The editorial process

1. Read the disclaimer

If you would like me to edit your work, please first read the disclaimer and pricing pages on this website. You may also wish to look at the FAQs.

If you are a student, I also strongly recommend that you check with your tutor or supervisor whether your course allows the use of professional proofreading services. Many do, but not all of them. You may need to include an acknowledgement in your submission.

2. Place your order

The next step is to place your order. At this stage I will need to know: your deadline, document length (please include all references and bibliography in your wordcount), citation style and your preferred payment method. Please use the table on my pricing page to determine the cost of editing your document.

3. Submit your document and payment

Once you have contacted me, I will provide details of how to submit your document. Payment is due when a document is submitted: you may pay through one of the Paypal links from the order page, or by direct bank transfer (I will provide bank details at this time). Documents should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Please contact me in advance if you wish to submit your work using another file type.

4. I edit your document

Assuming there have been no problems with your payment, I will begin editing your work immediately. In my standard editorial service I will check and correct the following:

  • spelling, grammar and punctuation, including serial commas, changing tenses and restrictive/non-restrictive usages
  • use of idiomatic English
  • internal consistency, including spellings of names, abbreviations, date style, capitalization and alternative word forms
  • consistent usage of English or American spelling and punctuation ('ize'/'ise' endings, single or double quotation marks, etc.)
  • figure references
  • bibliography, including stylistic consistency and completeness of information
  • consistency of front matter with the rest of the manuscript.

I will also highlight any passages that are unclear, illogical, repetitive or otherwise problematic for you to consider revising.

5. Receive your edited document

Before our agreed deadline I will send you the edited document. This will have all my edits recorded as tracked changes, so you can see what I have done (and disagree with it if you wish), along with notes for any recommended revisions. All you have to do is review the changes, hit 'print' and submit your work!

6. Looking ahead

Things needn't stop when I return your edited document to you. I will always be available to edit your future publications, such as journal articles, essays or books. If you choose me to edit any future documents, you will benefit from an editor who already knows your 'voice', style and particular topic concerns. As a concrete example support of this, for every piece of editorial work I do I produce a personal stylesheet: this is held on file and used as a reference when editing subsequent documents by the same author. In other words, not only your individual pieces of work will be internally consistent, but also your output as a whole.