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.
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 email@example.com 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 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.