How I Work

Editing projects

Each project is unique, so we’ll decide together the best approach for yours. However, typically, an editing project goes through these steps:

  1. You send me an electronic copy of your document and tell me your requirements (level of editorial intervention, style guide, dictionary, and so on) and when you want the edited document back.
  2. We decide if your document needs light or heavy editing, and agree on the price and delivery date. If you are a new client, you pay my entire fee or part of it in advance (see Terms of Service – Payment).
  3. I edit your document using a mark-revisions feature (“track changes” in Microsoft Word, for example) and insert comments to explain my major editing choices and ask questions. I complete the first editing pass and send you the document for review.
  4. You review my work, accept or reject my proposed changes, answer my questions, add comments or questions, and return the document to me.
  5. I complete the second editing pass and answer your questions. I send you two copies of your document: a clean copy with all changes applied and a copy with mark-ups for your reference.
  6. You receive my invoice for the remaining amount, if any, and complete the payment within 10 days (see Terms of Service – Payment).

Proofreading projects

Proofreading is straightforward, as it involves no rewriting or major changes, but I may still need to ask questions or add comments. Your questions are welcome at any stage of the project. In general, a proofreading project goes through these steps:

  1. You send me an electronic copy of your document and tell me when you want the proofread document back.
  2. We agree on the price and delivery date. If you are a new client, you pay my entire fee or part of it in advance (see Terms of Service – Payment).
  3. I proofread your document using a mark-revisions feature (“track changes” in Microsoft Word, for example) and insert comments or questions if needed.
  4. You review my work, accept or reject my proposed changes, answer my questions, add comments or questions, and return the document to me.
  5. I answer your questions and then send you two copies of your document: a clean copy with all changes applied and a copy with mark-ups for your reference.
  6. You receive my invoice for the remaining amount, if any, and complete the payment within 10 days (see Terms of Service – Payment).

All projects

During our project, we’ll communicate via e-mail. I’ll send you regular updates and, for longer projects, I’ll place all project documents in a shared Dropbox or Google Drive folder so that you can check my progress in real time.

Please be available to answer my questions, or delegate a person I can contact if any questions arise during editing or proofreading.

Frequently asked questions

Wondering if I’m the right fit for your project?

Of course you are! That’s why I’ll offer you a free editing or proofreading sample if I’m available to work on your project. Please note that I’ll choose a representative sample from your document, so send me an electronic copy of the whole manuscript. You’ll then review my work and decide whether I’m the language professional you’re looking for.

Contact me for a free editing or proofreading sample.

Who will review your document

Unlike some providers of editing and proofreading services, I never subcontract. When you hire me, you can be certain that I’ll be the only person who will edit your document.
Terms of service

Note: I provide only electronic, or on-screen, English editing and proofreading of nonfiction documents. If you have a paper manuscript, please get in touch so we can discuss your options.