How the process works
The first thing to do is to contact me to discuss your project. We can then work through the brief, ascertain exactly what you need help with and decide whether you need copyediting or proofreading.
My rates vary according to the amount of work required, which is why I always ask to see a sample of the material before providing a personalised quote. There are many different reasons a text might need more work and therefore take more time to deal with, for example, if there are lots of grammatical errors, if there are formatting issues to resolve, or if it hasn't been written by a native English speaker. I will also ask for the total number of words, how many images or diagrams there are in the material, whether there are footnotes or endnotes, etc.
When I see the sample, I will be able to assess how much of the material I could copyedit or proofread per hour. I will then give you an accurate cost per 1,000 words. This fee will usually be based on the minimum rate suggested by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, but it does depend on the project.
If you are happy with the quote, I will agree timescales with you and keep in touch at regular intervals throughout the project. I will edit or proofread the work on screen and when I have completed it, I will email the edited Word document or PDF to you, along with a style sheet.
Please note: I will complete the work to a high standard but I cannot guarantee perfection, and nor would any professional copyeditor or proofreader. Please see my terms and conditions, and also the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading's advice on this.