I understand that many of my clients would like to receive personalized copy editing samples before committing to the work. Unfortunately, I receive too many copy editing inquiries each week to accommodate requests for samples. The purpose of this page is to provide some copy editing samples from real-world examples so potential clients can see what copy editing can do for a manuscript.
Although each copy editing job is unique, editing generally ranges from light to heavy. Light copy editing takes the least time and usually involves minor changes to the text. Moderate (or average) copy editing takes more time and usually involves restructuring sentences and rephrasing. This type of copy editing represents the majority of my work. Heavy copy editing takes the most time and usually involves major restructuring and rephrasing at the sentence, paragraph, section, and manuscript levels.
A part of copy editing involves eliminating redundancy. On average, a manuscript is 8% to 12% shorter after copy editing. Changing sentences from the passive to active voice creates a more direct exposition of content and also shortens a manuscript. Take a look at the samples below to see for yourself what copy editing can do for your manuscript.
Light Copy Editing
Successful management of subordinates is influenced by accurate communication and initiation of structure. Companies should, therefore, invest more money into training their managers to be better communicators and leaders.
Accurate communication and structure initiation influence successful management of subordinates. Therefore, companies should invest more in training managers to be better communicators and leaders.
Moderate (Average) Copy Editing
Leadership significantly changed between 1930 and 1939. It caused managers to revert back to scientific management methods among others, that treats an underling in a bad way. These underlings either fell in line with the demands of the managers or faced being fired.
Leadership changed significantly in the 1930s, causing managers to revert to scientific management methods that treated subordinates poorly. Subordinates either complied with management’s demands or faced dismissal.
Heavy Copy Editing
The data was collected, analyzed as well as interpreted using the exact same methods. This was done to make value from the data to the highest extent. The relations found in the data proved that the variable A has a relation to variable B in a significant way. The relation was negative.
To obtain the most from the data, they were collected, analyzed, and interpreted using the same methods. Findings suggest that variable A correlates negatively with variable B.