What is copyediting? Simply put, it’s editing your manuscript to find not only typos and misplaced punctuation, but also flags awkward sentence structures, unclear narratives, and things that just don’t make sense. Copyeditors don’t necessarily rewrite everything for you, mostly because if something is unclear your editor may not know your actual intent with a sentence or paragraph. However, I will make note of places that need additional work.
Copyediting should take place after you have a final draft of your manuscript complete. You should be at a place where no additional major rewrites are needed. You should have already run your manuscript through a developmental editor, if you’re using one. You should have already passed your book to beta readers to find holes in your plot or weaknesses to your organization. When you’re ready to hire a copyeditor, your book should really be in great shape and ready for polishing.
I have spent years editing all sorts of things, including incredibly detailed technical material, family history books, novels, and nonfiction books. I have an eagle eye and will catch the major errors in your book so you can produce the best final book possible.