Working in line with Guidelines for editing research theses (IPeD), I check for readability, as well as clarity, consistency and correctness, according to the guidelines set out in Australian standards for editing practice, the Guidelines for editing research theses and the Style Manual.
Reference checking (additional service): APA 6, APA 7 & Harvard (others upon request)
Note: it is expected that your supervisor has already provided you with editorial advice on content, substance and structure, interpretation of research and data, illustrations and tables, page formatting as well as use of appropriate language and tone. At this time I am only working with students who attend Australian institutions.
I understand that editing is a scary process - the fear that someone could critique (and perhaps criticise) our work is a primal feeling. It’s for this reason that I pride myself on being not only thorough and constructive, but kind. It is my job to ensure that I can get the best out of you as a writer, in the best interests of your readers.
As a writer myself, I understand that it’s often hard to get out of your own way and see the technical and structural issues in our writing, especially if we have been living and breathing our projects for awhile. I know that whenever my own work has been edited, I have been incredibly grateful for a clear, non-biased perspective. I hope to give you the same experience.
An examination of your manuscript to evaluate its structure and content. Feedback and advice is given regarding the book’s strengths and points of improvement, including relevance and repetition, plot plausibility (and holes) as well as consistency of tone and voice. I will look at chapter order, and positioning of content, and for fiction/creative nonfiction: narrative structure, plot, story arc and pace.
This will be presented in a comprehensive report (5000-10,000 words as required), which will assist you in future rewrites and changes.
If you’re feeling a bit lost in regards to rewrites, or how to apply the changes, then I will work with you closely to ensure that your book is in great shape. We will start with a consultation in regards to your goals for the book, your literary influences, and to clarify any issues that may have come up in the structural report. I will then complete an in-depth edit that will assist with rewrites, focusing on:
- Pace, readability and flow
- Consistency of narrator voice and tense
- Authentic character development (including motivations, relationships and interaction)
- Tightening dialogue and exploring relevant formatting options
- World-building - ensuring that scenes are consistent, credible and descriptive
- Rethinking cliched or unnecessary language, ensuring consistency of tone, and writing style
- Flagging any content that may require fact checking or additional clarity.
This process involves a structural report, copy-editing and two passes on the work. Further passes can be discussed later, if required.
Copy-editing is the often the last stage of editing before publication, and generally addresses overall readability and consistency of your work. Here, I check:
- Formatting - Flagging issues with spelling and grammatical errors, punctuation and syntax and how they sit within the body of the work
- Flow - Streamlining and tightening phrasing, cutting superflous sentences and repetition, checking for for cliches and unnecessary words that may block the flow of the work, making it easier to read and understand
- Consistency and continuity - This is probably the longest part of the process - combing through the work and checking to ensure that descriptions are aligned (i.e. blue eyes in chapter one and brown eyes in chapter ten), spelling of particular words and terms is consistent (particular with UK/US spelling). Believe it or not, both spellcheck and Grammarly are fallible in this department. This part requires exceptional attention to detail, slow reading, and detail cataloguing, but you'll be grateful when it's done
- Fact checking - The quickest way to lose trust in a reader (aside from a typo), is a factual innaccuracy- and it will be the first reaction to make it into your reviews. It’s still important that you as a writer, do your own research, but if anything seems unlikely or ‘off’ - I will double check it for you. This is particularly important in world-building/scene work where the cultural details (or even sunrise/sunset locations) are of high importance. The same applies for dates and events
- Potential liability - Whilst I cannot offer you legal advice, I will flag any potential issues with libel or sensitivity, and recommend changes or a course of action to rectify it.
One pass of the work is included. Further passes of the work can be discussed if required.
Proofreading involves checking for spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax and typos, which I will alter for you (you will have the opportunity to review these). One pass is included, however I will report on any errors that are immediately apparent. If there are a considerable amount of these, I will suggest a copy-edit for a negotiable fee.
I work with smaller projects upon request including (but not limited to) poetry, short story and website copy. Copy-writing upon request.
HOW IT WORKS
Academic and Copy-editing: It's important that you are comfortable with my editing style, and so I offer a free no-obligation sample edit, so you can decide whether I am the right fit for your project. Sample lengths vary per project, but I am happy to discuss/negotiate this with you.
Developmental/Structural editing: We will have an in-depth discussion about your project via email, before we proceed. A comprehensive read of the entire manuscript is required to complete a structural report, so I don't offer samples for this service, however should you require structural-editing after the report, I'm happy to offer you a tailored price should you wish to proceed.
- All edits are in accordance with the guidelines set out in Australian standards for editing practice and the Style Manual. For international writers, I will consult the style guide relevant to your region.
- Microsoft Word format is required (full version). This is so our edits can be streamlined and makes it easier to accept/reject relevant changes.
- All fees are in line with the Institute of Professional Editors guidelines for self-employed editors. Tailored projects and payment plans are available. If you wish to proceed, I will ask for a 50% deposit, with the remainder due upon completion.
- Turnaround times depend on schedule. If you have a particular timeframe, please let me know.