What format should I send my work in?

I mainly work using the track changes and commenting tools on Word or OpenOffice. This is the most simple option for both you and me, as you can see and review the changes and comments easily.

If requested, I am happy to work on PDFs or paper proofs and/or using the BSI proofmarking symbols. Please note, however, that this could have an impact on the amount of time needed to complete the work.

Will my text be perfect?

The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) has some good advice on this on their website. The CIEP suggests that ‘an experienced professional proofreader, reading a copyedited typescript, should be able to spot and deal appropriately with at least 80% of all errors but at least 90% of typos – other things being equal.’

I will do everything I can to ensure that your text is error-free, however:

  • If I am line editing or copy-editing your work, it will need to be proofread afterwards. The focus of these types of editing is on improving the language and readability, not combing through the text for errors.
  • If I am proofreading your work, I will do everything I can, but perfection can never be 100% guaranteed. This is particularly true where there are additional complicating factors like time constraints, or when the writing has not been copy-edited beforehand.

Will you keep my work confidential?

I appreciate that some clients may have concerns about confidentiality or security. My Privacy Policy sets out how any data about you will be used and stored. If you would prefer to have a non-disclosure agreement in place with regard to your project, I’d be very happy to discuss this with you.

If you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch.