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 as 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 Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) has some good advice on this on their website. The SfEP 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?