag concerns with the plot, setting, and characters
Why choose copy editing over other forms of editing?
The last thing you want is for readers to pick up spelling errors, grammatical issues, and other rule-based problems. I do not do purely copy editing on its own. This is covered in manuscript editing.
What is not included in the edit?
If you want to know more about the difference between a line edit and a copy edit, read this article.