Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

A copy-editor is someone who edits “copy,” which means a piece of writing in either written or typed format. Copy-editing involves identifying errors in the author’s submission – which can range from spelling and grammatical errors, to factual errors and inconsistencies in style and presentation – and correcting them. Copy-editing often involves close collaboration with the author to ensure that any major changes that are necessitated are approved by the author on an ongoing basis.

A proofreader corrects a proof of the book or article, which has already been copy-edited and then compiled by the typesetter. The proofreader checks that the copy-editor hasn’t missed or made any errors when checking the manuscript, and also that the typesetter hasn’t slipped up while compiling the proof.

A transcriber’s role is to type up the exact content of an audio recording, most often interviews or speeches.

1. You send an e-mail which gives an outline of your requirements and attach an extract of your project.

2. I send you a quote for the potential project and a timescale. This may also include a small sample edit (approx. 400 words) if requested/applicable.

3. An agreement is reached concerning the fee and timescale and you receive an invoice and payment details.

4. An upfront payment of half the fee might be requested depending on the circumstances.

5. The project is cleared and I go to work.

6. When the project is completed, I send you the file and you check it over to confirm your satisfaction.

7. You send the agreed payment and I continue to be available for further queries.

Files should be submitted to and use the following format for file submission: filename_initial_surname.doc

Please provide the following information in your e-mail:

Full Name; full address; topic of document; word count; desired completion date; and any specific instructions.

I work with clients outside the UK, particularly those who wish to publish in English language journals. Payment by clients outside the UK is made via PayPal.


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