Cat’s Eye Copyediting
Copyediting includes light fact-checking and attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity, continuity, and consistency. I may suggest rewrites for some sentences. I work with The Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition online), Merriam-Webster online, and house style guides.
After a project has been developed and written, it’s time for me to polish and shine the work. This is a final step before it’s laid out graphically for print and digital publication.
I retain your voice while tidying up errors, style inconsistencies, and concerns that could distract readers. I query you as needed to ensure my work supports your intent.
Testimonials & Featured Clients
"Born to Be a Copyeditor"
Sheryl Rapée-Adams studied copyediting and proofreading with Editorial Arts Academy. Her work was nothing short of outstanding, on all levels. Her final copyediting project, for which she received a nearly perfect score, was every bit as polished as the editing I see for large New York publishers.
Sheryl was clearly born to be a copyeditor. I put such faith in her work that I’ve hired her for several copyediting jobs through my editing services firm. She went above and beyond on these projects, taking exquisite care to deliver the level of editing I was looking for and providing respectful, intelligent, and personal-touch queries. I highly recommend Sheryl for copyediting work!
Susannah Noel, Cofounder, Editorial Arts Academy
Sheryl did the copyediting for my book 30 Days to Financial Excellence, and I was very happy with the outcome! She did a fantastic job picking up on errors and made some excellent suggestions that really helped improve the book.
I would definitely recommend her for any copyediting work and I would absolutely consider her as my copyeditor for any future projects.
Inge Natalie Hol, Personal Finance Author and Coach
"Supportive Throughout the Process"
A trustworthy, kind, and respectful relationship with an editor is as essential to me as their editing competency level. After all, when you submit work to an editor you’re trusting them with a bit of your soul! Through a series of connections Sheryl was recommended to me and I am so glad we paired up. Sheryl was the copyeditor for my second book and I had a wonderful experience with her. She was quick to respond to my inquiries, set up a reasonable timeline for submission to completion, and was supportive throughout the process. I found great comfort with Sheryl and my experience was truly delightful.
Anne-Marie Keppel, Author, Owner of Death Nesting: Ancient & Modern Death Doula – stardustmeadow.com
"Above and Beyond All Others"
My job as Statewide Network Coordinator for the Vermont Community Garden Network is to connect people with the best resources in the state. Above and beyond all others, I refer people to Sheryl and her community garden.
I know I can rely on Sheryl to respond quickly, thoughtfully, and with open arms to people who need the support. She has also become someone I can count on to catch it when I send out a wrong date or detail—and do so kindly and graciously!
– Libby Weiland, Statewide Network Coordinator, Vermont Community Garden Network
"Her Editing Is Excellent"
Sheryl Rapée-Adams is on VT-CAN!’s board and serves as our primary copyeditor for grants and appeals. Her editing is excellent and has certainly helped make our fundraising pleas well-written and more compelling. I would highly recommend her for copyediting jobs.
– Pamela Krausz, Executive Director, VT-CAN! Spay/Neuter Clinic
"The End Result Will Be Something We Can Be Proud Of"
As president of a small nonprofit with limited funding, it is oftentimes difficult to find reliable help. This is where Sheryl was a breath of fresh air! Not only is she very responsive, but I can send her projects and know that the end result will be something we can be proud of. Highly recommend!
– Brenna Galdenzi, President, Protect Our Wildlife Vermont
"She Made the Book Better"
Every writer needs a good copyeditor. Sheryl took on my latest book, No Excuses, and it made all the difference. I was surprised at what she found and how she made the book better. I give her five stars.
–Stephen L. Harris, Author