Services and formats
Hard copy documents
Working on your supplied hard copy pages, I annotate in red pen, identifying amendments within the text and margins. This physical copy is then returned to you to select and make adjustments to your master version.
Using electronic 'track changes', I work on supplied digital Microsoft Word files, identifying required or suggested amendments in standard digital annotation, and then emailing the newly-saved file to you to 'accept' or 'reject' changes.
Similar to the above Word/text documents, your supplied PDFs are marked-up electronically and returned, so you can edit your master version.
Websites and online content
Depending on your preference, proofreading comments are either annotated on electronic screenshot PDFs of web pages or an itemised list of amendments can be emailed to you.
Documents are (perhaps most regularly) marked-up with plain English instructions, suitable for anyone to view. Alternatively, should a reader be conversant with British Standard marks (BS 5261C:2005) – especially useful when margins on printers' hard copy book proofs offer minimal space – these mark-ups can be employed.
Guidelines / house style
If your organisation adheres to specific design or tone-of-voice guidelines (or 'house style'), I can proofread your documents in conjunction with these, if requested as part of your brief and then supplied to me.
Proofreading against existing documents
If a previously marked-up hard copy or file is supplied, I can check your new document against this to ensure amendments have been corrected (and indicate any remaining discrepancies, so you can decide if these changes are still valid).
As is often required, documents of all kinds can simply be read on their own ('cold' or 'blind'), without reference to any other version, which I mark up in any of the ways described earlier.
COPY-EDITING AND COPYWRITING
Copy-editing input may be requested, if the author feels the consistency or ease of readibility is questionable. This can be the case, for example, when a document is compiled from contributions by a number of different authors or has evolved or been added to over a period of time.
I also provide copywriting services for a number of clients, including artists and recording labels in the world of contemporary jazz who require album release PR, album sleeve notes, musician biographies, website content, etc.
Pricing and briefing
As the subjects and the scale of projects which I work on are so diverse, it is beneficial – both for you and me – to calculate my quotation on the basis of our email and/or telephone conversations, so that I can gain clear insight into your requirements. My rates are competitive, but specifying an hourly rate alone can be meaningless without grasping the detail, complexity/simplicity or specific nature of your particular job.
Especially with proofreading and copy-editing, having sight of the work (or a visual sample, along with a description of the extent of the finished article) helps to achieve a fair and accurate quotation. It is also useful to learn something of the background to the project and to be aware of the final output format (including the processes involved, if being printed). In addition, it is important to submit your documents to me at a stage when you know that they have been completely signed-off and will not undergo any further authors' changes following proofreading, to avoid the risk of unchecked errors slipping through afterwards. And finally, it is vital that timeframes and deadlines are mutually agreed and understood.
The accuracy of your content reflects its quality. So it makes absolute sense to have your hard work independently checked/enhanced, prior to publication, rather than leaving it to chance.
Please read through my T&Cs for the finer detail before placing an order.