My services

Getting started
I’ll talk with you over e-mail, by phone, or in person to discuss the details of your request–the length of the document, what elements of it you want to have edited, and your time frame, deadline, budget, and so forth. I can edit a sample of your writing to give you a preview of my work; this also helps me give you an accurate estimate of how long it will take to edit the whole document.

According to your preferences, I can review your work at any level: from a light proofread to pick up errors, to a thorough copyedit to ensure clarity, consistency, and completeness, to a substantive developmental edit to improve the logic and structure of your argument. In addition, I can edit the language to make sure that it’s standard and grammatical, or I can apply a publisher’s style guidelines. I can edit only certain pieces of the document–say, the abstract, introduction, and conclusion–or all of it.

When we’ve agreed on the scope of the job and the document is ready for editing, you’ll e-mail me a draft in Microsoft Word.  (I can also mark up PDFs or clean up Excel files. If you have another file type, let’s discuss the possibilities.)

What I provide
I will send back your Word file marked up with tracked changes and comments (unless you prefer not to have either). When returning the edited document, I often include a memo summarizing the types of changes I’ve suggested and any areas that I think need further work; I may also attach an additional file proposing a restructuring of the text or an intensive reformatting of a graphic element such as a table.

You’re always welcome to contact me with questions about my editing and to send me revised drafts for another look.

Payment
When the project is complete–or, if it’s a long-term project, at certain points during its progress–I will send an invoice for payment.  I accept payment by personal or institutional check or via PayPal (with the associated fees included in the total).

Please contact me to discuss my hourly rate.  I’m also happy to negotiate a flat fee by the day or by the project.