If you’re new to proofreading or looking for an editor, you’re probably going to have a lot of questions.
Here you will find all the information with regard to the process of a review, from soliciting the offer to the finished corrected text. You will see: Proofreading by an editor pays off!
Step 1: Offer for proofreading
In order for me to submit an offer, I need your entire text or a meaningful excerpt, including exact specification of the number of characters including spaces (preferably as a Word file). Without knowing the quality of your text and the amount of text, I can not submit an offer. Please also tell me your schedule so I can see if we can get together in this regard.
An overview of the prices of the writing workshop can be found on my website. If you multiply the standard page number of your text by the standard page prices on my website, you will get an idea of how much the fee for the editing will be. In detail, the fee depends not only on the amount of text, but above all on the quality of your text.
Please keep in mind that my two editors are very experienced, do an excellent job and therefore do not work at dumping prices as often offered by online copy-editing platforms. If you are interested in a high-quality editing, but of course also has its price (we live from our work), you are in the writing workshop right.
For texts from 100 standard pages we like to do a proofreading.
What we proofread
We proofread scientific manuscripts and university works, texts from the advertising and PR sector (websites, flyers, customer magazines, etc.), non-fiction and fictional texts (novels, short stories, even dramatic texts, poetry and children’s books). Basically, we only copy texts for the proofreading, for which we are competent. If I have the impression that we do not have the necessary competence, I will say so and I will not take the job.
University papers and book manuscripts are only edited in Word. Business texts are also edited in PDF.
Step 2: You place the order for proofreading.
Once you have received the offer, it is your turn again: you now have to decide whether to accept it. Please note that the time slot I reserve for you is not very large. We are very busy. Therefore, I usually ask for a binding answer within a few days. When placing the order, we agree when you will deliver the finished manuscript and when you will receive the edited text from me. Depending on the size of the order, I ask for a down payment. Of course you will receive an invoice for this.
Step 3: We do the editing or proofreading.
In the third step, one of my two editors does the work. Unless otherwise agreed, it makes two corrections. In between, she likes to let her text lie, because that is good for the quality of the editing.
The duration of the editing depends on the extent of your text and of course its quality. Editing has nothing to do with what people commonly call “proofreading” – it’s far more comprehensive and precise. Especially stylistic corrections and textures can take a lot of time. Depending on the quality of the text, a lecturer can read about ten standard pages per hour – rarely more, sometimes much less.
Step 4: You receive the edited text
Editing in a PDF is only useful if your text has few errors and hardly any stylistic corrections are necessary. We proofread university work, as already mentioned, only in Word. When we get a wordfile from you, you will end up with two files: in one you can see all the corrections, in the other the corrections are already accepted by the PC and you only see more comment bubbles on the edge with hints from the editor.
If you are not pressed for time, I advise you to continue working with the file with visible corrections. Do not under any circumstances begin to incorporate the individual corrections manually into your manuscript (for example, by printing out the edited version, placing it next to the PC and “weaving in” the corrections individually). When you open the file in Word and click the tab at the top, you will find the function that allows you to accept or reject any single correction, as well as the function to delete the comment bubbles.
If you have sent us a PDF, you will get back a file in which you will find the individual correction notes in comment bubbles. Please make sure that you click on all the bubbles and do not miss anything! You yourself incorporate the corrections into your text.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me after completing the editing process. Please work through the entire manuscript first. A further check or detailed discussion of the individual corrections is not provided – unless you opt for the extra round (see point 6 below), which of course costs extra.
Step 5: Payment
Once you have received the files, I am pleased to receive a message from you. Afterwards I will send you the bill, which you should settle within three days.