The Clarity Editor


Here are answers to some common questions. (Updated 28 March 2023)

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How do I know if you are professional? Am I in safe hands?

I am bound by the CIEP Code of Practice.

As a member of the UK Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), I’m bound by its Code of Practice, which ensures its members act professionally and abide by certain industry standards.

For example, I will

  • give a true and fair representation of my qualifications, experience and skills (3.1.4)
  • not accept any job that I believe I cannot carry out to an acceptable standard (3.1.5)
  • work with you to clearly define the terms of the work at the outset and agree on it in writing (e.g., in an email) (3.2.3)
  • make the best use of my time for a job and make an effort to complete it to the required standard and schedule (3.1.6)
  • keep you informed of my progress and respond to your emails in a timely manner (3.1.10, 3.1.11)
  • take all reasonable precautions to ensure that the files you entrust to me are safe (3.1.9)
  • respect confidentiality at all times (3.4)

Here’s my usual process.

1. You contact me with your requirements.

Please tell me:

  • Type of document (such as journal article, research report, web article) and topic
  • Approximate word count (not the number of pages)
  • Type of work (line editing/copyediting/proofreading/presentation)
  • Style, if any (Chicago, United Nations, EU, house style, other)
  • Deadline for me
  • How many rounds of editing (usually one or two)
  • Other details

Please send me your draft so I can give you an accurate estimate. If it’s very long, send a section that will give me a good idea about the state of your document. (Don’t worry, no judgments!)

You can also request a sample edit. If you decide to hire me, the time I spent on the sample edit will be added to the cost of the whole project.

We’ll agree on the timeline, rate, payment schedule, number of editing rounds (either one or two), and other details. For larger projects, you may need to make a deposit (up to 50% of the quote).

You review my suggestions and answer any queries.

If we agreed on a single round, you will get all my suggested edits and comments at this stage.

If we agreed on two rounds, you’ll get a revision that incorporates your answers to my queries.

In both cases, I’ll give detailed feedback and offer options to help you finalize your document. The final decision on any point is always yours.

Please see below for payment options.

Testimonials are really important for me as an independent editor. Your taking the time to submit a testimonial is very appreciated!

My clients said that I exceeded their expectations. Many have come back as repeat clients.

  • My base rate is EUR45 per hour.
  • For a rate per 1,000 words, please send me your draft.
  • The minimum charge for a project is EUR45.
  • Reviewing and fixing references is charged by the hour.

My speed depends on your document and what you want me to do. So the quotation and final price will depend on your project.

My rate aligns with industry standards suggested by the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and the Chartered Institute for Editing and Proofreading (UK).

You can pay in USD, EUR, JPY, and SGD via bank transfer. (Please ask about THB payments.)

I recommend you use Wise (formerly Transferwise)—it’s often the cheapest transfer option (if you sign up via this link, you’ll get a free transfer).

It depends on what stage your work is at. Here’s a guide—but if you’re still not sure, you’re welcome to ask 🙂

StatusYou want…Recommended services
You finished writing your manuscript and cleaned it up the best you can.

You’ve completed:

  • all tables & figures (titled & labeled)
  • all references/bibliography (correctly formatted)
Preferably, you’ve asked a colleague or friend to read the manuscript, and you’ve addressed any feedback from them.

Text can still be freely edited.

You want the manuscript checked for
  • flow, clarity of argument (paragraph & sentence levels)
  • syntax, grammar, spelling
  • completeness & clarity of figures
  • completeness of references/bibliography
Plus a surface clean-up to apply styles consistently (see next row)
Line editing
(“structural” copyediting)

File format: Word* (working document)

Everything above, plus your supervisor or colleague has reviewed the text for content and clarity. You may have had an editor help you.

The manuscript needs to have a style consistently applied so it can submitted, sent to design, posted on the web, etc.

Light edits can still be made.

You want the styles applied consistently to
  • text, headings & titles
  • figures
  • references (spot-check only)**
(“technical” copyediting)

File format: Word* (working document)

You have a designed/laid-out document (proofs), ready to print.

Only glaring errors can be changed.

You want the proofs checked for any glaring errors and typos, and seen that everything appears as it should.Proofreading

File formats: PDF, sometimes Word (“proofs”)

* “Word” could mean any working document where the text is movable/editable.
** Checking and cleaning up references is a big, time-consuming task. Make sure to agree with your editor whether they will take it on as part of the job. If it is, realize that the cost is going to be significantly higher.

Read more: What do you need? Copyediting vs. proofreading to understand the differences between those two services. The CIEP also has a very helpful free guide you can download.

Type of workFile formats
Copyediting & line editingWord with tracked changes or Google Docs (no LaTex)
ProofreadingWord, Google Docs, or PDF
Website textWord with tracked changes or Google Docs; RTF or plain text if you prefer.
Working directly in WordPress post/page is also an option.

Other questions?

Please contact me with other questions.