I offer proofreading, copy editing, and structural editing services for a wide range of documents, from novels to academic dissertations. No matter the service or the document, my primary goal is to work with you, the writer, to make your manuscript shine – for our boss, the reader.
There’s a lot of overlap between the different types of editorial services, but in a nutshell:
- The proofreader does quality control, picking up typographic errors and ensuring the document is consistently formatted throughout. Proofreading is the final step before publication.
- The copy editor is most interested in sentence-level issues of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. They also check for consistency in language and format.
- The developmental or structural editor is the most closely involved with the actual writing process. They consider the completeness of the document, the logical flow of the narrative or argument, the appropriateness of the figures or illustrations, and the many other factors that contribute to a manuscript’s success.
As I said, there’s quite a bit of overlap: my structural edits will also pick up issues of grammar, spelling, and punctuation, but these won’t be my primary focus. Similarly, when copy editing my intention is always to leave the document as ‘clean’ as possible, as employing a separate proofreader is often impractical or unnecessary for documents that won’t be mass-printed.
English as a Subsequent Language (ESL)
I specialise in editing ESL documents, and take the time to provide detailed writing advice and explanations of my most frequent changes. My goal is to help you develop your writing skills in English, particularly in an academic setting.
There’s rather more decisions to be made in writing and editing than you might think, and not all of them are subject to hard-and-fast rules. Is it Internet or internet? Analyse or analyse? Should you write ‘twenty’, or is ’20’ just fine? To ensure consistency, style guides set out preferred capitalisation, spelling, hyphenation, citation format, and the myriad other variables that make up a text.
(Students will be most familiar with style guides as the arcane, irritating referencing rules to be dealt with in the final stages of essay-writing!)
I am conversant with a number of established style guides, including:
- American Medical Association (AMA – 10th ed.)
- Associated Press (AP) Stylebook
- American Psychological Association (APA – 6th ed.)
- Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.)
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Modern Language Association (MLA – 8th ed.)
- Snooks & Co. (6th ed.)
I can also work to your brand or company’s style guide, or even help you develop a style guide of your own.
Most completed orders will be returned in the form of:
- Word document with changes tracked and comments;
- Word document with changes incorporated (with or without comments);
- editor’s notes, summarising the work done, drawing your attention to particular repeated changes, and providing general advice or comments (where relevant);
- and, (optional) style sheet for the document, allowing subsequent documents to be consistently styled.
I can also work in Excel, Powerpoint, OpenOffice, LaTeX, and pdf documents.
Security and Confidentiality
The security and confidentiality of your documents is very important to me. I work on a desktop PC with virus and malware protection that is updated weekly at minimum. In addition, I delete all client files a maximum of 14 days after project completion, barring express prior agreement to hold manuscripts or style sheets for future work or my own portfolio.