Copy editing

More than just the grammar warden of the editing world!

The most technical kind of editing, a copy edit will ensure that everything in a manuscript is spelt correctly and consistently, that paragraphs are used wisely, that grammar and punctuation are applied appropriately and that the sense of the writing is clear. A copy edit is important to make sure that the reader understands what the author is trying to say. Often the final part of the editing process before a book is designed and laid out, a copy edit is essential to the success of a book.


Shine is the supporter magazine of south London children’s hospice. It was started in 2008, and Alex worked with the PR department, copy editing the initial editions to set the editorial and layout standard for the ongoing production of the magazine.