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How do I work with you? What’s the workflow?

We can customize the workflow as needed, but here’s the usual process:

  1. You contact me with your requirements with details such as:
  2. If you wish to have a no-risk sample edit, you can email the document to me and I will send back the sample. If you decide to hire me, the time I spent on the sample edit will be added to the cost of the whole project.
  3. I provide a quotation. We can then discuss whether we are a good match.
  4. We agree on clear terms (e.g., the timeline of deliverables, payment schedule) and you send me the document(s) if you haven’t already.
  5. For larger projects, I ask that you make an upfront deposit (up to 50% of the quote).
  6. I submit a draft for review.
  7. You check the draft and provide feedback.
  8. I finalize the document and return it to you.
  9. You make the final payment (give me private feedback and submit a testimonial too please!). Project complete 🙂

What is your rate? How much will this cost?

I offer an affordable rate for excellent value. My clients have told me that I exceeded their expectations and most have come back for more.

My usual practice is to quote a per-hour rate in the range of EUR25-30. I’m happy to provide per 1,000 words if you prefer.

The quotation and final price will depend on the requirements of the individual project. Please contact me for a commitment-free sample edit and consultation.

My rate is informed by suggested rates published by the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (UK).

How do I make payment?

I accept payment in USD and EUR via bank transfer/Transferwise (if you sign up via this link, you’ll get a free transfer to try it out). We can also discuss alternative arrangements (e.g., PayPal).

How do I know which editing service I should request?

It depends on what stage your work is at. Here’s a table to serve as a rough guide.

StatusIt needs…File typesBest service
☐ Text, tables & figures, and all other parts of document is finalized
☐ Grammar, spelling, etc. has been checked & corrected
☐ A supervisor / colleague / editor has constructively reviewed your work & you’ve addressed all concerns
☐ Structure & formatting are complete
Final check for any typos, consistency, errors in typePDF, WordProofreading
☐ Draft is as complete as you can make it, including tables & figures
☐ Grammar, syntax, spelling, style, etc., have been carefully checked & polished
☐ References / bibliography are complete & in the correct format
☐ Someone (colleague, friend, etc.) has read it & given you feedback
☐ You’ve addressed the feedback
A ‘surface’ clean-up:
Check for correct grammar, syntax, punctuation, consistency, application of style, completeness of document (no missing components). Spot-check references / bibliography.
Word, etc.Level 1 Simple copyediting
☐ Content of draft is complete; you’ve put in all the points you want
☐ Tables & figures are created & in place
☐ References / bibliography are complete & in the correct format
☐ Someone (colleague, friend, etc.) has read it & given you feedback
☐ You’ve addressed the feedback
A deeper review:
Check for compelling overall structure, logic, clarity of argument, sufficiency of evidence & citations.

Plus the ‘surface’ clean-up:
Check for correct grammar, syntax, punctuation, consistency, application of style, completeness of document (no missing components). Spot-check of references / bibliography.
Word, etc.Level 2 Intensive copyediting

If you’re a non-native English speaker (‘English as a Foreign Language’ or EFL writer), you may want to opt for Level 2 intensive copyediting, to make sure that you are also following the logical structure required by English writing.

Read more: What do you need? Copyediting vs. proofreading to understand the differences between those two services.

What file formats do you work with?

  • For copyediting/proofreading, I usually work in Word with tracked changes, PDF, or Google Docs. (If you work in Pages, let’s discuss.) Currently, I do not work in LaTeX.
  • For presentations, it will be PowerPoint (other formats to be discussed).
  • For personal academic website text, I suggest using Word with tracked changes or a Google Doc. If the situation calls for it, RTF or plain text is possible. I can also directly work on a WordPress post/page if you prefer.

Other questions?

Feel free to contact me with other questions.