What is the difference between copyediting and proofreading?
Copyediting is working at the micro and macro level, where text is viewed word-by-word and line-by-line for clarity and consistency, as well as analyzing the whole to see where problems might exist. Sentences should say what they need to say and only that. Too many words or repetition of what has already been said is redundant and could be confusing, as well as boring. A good editor can smooth the flow of words so copy is understandable and engages the reader—artfully but invisibly.
Can I get an estimate?
It’s almost impossible to give an accurate estimate of a project until I see a sample of the work because there are so many variables involved: how well written is the project; are there science or technology terms; are there more than the industry-standard 300 words per page; is the text in Times New Roman 12 point font or a smaller, difficult to read font; is the page double spaced; are there extensive footnotes and a bibliography; or a cookbook where each ingredient has to be verified?
How much does it cost? How am I billed?
You provide a sample, I give you an estimate, and we come to an agreement on a fee and start and delivery dates. If after receipt of the entire project it looks like editing will take longer than the original sample indicated, I will contact you and we can discuss how to proceed. I strive to always provide excellent customer service.
How quickly can you respond to an editing request?
I work on a first-come, first-served basis. That said, I try to accommodate all requests. If you have a later deadline, I might work on another project before yours, as long as both can be delivered as scheduled. As you may have guessed, many variables determine turnaround time just as they do in preparing an estimate (see above question regarding estimates). If you have a rush project, so indicate on the Contact Us form. I keep my schedule somewhat flexible for emergencies.
How do you prefer to receive a project: email or mail?
The world being electronic now, there is usually not enough time to send a project through the mail. I prefer email, for the client’s sake as well as mine. I usually receive projects electronically in a Word document.
How do I get in touch and work with you?
There is a Contact Us page on our website that contains a form you can use to email me.
How do you work?
I process every project this way:
How will I receive a project when completed?
After marking corrections on paper, I proceed one of three ways:
Do you read a project a second time to make sure all corrections were made as suggested?
Yes, I do, if desired. As mentioned above, if you receive the finished project in Word with Track Changes, it’s simply a matter of accepting or rejecting each of my suggested changes and addressing the comments. But if edited copy was scanned and emailed, I can compare your corrected version to my marked-up copy to make sure nothing was missed. Reading your corrected version is billed per hour or is negotiated in the original Agreement.
How do you proofread for court reporters?
Court reporters send me a PDF of a deposition. I proofread the document and send an email to the court reporter listing any proposed changes by page number, line number, and my suggestions.