Got questions? Hopefully these will respond to any general queries you may have.
I’m an independent author. Can you help me?
Absolutely! I don’t work on trade fiction, but I am always happy to help authors publishing their own non-fiction creative writing and other content for different purposes. For more information and a no-obligation quote, do contact me.
I’m an author and need a development edit. Can you do this for me?
I can help with development editing or manuscript critique for non-fiction titles. I can’t help you find an agent, but I can read your manuscript and advise on issues such as structure, content and the finer points of editing, as well as what you’ll need to do to get your title through production. I also do structural (substantive) editing. For more information, do contact me.
I’m an academic. Can you help me prepare my paper to submit to a journal, or my book manuscript to a publisher?
Yes. For this I would need to see a draft of your piece, also an idea of what needs doing to the text. Please include the following notes:
- any assistance you might need with language and grammar – e.g. if you have English as a Second Language
- your required referencing style (e.g. Harvard, Chicago, APA, etc.), and any appropriate styling notes or preferences
- any other needs – e.g. checking tables, figures, references, publication language (British or American English).
I’m a student. Can you help me with my essays or dissertation?
Due to demands of my schedule, I don’t take on coursework leading to an academic qualification. To find a proofreader in your subject, do try the SfEP Directory, as there are editors who do take on this kind of work and will be happy to help you.
I’m a publisher. How do you do project management?
I generally prefer it that typesetting and print buying are arranged by Production in-house. Wherever possible I also prefer to use your freelancers. Many publishers have an established roster of freelancers who are already under contract, so it’s far easier to use someone that you have recruited and tested. I can manage them, confident in the knowledge that you’ve approved all the people working on your project.
How do you edit?
I usually work in Word with Track Changes switched on: this way you can be completely reassured of seeing everything that has been done to the text during the process, and have the opportunity to comment on and review the edit. Editing can involve just one or a number of passes of the text, depending on the brief and degree of work necessary. I can mark queries by using the comments facility in Word, or provide them on a separate sheet if requested.
(If you are a publisher and use a bespoke Word template, just send me your user guide and I’ll be happy to apply it.)
After the first stage edit I usually send you any queries and ask you to respond, returning your comments to be incorporated into the final files. Or, if you choose, you can of course decide to work with the queries and take the text forward without sending the file back.
How do you proofread?
I can work in one of three ways: on hardcopy, your own bespoke proofreading system, or PDF. If working on PDF, I can use the tools in Acrobat to mark up corrections, or apply BSI stamps, according to your needs.
Do you work with clients outside the UK?
Absolutely. I keep in close contact usually via email, and can exchange large files via safe, online facilities such as Dropbox or WeTransfer. If an organisation, I can use your own online file transfer system, if you have one.
What are your fees?
Each project stands on its own and every client has their own individual needs, so I price by project and the kind of work that is involved. To discuss your project and get a free, no-obligation quote, do contact me.
How do you accept payment?
I invoice company clients on a 30 days’ net basis, and am happy to receive settlement usually via BACS. For private clients I usually accept advance part or full payment via bank transfer, TransferWise or PayPal.