YOU NEED: your manuscript (1) unified in style / cleaned up for design or submission (copyedited) and/or (2) checked for flow, consistency, appropriate syntax and grammar (line edited).
YOU GET: a clearer and convincing manuscript with (1) good grammar, appropriate syntax and punctuation, and consistent style; and (2) compelling flow and structure, and logic.
Read this first if you’re not sure whether you need copyediting or proofreading.
All writers can benefit from having a sympathetic copyeditor review your work before you submit or publish your manuscript.
You might need just a technical “surface” clean-up (copyedit) or something that goes a bit deeper (line editing). I can help you with either.
Don’t worry though if you’re not completely sure which you need. We can discuss 🙂
FILE TYPES: Word (preferred, with tracked changes), Google Docs
☑ Copyediting: “Technical” surface clean-up
Copyediting is mostly about cleaning up the text so it’s ready for the designer to prepare the layout. (CIEP calls this a “technical” level of copyediting.)
Even if your document isn’t going to a designer, you can think of copyediting as the final clean-up. It’s making sure the styles and formatting are applied consistently and fine-tuning the sentences.
I’ll check your document for
- Style and consistency
- Grammar, spelling, and syntax at the sentence level
☑ Line editing: A deeper review
Again, here is some help if you’re not sure whether you need copyediting or proofreading. Also, find out more about my approach to copyediting.
Line editing goes a bit deeper than surface corrections. I help you make sure your messages are clear and the paragraphs flow logically and are convincing. (CIEP calls this a “structural” level of copyediting.)
Some questions I might ask include
- Does the overall logic flow? Is it structured well?
- Is each argument clear and supported by evidence?
- Are there any ambiguous or unclear sentences?
- Are all figures complete and clearly understandable?
- Are the references complete?*
I can also help make sure the styles are applied consistently.
Especially if you are a multi-language author who wants to make sure the message of your writing is not “lost in translation”: I’m here to help.
*A note on references
I will spot-check references for completeness. However, if you want me to thoroughly review and format all references, we need to agree to it before you hire me. Kindly note I charge checking of references by the hour.
Examples of past work
|Online academic articles||...Articles on VoxEU.org, the policy portal of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (regular & ongoing)|
|Scholarly papers, reports, ebooks||...Richard Baldwin, Jeison Cárdenas and Cristina Fernández (2021), Telemigration and Digitally Enabled Service Exports: Opportunities for Colombia, Thinking Ahead on Societal Change Platform, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva|
...Ana Fernandes, Nadia Rocha, Michele Ruta (2021), The Economics of Deep Trade Agreements, Centre for Economic Policy Research and World Bank
... Richard Baldwin and Simon Evenett (2020), COVID-19 and Trade Policy, Centre for Economic Policy Research (selected chapters)
...Three reports to the Singaporean government on nuclear governance
|Academic abstracts||..."Analysis of China's 21st Century Silk Road Policy"|
..."Local Elections after Decentralization in Thailand: Lessons Learned"
..."Fascist Italy’s Cultural Policy for Theater: Through the Lens of Takarazuka Shojo Kagekidan’s First European Tour (1938)"
|Project-related documents||...Concept notes, project documents, project completion reports|
...Project evaluation reports
...Letters to donors and agreements
|Website copy||...Web articles for UNITAR Division for Prosperity|
...English website text for a Japanese clinic
...Overall text for renewed BAMBI website
...Articles for Families in Global Transition blog, such as
|Training materials||...EdApp microlesson content for UNITAR|
|Business materials||...Pitch deck slides for biotech firm, investment firm|
...Print ad & promotional video text for a Japanese clinic
...Meeting 'scripts' for project manager in the private sector
...Internal presentation on business-expansion plan for a major private hospital in Bangkok
...CVs & coverletters