I offer two services: proofreading and copyediting. The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) offers a clear explanation of the differences between the two here.
If you ask me to proofread your text, I will fix errors and make sure the text adheres to the style guide you’re using. I have experience of using the standard guides (e.g. MLA, Chicago, Harvard APA, the AP Guide, the Guardian Style Guide, etc.), as well as several house styles.
What do I mean by error? If you type their where you meant they’re, I’ll change it. However, I will not address the more substantive issues that are dealt with by a copyeditor.
If you ask me to copyedit your work, I will:
- make sure the overall structure of the piece works and point out any holes or weaknesses.
- alert you to major structural problems.
- check the formatting of your work.
- check that you’ve applied the referencing system correctly.
- alert you to potential legal issues.
- alert you to potential inaccuracies; if you want me to check facts for you, let me know before I give you a quote for your work.
For projects that cost under £100, I will send you a PayPal invoice when I return the work to you.
For projects that cost £101 or more, I will send you a PayPal invoice for 50% of the price before I start work (this will need to be paid before I begin) and a second invoice for the balance when I return the work to you.
For larger projects (those that cost in excess of £1200), if it is better for you, I can send you three invoices: before I start, in the middle of the work, and at the end.
Finally, some of my clients prefer to pay in full before I complete their job; if you prefer this method, let me know and I’ll send an invoice for the full amount at the beginning of the project.
A note about PayPal: you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay my invoices; you can simply use your credit or debit card.
If you have any questions about my services, please contact me here.
If you want a quote for copyediting or proofreading, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following:
- the total word count for the document(s).
- the subject you’re writing about
- whether you want it proofread or copyedited
- the date by which you need the work to be completed.
- a short extract from the middle of your piece (about 1,000 words in most cases).
My prices these services are based on the SfEP guidelines, which you’ll find here.
The price I quote you will not change; if the job takes me longer than expected, so long as you send me only what we agree upfront, I will not charge you extra.
This is all amazing – thank you so much. … I found everything really clear, and you were very easy to work with. I can’t fault your attention to detail.
Jennifer is clear, careful, and prompt in her editing. She catches typos but also offers thoughtful alternatives to ambiguous phrasing. Her suggestions for my further work not only identify weaknesses in my prose but also identify directions for correction, which is much more encouraging than other editors who have merely criticized. Jennifer has made it … Continue reading Jenni Halpin
Jennifer is not only adept at catching an awkward phrase or citation format error, but insightful in teasing out the main points of an argument and helping find ways to foreground and clarify them. I appreciate her attention to both style and content. Precision is the hallmark of her editing.
Jennifer proved to be an invaluable help when I was co-editing a volume of essays for an academic press. Without exception, I found her editing to be judicious, consistent and light-handed. Despite having read the ms. multiple times, Jennifer’s careful eye spotted typos and errors, which were all carefully corrected. Where needed, she researched word … Continue reading Janice Allan
I needed to write my PhD in English, which is not my native language, so it was extremely important for me to be sure that the writing quality and correctness were at a high level for my dissertation to be accepted. Jennifer’s help in correcting my writing was extremely useful. She has provided a fast … Continue reading Debora Santo