Your Copy Editor

Nora Stoecker1

I provide basic proofreading, copyediting, citation verification and fact-checking services, as well as information research and writing services, for business and research  institutions, small business owners, and individuals.

I can help you with your journal or magazine articles, conference papers, fact sheets, technical reports, white papers, website content, and more.

Nora K. Stoecker,

Light copyediting

  • Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, conformance to required style guides
  • Ensuring consistency in all mechanical matters and checking for internal consistency of facts
  • Correlating parts of the document – checking contents page against chapters; checking numbering of footnotes or end notes; checking footnotes, end notes, or in-text citations against bibliography or reference lists, etc.
  • Pointing out any text, tables, or illustrations that may need permissions
  • Correcting all outright errors in grammar, syntax, and usage
  • Asking about statements that seem incorrect

Medium or heavy copyediting

All of the above, plus:

  • Correcting all errors in grammar, syntax, and usage, and possibly inappropriate usage as well
  • Pointing out or rewriting wordy or convoluted sections
  • Requesting or supplying definitions of terms that might be new to the intended audience
  • Attempting to verify and revise incorrect facts
  • Asking about or revising faulty organization or gaps in logic
  • Verifying that citations and references adhere to the required or preferred style guide

Citation verification

Basic citation verification will occur as part of a substantive copyedit, but there may be times when you need more research, or when all you need is to have the citations or references confirmed or enhanced.

  • Verifying that citations are complete and that they adhere to the required or preferred style guide
  • Finding and adding full citations when needed


  • Checking accuracy of facts, names, dates, URLs, and other data, using sources cited by the author, or other relevant sources

Updated October 15, 2014

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