While editing a manuscript, the copyeditor creates a style sheet listing the references relied upon (usually a specific dictionary and style manual) and the decisions made on spelling, punctuation, capitalization, hyphenation, presentation of dates and numbers, etc. For fictional works, the style sheet can also contain information about people, places, and the timeline. This style sheet is specific to the manuscript (or, in the case of a book series, the series of manuscripts) and can then be referred to by the author and the rest of the editorial and publishing team.
What is a style sheet?
About the Author: Louann Pope
Louann’s former career was in business, finance, and economics, but she’s always loved reading and language. . . so she obtained a specialized copyediting certification and launched a freelance copyediting career. Personally, her favorite genres to read are science fiction & fantasy and mystery. Because she loves language and has this eclectic combination of background and interests, she can copyedit a wide range of materials—everything from academic journal articles to company press releases to time-travel romances.
Regardless of the type of writing, her goal is always to ensure that the manuscript reflects the best of the author’s ability and unique voice. She sees the editing process as a collaboration in which she acts as a bridge between the author and the reader.