Carla Benton

Copy Editor | Proofreader | Production Editor

I am regularly hired to work on a wide range of novels and nonfiction books, including two National Book Award winners and many bestsellers. Examples can be found in my portfolio.


In a typical copyedit, I work to ensure spelling, grammar, and punctuation are correct and consistent and the text is clear and accurate in terms of character attributes, timeline, and setting. I work in Microsoft Word using Track Changes and will provide an individual style sheet adhering to The Chicago Manual of Style, 17, and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11. For a standard proofread, I look for and correct remaining editorial errors and flag production and design problems that need to be addressed; I can do so either on hard copy page proofs using standard proofreaders’ marks or electronically by using Adobe Acrobat Reader’s markup tools. As a production editor, I secure copy editors and proofreaders and review edits while also overseeing and carrying out a text’s schedule from manuscript to bound book.