Editing

Whether you’re a writer, a scientist, an entrepreneur, or an innovator, I’ll perfect your text so that you have more time to focus on your work.

When I edit your document, my ultimate goal is to help get your ideas across to your audience. If your message is not hidden in irrelevant details, distorted by convoluted sentences, or marred by imperfect punctuation, it reaches your readers the way you intended it to do.

So, before you publish it or send it to a publisher, ensure it is flawless, accurate, clear, coherent, and concise so that it conveys your message to your audience.

Specialties

  • Business publications
  • Website content
  • Nonfiction books
  • Scientific documents* (natural sciences, engineering, and economics preferred)

* If you are enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program, I will edit or proofread your academic work (PhD thesis, dissertation, scholarly article, etc.) only if your main supervisor tells me what kind of editorial intervention is allowed.

See how I work.

My English editing service includes

  1. Correcting errors of grammar, syntax, and word usage
  2. Fixing mechanical errors (hyphenation, capitalization, punctuation, use of italic and bold font, format of endnotes and footnotes, etc.) to ensure the document conforms to publisher’s style guide or your preferred editorial style (such as Chicago, APA, or AP)
  3. Improving sentence structure by rewriting long or unclear sentences
  4. Suggesting improvements of style without altering the author’s voice (eliminating clutter, improving verb choice, varying sentence length, using the active voice, etc.)
  5. Suggesting ways to reorganize the content to improve flow and logic
  6. Querying any content inconsistency or anything else that may need your attention
  7. Ensuring the document uses the right voice and tone for its target audience, and eliminating sexist language
  8. Checking endnotes, footnotes, appendixes, and figure and table captions
  9. Explaining my major editing choices (for example, rewriting or deleting a sentence) in plain English
  10. Checking in-text citations against the reference list (optional)
  11. Checking and correcting the reference list (optional)
  12. Formatting the reference list or bibliography according to the publisher’s style guide (optional)

My English editing service does not include

  1. Adding content or performing additional research
  2. Ensuring the correctness of the content (but I’ll query any fact that I know is inaccurate or incorrect)
  3. Fixing the document’s structure
  4. Rewriting the entire document or entire sections
  5. Checking for plagiarism or ensuring the document is original
  6. Advising on the content if I have no knowledge of the subject
  7. Designing or fixing the layout of your manuscript
  8. Editing or designing tables or illustrations

The difference between light editing (copyediting) and heavy editing (substantive editing)

Includes Light Heavy
Correcting errors of grammar, syntax, word use Yes Yes
Correcting mechanical errors Yes Yes
Querying anything that may need your attention Yes Yes
Checking footnotes, appendixes, and figure and table captions Yes Yes
Explaining my major editing choices Yes Yes
Checking in-text citations against the reference list (optional) Yes Yes
Checking, correcting, and formatting the reference list (optional) Yes Yes
Improving sentence structure No Yes
Suggesting improvements of style No Yes
Suggesting ways to improve flow and logic No Yes
Ensuring the document uses the right voice and tone for its target audience No Yes

How much does editing cost?

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