WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
CONTACT Sally Asnicar using the Enquiry/Quote Request.
SPECIFY your requirements, including type and size of document, deadline (if any), budget (if any). Prices are based on the value of the work to be completed, not hourly rates.
You may be requested to provide the document or an excerpt of the document for pricing purposes. As you can appreciate, every piece of writing requires different levels of editing and in order to provide you with a fixed price, it is necessary to see the work to ascertain how much editing and what type of editing is needed. Also, different formats – PDFs, for example – can take longer to mark up than Word documents. If the document is a manuscript, Sally will also do a short sample edit, so that you can determine whether her editing style is what you're looking for, as apart from the universal rules of grammar and spelling, all editors bring a level of subjectivity to their editing suggestions.
WHAT WE WILL DO
Sally will provide you with a price, a start date, and a date of completion. The terms of the project will be laid out clearly in the terms of agreement, and you will need to sign and return this before commencement. You may be invoiced 50% upfront, with balance on completion. Note that new clients may be asked to pay in full beforehand.
If the job is lengthy (e.g., a manuscript), Sally will liaise with you regularly (usually weekly) to keep you informed of her progress with your project. For longer projects, progress payments are usually invoiced before each stage (e.g., every few chapters).
LEVELS OF EDITING
A common mistake writers make is to give their work to family members, friends or colleagues to proofread. Unless this person is a qualified proofreader and/or editor, they will miss small errors that a proofreader will pick up. As they know you, they may also find it hard to be completely objective and honest when reading and assessing your work.
Another misconception is that proofreaders will perfect any structural issues with your work and improve your writing. This is not proofreading, it is editing. Editing covers a broad range of skills. More often than not, a manuscript—particularly by a new writer—requires more than proofreading; it may require a structural or developmental edit before copyediting and then, finally, proofreading.
- Manuscript assessment: If you have just completed a manuscript and are unsure what level of editing it needs, Sally is able to cast a critical eye over your work and write up a report outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the work, areas for further development and so forth. This is usually more economical than hiring an editor prematurely to carry out the editing levels listed below.
- Structural/developmental editing: Sometimes also called ‘substantive’ editing. Check the layout, content, language (including the correct version of English is used throughout), formatting, style and presentation of your work is acceptable. Keeping the readership in mind, this sometimes involves rewriting and often requires considerable consultation with the writer.
- Copyediting: Check “accuracy, clarity and consistency.” (Institute of Professional Editors Limited). A piece of work may be edited two or three times before it is ready for a final proofread and submission/publication.
- Proofreading: This is a final check of a document or manuscript that is ready to be published or submitted. It includes making sure that all elements of the document are included and in the proper order, all amendments have been inserted, the house or other set style has been followed, and all spelling or punctuation errors have been deleted.
Structural editing, copy editing and proofreading are all important elements of producing a piece of work that is suitable for publication (although it does not GUARANTEE acceptance by a publisher or agent).