PROOFREADING & EDITING
Are you a student or a researcher who wants to make sure your academic writing reflects the time you’ve put into it?
Do you want those assessing your work to focus on the quality of your ideas rather than any potential errors in language or style?
Would you like help to ensure your message gets across to your desired audience?
LET ME HELP YOU COMMUNICATE WITH CONFIDENCE AND CLARITY
First Impressions Count
A well-formatted, error-free document helps set the tone for the content contained within it.
Numerous typos or grammatical mistakes can undermine your credibility: when your writing looks professional, you do too.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote that the pen was mightier than the sword. Mark Twain said, “Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel and paper by the ton.”
They recognised that the written word is a powerful medium. Proofreading and editing can help you harness that power to get your message across clearly and concisely.
At the very heart of writing is making sure your thoughts can be understood by another person. A second pair of eyes not only ensures that grammatical mistakes and typos are caught, but that you are also communicating exactly what you intend to your specific audience.
PROOFREADING, EDITING ...
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Proofreading has its origins in the days when documents were set by hand using movable type: the printed proofs would be read to look for basic errors such as missing punctuation, misspelled words, and other grammatical or formatting inconsistencies. While times have moved on, proofreading remains just as vital as it was in the past because it helps ensure your readers focus on your ideas rather than any errors.
- You are fluent in English but would like greater confidence in your submission. You may be surprised what a fresh pair of eyes can turn up!
- Your paper has already been edited but you have made changes to it. A final proofread can ensure that mistakes haven’t been introduced.
Editing involves more heavy lifting, such as checking the structure of the document, offering suggestions for re-writing sentences, or reformatting a document in a specific style. This is worth considering if:
- You are a non-native English speaker and need more assistance with grammar and syntax.
- You want recommendations for the structure of the document.
- You want your paper formatted using particular style guidelines.
Neither proofreading nor editing involves changing your argument or your ideas. Instead, the aim is to help eliminate errors, increase the document’s fluency and flow, and ensure that your writing presents your research in the clearest way possible.
HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?
Documents are read at least twice. The first time through I focus on understanding your writing style and the topic of your research, correcting common errors, and identifying inconsistencies. I will contact you regarding any questions I have to ensure that you are kept in the loop.
The second read-through ensures that the document flows well, picks up any mistakes that were missed the first time, and, in the case of editing, I will provide comments and offer potential ways of re-writing problem sections.
I typically use the Track Changes function in Word to make changes and insert comments. This gives you control over what corrections to accept or reject, allows you to decide whether to swap your current text for a suggested revision, and you can easily accept all changes if you are close to your deadline. If you are using a system such as LaTeX, Overleaf can be used for similar functionality.
I also provide a summary of errors that are common in your writing so that you can focus on improving these areas. Proofreading and editing should not just be viewed as a way to correct a particular paper, but they are also forms of feedback that can be used on all future documents.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?
Prices range from £20.00 – £34.00 per 1000 words in line with the recommendations of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders; the rate is dependent on the level of work required and the desired turnaround time.
For a quote, please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond as soon as possible:
- Total word count for the project: This will allow me to gauge how long the job will take; an approximate count is fine if the writing is still in progress.
- Project type: If you would like a paper formatted according to publication guidelines, please let me know where you will be submitting (a link to the guidance document is also much appreciated!).
- Deadline: Please let me know when you need the document returned and if you will have time to review comments before the submission date.
- File type: Are you working with Word, Google Docs, PDF, or LaTeX?
- A writing sample: A representative section of the paper will help me determine whether proofreading or editing is needed.
THE FINE PRINT
These services are for proofreading or editing only. I do not write papers or dissertations for students.
I will need to charge twice if a new version of a paper is sent after I have started working on the original draft.
I cannot guarantee a particular mark or grade on coursework, acceptance to a conference or journal publication, research proposal funding, or a job interview.
I am unable to check for plagiarism, provide paraphrasing of your references, or check the accuracy and validity of your content. Instead, proofreading and editing services help ensure that your writing is as clear and consistent as possible.