I'm a dyed-in-the-wool, honest-to-goodness copy editor. I don't use copy editing software; I use spell check and grammar check as backup only. Usually I click on ignore in grammar check because it's wrong so often.
Real copy editors deliver meticulous, knowledgeable line and substantive editing; know grammar, spelling, punctuation and syntax; and have broad general knowledge. As a lifelong copy editor I can line edit, substantively edit and critique all kinds of writing from advertising to novels. I'm doggedly thorough; some would s