Frequently Asked Questions

Got Questions?  Here are some answers.

How does the service work?

Once you’ve decided to use the services of The Pedantic Punctuator, you’ll email me your manuscript.  (Microsoft Word .doc or .docx file).

I’ll Copy Edit your file, using Microsoft Word features to track changes made to the original work.  Comment balloons in the margins will point out suggested changes to your manuscript to improve overall flow and highlight consistency errors.  Updates will be emailed to you, regarding progress as the edit continues.

Upon completion, your edited file will be emailed back to you ready for perusal.


How long will it take?

The answer to this question very much depends on the word count of your manuscript.  As a general rule, a short story or novella will take up to two weeks. Dependent on length a novel would take between 2-6 weeks to complete, but allow a little extra time in case of unforseen editing issues which may be discovered as the work progresses.

When you request my services, I’ll be able to give you an estimated time for  Copy Editing to be completed and I’ll provide a suggested date when your manuscript will be returned .

However, please keep in mind that copy editing is different in every situation – and allow for a little extra time when planning your publishing schedule.


What payments do you accept?

Payments for my services are made via Paypal.

When you hire The Pedantic Punctuator to Copy Edit your work, you’ll receive an invoice for the total cost, (plus a small 2.9% charge to cover Paypal fees) along with payment instructions.


Why are you much cheaper than other editing services?

There are a couple of reasons for the lower rates.

1.  I’m running a business from home and consequently, overheads are minimal.

2.  As mentioned on the ‘About Me’ page, I’m a voracious reader.  I enjoy reading and editing and I’m happy to do it at a lower cost than some companies charge.  I’ve been fortunate to receive a great deal of help from other independent authors and this is a way I can help others.

3.  I found the costs involved in having a book professionally edited to be prohibitive to the independent author.  I believe there’s a niche market available, one where I can provide quality editing services at a lower price.


How do I know you’ll do a professional job?

The short answer is you don’t.

What I can tell you is I take my work very seriously.  I will treat your manuscript and your words with respect, doing my best to provide you with the best Copy Editing service I can provide.  

If you have any doubts, I’d recommend using the Sample Edit option. This will provide you with an example of my work and ensure you’re completely satisfied before we go ahead with editing your complete manuscript.

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