Proofreading and editing on paper
- Tell me how many pages there are in your complete manuscript (including any appendices such as bibliography, notes, index) and your desired completion date for the work. You should also specify if you wish the manuscript to be proofread or copy-edited (click here to go to the Society for Editors and Proofreaders' list of 21 tips to get the most out of your proofreader/copy-editor).
- Send me a sample chapter and I will edit it for one hour without charge. I will return it to you with a quote for the complete manuscript, my advice on the level of edit I believe it merits, and an estimated time of delivery.
- If you wish to use my services, we will then confirm treatment of the manuscript, delivery date, price and payment time.
- Send me the complete manuscript (including any appendices), either by post if you wish to print it out yourself, or electronically if you wish me to print it (in this case there will be small charge to cover the cost of printer cartridge/paper).
- I will mark up your document using the British Standards Institution proofreading and editing symbols. The finished work is then posted back to you on or before the agreed deadline.
Proofreading and editing on-screen (electronic documents)
- The initial stages (up to and including step 3 above) are the same.
- When we have agreed our terms, send the manuscript to my email address either as a PDF file or a Word document.
- If you send me a Word document, I will make changes using the track changes function in Word and I will return two files to you: a document with all the changes I have made 'accepted' and a document showing all the changes I suggest. If you have not previously worked with track changes, I can provide a short tutorial. As the client, the final decision whether to accept or reject my changes is your own.
- If you send me a PDF document, I will use the comment and mark-up tools, combined with BSI marks.
- I then return your document to you by email or can upload it to your ftp site.
I aim to ensure that each job I undertake is carried out according to the best practice guidelines outlined by the SfEP.