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All correspondence and client materials will be held in the strictest confidence and will remain the intellectual property of the client. Nor do I share personal information or the details of a client’s project.

EDITING SERVICES

Your own voice is important, especially if you are a fiction author. But even in academic and business writing, these are your ideas and your information, so as much as possible, I retain your authorial voice even during extensive editing.

All edits follow the style specified by the author or targeted academic journal or the in-house business style.

The following are the different types of editing and what they involve. Fees and turnaround times increase with each type of edit. (These definitions are derived from those specified by Editors Canada.)

Proofreading

  • Checking proofs of already formatted, already edited material to ensure it adheres to the original design.
  • Checking for minor mechanical errors in the copy (such as spelling or grammar mistakes or small deviations from the style sheet).
  • Proofreading can also involve checking that you have made all your headings consistent or written your reference list according to the correct academic style. (However, it does not include completely reformatting a reference list from one style into a different style. That task is included in Stylistic Editing and would be charged accordingly.)

Documents can be checked against an original copy, or they can be proofread alone, without a comparison copy. Proofreading does not include the following:

  • Picture research/permissions
  • Indexing
  • Rewriting
  • Fact-checking

Copy Editing

(not the same thing as Proofreading; see above)

  • Basic mechanics of writing: grammar, word usage, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Internal consistency of facts (e.g., whether your main character has blue eyes in chapter two but brown eyes in chapter twelve or whether your experimental results)
  • Checking heading levels and approximate placement of art; work on tables, figures, and lists.

Copyediting also usually includes the next category (Stylistic Editing), although the two types of edit can be done separately.

Stylistic Editing

This involves clarifying the meaning you intend, eliminating unnecessary jargon, polishing the general language, and other non-mechanical line-by-line editing. It does not include the following unless specified:

  • Correcting the intended reading level (e.g., age level, expert or general level, etc.)
  • Creating or revising tables or figures
  • Negotiating changes with the author

This type of editing can also include some simple, limited document formatting, but most formatting work would occur in the Substantive/Structural editing category.

Substantive/Structural Editing

This usually includes copy editing and stylistic editing but takes the edit much further. This deep type of edit involves clarifying or reorganizing a manuscript’s content and structure. However, it does not include the following unless specified:

  • Research
  • Writing original material
  • Negotiating changes with the author

Examples of the types of editing projects we may work on together:

  • Academic journal articles
  • Fiction and nonfiction books
  • Academic papers, theses, dissertations (with instructor or supervisor approval)
  • Corporate documents and reports
  • Instructional and educational materials
  • Web pages

WRITING SERVICES

  • Articles and Features
  • Reports
  • Blog posts
  • Ghost-writing non-fiction
  • Other projects can be discussed

 

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(1000-word sample edit also available for USD $30)