Frequently Asked Questions
What are proofreading, copy-editing and editing?
Proofreading is correcting spelling, punctuation and typographic mistakes; copy-editing looks at the structure and layout, page numbers and any non-textual data within the document; editing is taking a broader view of the manuscript, looking at word choice, sentence structure, tone, style, inconsistencies and plot holes.
What types of documents do you accept?
I can work on a variety of document types, including .doc, .docx and .pdf files. It is best to use Microsoft Word where possible, as their editing tools are easy to use and, once you have received the completed document with tracked changes and notes, you are able to see and approve each change quickly and easily.
I can also mark up a physical copy or PDF using British Standard marks if required.
If your document is in another format, get in touch and I'll see what I can do.
Once I've made contact, what can I expect?
I will reply within a few hours of receiving your email, and through further emails we will come to an agreement with regards to payment and date of delivery.
In order to come to an accurate quote for the work, I will require a sample of your document (1,000 words), as well as an idea of your expectations (i.e. what level of proofreading or editing you require).
We will agree an amount and the date of completion. You will send me your full document, and the rest is in my hands.
What do you charge?
My fees are £4-£8 per 1,000 words for proofreading and £8-£12 for editing, but are negotiable. I charge a minimum fee of £35.
Every job requires something unique. Once I see a sample of your document, I will come back to you with a quote, which will take into account the level of work required to polish the document, which service you are looking for, and the document's level of technical difficulty.
How can I pay?
You can pay by PayPal or via bank transfer. I will charge a 50% deposit to secure the job, with the remainder due on receipt of an invoice after completion of the document.