What kind of texts do you edit?
I have experience in editing academic articles, theses, textbooks, teaching materials, business reports, blog posts and both fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. If you’re not sure what kind of help you need, drop me an email and we can talk about it together.
Which style guide do you use?
This depends on the type of document or manuscript I’m editing. For most manuscripts, I use New Hart’s Rules and Oxford dictionaries, or the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam Webster. For academic papers, I use whichever style guide your institution and department prefers (referencing systems I am familiar with include APA, Harvard, MHRL, MLA). For journalism, I use style guides from the Guardian, BBC News, or the Associated Press, depending on where you are based. I can work to specific house style guides when required, or, if you don't yet have one, I can help you develop a personalised style guide that suits your needs.
How do you edit?
I use track changes in Word, or PDF markup. The comment functions in both applications enable me to clarify why changes are needed. I am also able to use the BSI symbols to correct hard copies, but I prefer to work electronically as it's easier for you to view and incorporate changes at the same time.
How do you write content for someone else's business?
We start with a free video call to discuss your individual needs and how I can help you. I then research competitors in your field and gather further information about your products and services and your target markets. I use this information to draft copy, which is then developed further with your feedback. I don't charge extra for minor revisions.
What do you charge?
For manuscripts over 15,000 words, I offer a free 1000 word sample edit. This is so that you can see my work and we can discuss the level of editing required.
The work each project requires can vary greatly, so it's better to get a personalised quote based on the work you want done. If you’re not sure what type of service you require, don’t be scared to send me an email and I can help clarify the types of services you might need. I offer fixed rates for projects once I’ve seen sample pages.