Episode 13

Published on:

16th Sep 2019

S2E13: Copyediting and the fact-checking process

Denise and Louise talk to Laura Poole, a professional copyeditor who specializes in working with university presses on scholarly non-fiction, mainly in the humanities. Laura discusses the importance of fact checking.

Listen to find out more about:

  • What a copyediting service includes
  • When fact checking takes place in the editorial process
  • Fiction: place names, historical accuracy, idiom, dates, etymology
  • Non-fiction: people names, obscure terms, place names, dates, protecting author reputation
  • Differences between spot checking and fact checking
  • Fact checking for consistency across series
  • Print versus digital: preventing reputational damage in the long term
  • Tools for fact checking
  • Who’s responsible for fact checking?
  • Effective and sensitive querying of facts in non-fiction
  • Artistic licence with facts in fiction

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Denise and Louise


Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


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About the Podcast

The Editing Podcast
Make your editing and writing life easier with Denise and Louise
Editing your book is essential, whether you do it yourself or work with a pro. Join two professional editors, Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby, as they explore ways in which authors can make their publishing journeys easier. If you want to learn how to improve your writing and self-editing with tips, tools and guidance, The Editing Podcast is for you.

About your hosts

Louise Harnby

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Louise is a line editor, copyeditor and proofreader who works with indie authors of commercial fiction. She specializes in crime, thrillers and mysteries. Louise lives in Norwich, England. Don't ask her to say 'bootiful' or there'll be even more trouble!

Denise Cowle

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Denise is a copyeditor and proofreader who works with publishers, businesses and independent authors. She specializes in non-fiction, particularly education, business and social sciences.
Denise lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Don’t ask her to say ‘curly wurly’ or there might be a murrrdurrr!