Proofreading is about removing errors, the barriers that make your readers pause instead of travelling smoothly through your document. It makes sure that all the grammar and vocabulary fits the purpose and style you are aiming for, as well as putting every full stop, semi-colon and quotation mark in the right place. For academic work, it also means checking that your citations and references follow your set style.
Guide: €20/£17/$23 per 1000 words
Copy Editing is about improving the expression and flow of your document. As well as fixing any mistakes, it involves rewording sentences and reshaping paragraphs so that your message comes across more effectively. It might include following the correct spelling and punctuation conventions for different varieties of English, such as British, American or Australian. It is a vital step in getting your text ready for typesetting before publication.
Guide: €30/£25/$34 per 1000 words
Formatting requirements from colleges, universities or publications are not what you were thinking about when you sat down to write, are they? I can work to your style guide to get everything in place or use standard formatting conventions for paragraph and heading styles, page numbers, sections and headers and footers. Knowing that these will be taken care of lets you concentrate on the content.
Guide: €5.50/£4.60/$6.25 per1000 words
I can work with your documents in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Publisher, plus OpenOffice, GoogleDocs and PDF. If we’re going old school, a printed copy for manual correction is great.
With Word, I will return two versions of your original document: Clean Copy and Track Changes.
The Clean Copy includes all changes made and any comments for you to review.
Track Changes shows all the edits, allowing you to accept or reject them and save your own clean copy.
We can agree beforehand if you want any basic elements excluded from this so that you’re not checking through lots of things that don’t require your approval.
With the other Microsoft and OpenOffice formats, I will simply send a Clean Copy with changes and comments.
You will have to compare these manually as they don’t allow a Track Changes feature.
For PDFs and hard copies, the suggested changes are marked up for you to go through and make changes on your original.