A service can be provided for any form of written material including:

  • non-fiction
  • corporate material
  • academic text
  • web content
  • articles and features
  • press releases
  • blogs.

The service can be tailored according to a client’s brief but will generally include:

  • identifying corrections to spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • rephrasing to flow or sound better
  • ensuring consistency throughout (e.g. style, capitalisation, hyphenation)
  • correcting any formatting, spacing or layout issues
  • checking page numbers, captions, headings, references, web links, and the table of contents
  • comparing the proofs to the edited copy or reading ‘blind’.

Copy-editing and proofreading can both be performed on screen or on paper. Changes can be marked up using BS 5261C:2005 symbols, Microsoft Word Track Changes, Adobe Acrobat, or any other method that is required.

Levels of Editing

Copy-editing, as the name suggests, involves editing the draft “copy” to get it ready for publication. This usually involves a high degree of intervention and significant amendments being made to the text. If your document has not yet undergone any form of professional editing or if it has been written by a non-native English speaker it is likely to need copy-editing (more information on copy-editing is available from the SfEP here).

Proofreading, on the other hand, is generally the final quality control step in the process. It involves less intervention and will pick up essential errors and suggest minor changes (more information on proofreading is available from the SfEP here).

Proof-editing is a process somewhere between copy-editing and proofreading and is frequently performed for clients.

Subjects and Specialisms

I offer a service for most subjects, although I specialise in science and engineering and can provide particular expertise in environmental matters (e.g. environmental engineering, sustainability, energy, air and water pollution, conservation, environmental policy and management, and climate change). However, editing skills are transferable to any subject matter; prior knowledge of a subject often helps but isn’t always essential.

Find out more about my qualifications and experience here.

Prices

Prices will vary depending on the complexity of the document and also the level of service required. As a guideline, the SfEP has provided suggested minimum rates.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information please see the FAQs.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions will be issued for each new piece of work.

The Society for Editors and Proofreaders’ Code of Practice is followed at all times.

Contact

Please contact me for a quote or to discuss your requirements.