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My Approach

When approaching a project, I conduct a thorough and systematic check on all aspects of the manuscript. The tables below list the primary checks and formatting I conduct during the copy-editing and proofreading processes.

Copy-editing services

  • Spelling and punctuation check
  • Grammar check
  • Chapter and paragraph formatting
  • Dialogue formatting
  • Checking for consistency – e.g. British English or American spellings
  • Table of contents and headings (when required)
  • Research/fact checking (when required)
  • Reference and citation formatting

Proofreading services

  • Spelling and punctuation check
  • Typographical errors check
  • Caption check
  • Heading and page number check
  • Checking for consistency – e.g. British English or American spellings

Editing Standards

I am familiar with a wide range of industry standard editing and formatting styles and can also implement particular in-house styles requested by the client. Below are some of the most common industry guidelines used by publishers and institutions for citations, punctuations, and abbreviations.

Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) guide has been designed to apply to basic fiction and non-fiction, including: novels, children’s books, poetry, short stories, etc. CMS offers specific treatment of abbreviations, punctuations, and capitalization. Manuscripts that use CMS are general geared towards the general public, and not academic audiences.

The Harvard Style is a method used for citing and referencing information. It dictates the use of short in-text citations using the format author-date, eg.(Gusano et al., 2007). It is particularly used in the sciences.

American Psychological Association (APA) style is usually geared towards research papers submitted from the social and behavioral sciences. This style includes specific treatments for the four major sections of a paper – title page, abstract, main body, and references – as well as for font, formatting, spacing, citations, etc.

The Modern Language Association (MLA) style guide is generally used for manuscripts, primarily research papers, dealing with the arts and humanities, and particularly those pertaining to language and literature. This style includes citations concisely embedded within the text.

Further Resources

Here are further useful resources on style guidelines and editing in general:

Harvard Style guide compiled by the University College of Dublin:

Reference guideline from the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):

Reference and citation guide for the American Psychological Association (APA):

Brief Modern Language Association (MLA) style guide from the University of Washington:

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