What services do you offer, and how much will they cost?
- Proofreading (which might include a tiny amount of editing)
- Copy editing (some call this line editing or structural editing)
- Content editing (otherwise known as development/substantive editing)
The cost will vary depending upon the type, quality and size of your document. I can proofread and edit anything from a small flyer to blogposts and book manuscripts.
What is the difference between proofreading and editing?
Simply put, a proofreader looks for errors that can be proven. While an editor proofreads and can alter text to make the document flow, maintain a consistent voice and more. Click on the buttons on the side of this page for more specific details.
Can you edit technical documents?
Yes, I have a background in engineering, building and logistics. Although I specialise in automotive and mechanical editing, I’m highly adaptable and will research your particular topic to ensure that industry specific terms are correctly applied.
Can you edit academic essays and theses?
Yes, I can. I have a lot of experience in this field, especially editing essays for foreign students. All essays and thesis are proofread and edited within university and CIEP* codes of practice to help you get maximum marks for presentation. However, I cannot write your essay for you, add missing material, or assist in plagiarism.
*Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading
Can you proofread and edit novels or books?
Yes, I would be happy to edit your novel or book. Many publishing houses rely heavily upon the author to ensure their copy is well edited. Editing your own work is not advisable, as you will naturally be less likely to spot your own errors. It’s always best to get a professional to give your manuscript a thorough going-over before sending it to publishers.
Can you make my document perfect?
No, but I will try. No one is perfect, and expecting anyone, even an experienced professional, to attain perfection is asking too much. Many proofreaders and editors can spot a majority of errors. Asking a proofreader to find 100% of them is like asking a racing driver to win every race they ever enter. However, like the racing driver, a good proofreader or editor should always try to win.
With this in mind, most publishers ensure that their copy goes through several sessions of editing and proofreading. Each session is designed to revise, correct and refine. It may seem labour intensive and expensive to achieve the required standard, but it is a proven method that works.
What is a perfect document?
This varies according to the point of view. For example, some believe that “criticise” should be spelt with a “z”. While in general, “criticise” in UK English is most commonly spelt with an “s”, according to Collins Dictionary, using a “z” is just as acceptable. However, it is only spelt with a “z” in US English.
So you can see that, depending upon where you are from and your personal preference, “perfect” may take a different form. For this reason, a style guide can be most helpful.
What is a style guide, and why is it necessary?
According to the College of Media and Publishing, “a style guide is a book of rules or manual of style for certain things such as spelling, punctuation and grammar. But it also includes more complex rules about layout, format and use of certain words etc. It ensures consistency within the document / website / business etc.”
Using a style guide ensures that the client’s wishes and expectations are reliably fulfilled. Examples of style guides are the Guardian Style Guide (GSG)and the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS).
But what if I don’t agree with everything in the style guide?
Then you need a house style sheet. House style defines the format specifics to which a client requires adherence. Perhaps you require larger than standard margins, or names, dates, and titles to be written in a specific way.
e.g. Monday 21st of June instead of Monday, June 21st; The Prince of Wales instead of Prince Charles; Mr J. Smith instead of John Smith.
With these specified in the house style sheet, the editor can maintain a consistent style throughout your website, business and documents.