Some projects require a little grammatical help, a few word choice suggestions and some fact-checking; others are in a messy, early-draft phase or need a complete overhaul. After getting a clear idea of what you are looking for, we will provide a realistic quote and set a definitive deadline. We use Word’s Track Changes and Comment features or Google Docs’ Suggestions and Comment features.
What’s the difference between editing, copyediting and proofreading? Here’s a rough guideline:
Developmental editing—or comprehensive editing—will include comments on a manuscript’s organization and structure, its content, narrative flow and voice, as well as suggested line edits and grammatical fixes.
Copyediting is for more polished manuscripts that have already gone through revision. This service also includes line edits, grammatical fixes, and some suggestions to improve the narrative flow, but does not address overall structural issues.
Proofreading is the finishing touch on a completed manuscript. We will correct typos, grammatical errors and any inconsistencies in formatting.
Our editors have experience with general nonfiction and literary manuscripts, technical and scientific texts, academic writing (including dissertations), grants and proposals, web content, magazine articles, correspondence, CVs/resumes, educational materials and just about everything in between.
Below are samples of what a copyedited document using Google Docs looks like.