SERVICE TYPES

- details of my editorial services -

I offer six core services:

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

Below you’ll find 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.

Project management

  • Focus: Managing the delivery of a text-based project over multiple stages, coordinating suppliers and stakeholders, and anticipating and solving problems
  • When: Whenever needed – project management covers multiple stages
  • Where (software or environment): Wide variety according to the needs of the project
  • Suitable for: All types of publication
  • Example of most complex change: Not applicable – any level of complexity is possible, depending on the specifics of the project
  • Example of a change not usually carried out at this stage: Not applicable – project management involves overseeing whatever stages of a project and whatever editorial work that a client requires

Developmental editing

  • Focus: Ensuring the overall themes, organisation and content are complete and consistent, and presented in the most helpful way for the reader
  • When: The type of developmental editing I offer starts when the author has a reasonably complete full draft (even if this is quite messy!) – please also note that I can’t advise on a book’s commercial viability
  • Where (software or environment): Microsoft Word, potentially with support from diagramming and/or spreadsheet software to help visualise the structure
  • Suitable for: All types of publication
  • Example of most complex change: Reordering entire chapters and sections, or asking the author to write new content
  • Example of a change not usually carried out at this stage: Checking that hyphens have been used consistently (usually carried out at copyediting stage)

Copyediting

  • Focus: Checking each paragraph and sentence is clear and accurate, implementing stylistic and general consistency, and preparing the text for design or typesetting
  • When: After the overall structure and content of the manuscript have been finalised
  • Where (software or environment): Microsoft Word
  • Suitable for: All types of publication
  • Example of most complex change: Reordering paragraphs within a chapter
  • Example of a change not usually carried out at this 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)

Proof-editing

  • Focus: Blend of copyediting and proofreading, with the specific tasks depending on the project’s overall status and the stage in the client’s workflow
  • When: 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)
  • Where (software or environment): Microsoft Word, PDF or InDesign
  • Suitable for: All types of publication, but particularly shorter ones (e.g. reports and articles)
  • Example of most complex change: Flexible depending on the needs of the project (but unlikely to include extensive rephrasing or any tasks traditionally carried out at developmental editing stage)
  • Example of a change not usually carried out at this stage: Heavily correcting the manuscript’s overall organisational scheme (where this level of change is needed, it is usually necessary to have separate developmental and proof-editing stages)

Proofreading: general

  • Focus: Meticulously checking for small residual errors and looking for glitches in the layout
  • When: After the manuscript has been checked for sense and clarity at sentence level, and has probably also been designed or typeset
  • Where (software or environment): PDF or InDesign
  • Suitable for: All types of publication
  • Example of most complex change: Rewording the occasional sentence if it is very unclear
  • Example of a change not usually carried out at this stage: Heavily correcting the manuscript’s overall organisational scheme (should have been done at development editing stage and checked at copyediting stage)

Proofreading: PhD theses

  • Focus: Blend of copyediting and proofreading, but within industry-approved ethical guidelines about editing work that will be assessed, to ensure that the final text remains the student’s own work (a higher level of editing may be possible if it is specifically requested or approved by the student’s viva committee)
  • When: 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): Microsoft Word
  • Suitable for: PhD theses and dissertations
  • Example of most complex change: Correcting the language as required to ensure colloquial and grammatically correct usage, raising queries where sentences are unclear
  • Example of a change not usually carried out at this stage: Rewriting, restructuring or reference editing

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