- overview of editorial services -

I offer six core services:

  • project management
  • developmental editing
  • copyediting
  • proof-editing
  • proofreading: general
  • proofreading: PhD theses and dissertations

The table below outlines some of the traditional differences between these services. However, it is only intended as an illustration. All of my services are customised to the needs of each client and project, and not all projects fit neatly into the traditional terminology around editorial work.

Know exactly what you want?

If your organisation has its own set of requirements or a standardised workflow, please get in touch to discuss your project. I’ve been a cog in many different processes with many different clients, and I’ll likely be able to synchronise with yours with no difficulty.

Don’t know where to start?

It doesn’t matter if you’re not sure what your manuscript needs or are unfamiliar with the publishing world in general. Please get in touch to discuss where your project is now, where you want to get to, and how I can help you to get there.

Focus Managing the delivery of a text-based project over multiple stages, coordinating suppliers and stakeholders, and anticipating and solving problems Checking the overall themes, organisation and content are complete and consistent, and presented in the most helpful way for the reader Checking each paragraph and sentence is clear and accurate, implementing stylistic and general consistency, and preparing the text for design or typesetting Blend of copyediting and proofreading, with the specific tasks depending on the project’s overall status and the stage in the client’s workflow Meticulously checking for small residual errors and looking for glitches in the layout Blend of copyediting and proofreading, but within industry-approved ethical guidelines about editing work that will be assessed
When? Whenever needed – project management covers multiple stages During the writing process or when the author has a complete final draft After the overall structure and content of the manuscript have been finalised After the overall structure and content of the manuscript have been finalised, and perhaps also after it has been designed or typeset (but only where the anticipated level of changes is low) After the manuscript has been checked for sense and clarity at sentence level, and has probably also been designed or typeset After the student has completed their final draft and ideally conducted their own checks to ensure the manuscript is ready for proofreading
Where? (software or environment) Wide variety according to the needs of the project Word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word), potentially with support from diagramming and/or spreadsheet software to help visualise the structure Word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word) Word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word), PDF (e.g. Adobe Acrobat) or InDesign PDF (e.g. Adobe Acrobat) or InDesign Word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word)
Suitable for All types of publication All types of publication All types of publication All types of publication, but particularly shorter ones (e.g. reports and articles) All types of publication PhD work intended for assessment
Highest complexity of change (example) Not applicable – any level of complexity is possible, depending on the specifics of the project Reordering entire chapters and sections Reordering a few paragraphs within a chapter Flexible depending on the needs of the project (but unlikely to include extensive rephrasing or any tasks traditionally carried out at developmental editing stage) Rewording the occasional sentence if it is very unclear Correcting the language as required to ensure colloquial and grammatically correct usage, raising queries where sentences are unclear
Change not usually carried out at this stage (example) Not applicable: project management involves overseeing whatever stages of a project and whatever editorial work that a client requires Checking that hyphens have been used consistently (usually carried out at copyediting stage) Checking that the layout is consistent (usually carried out at proofreading stage, when the text has been ‘laid out’ in its final form by the typesetter or designer) Heavily correcting the manuscript’s overall organisational scheme (where this level of change is needed, it is usually necessary to have separate copyediting and proofreading stages) Heavily correcting the manuscript’s overall organisational scheme (should have been done at development editing stage and checked at copyediting stage) Rewriting, restructuring or reference editing (unless explicitly authorised by the student’s supervisor or viva committee)

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