FAQs

Do you edit novels or short stories?

No. I enjoy reading fiction but my business focus is on editing non-fiction text.

What does it cost?

See the Pricing page.

What is the difference between editing and proofreading?

Proofreading is the final check before a text is published. I check spelling, grammar, layout and formatting. Things like misnumbered pages, missing references and blurry photos will be picked up at this stage. If new text is added, or significant changes are made proofreading should be done again to ensure everything is perfect before printing or publishing online.

If you have a very polished document that you’re sure is structurally sound, proofreading is probably all you need.

Editing is far more involved than proofreading. While spelling and grammar are still checked, the bulk of the work is around ensuring the style and tone is right for the intended audience. I may suggest re-structuring a document to highlight important points. Or I may suggest adding text to expand an idea, or approach it from a different angle. Frequently, editing involves cutting words out. Where several people have collaborated to produce a single document an editor is critical to ensuring that the document is consistent and coherent as a whole.

If you have a rough draft, a collection of texts to bring together into one, or a regular newsletter that needs to be brought together and polished, you need editing.

Can you do proofreading rush jobs?

I can speed through your document and pick up 70% of the inconsistencies and charge you more for a 'rush job', or I can tell you honestly that the time needed to review your document is simply the time needed to do a good job. I choose to do a good job with every job so if there isn’t enough time to review your document completely I will tell you so. The decision about whether to go ahead or not is then yours.

What kind of writing do you do?

Here are a few examples of texts I can write for your business:

  • training standards and guides
  • job and person specifications
  • process and procedure documents
  • case studies
  • grant and tender applications
  • newsletters
  • internal and external reports.