Proofreading: A read-through for spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors only. This is helpful when you want a “fresh pair of eyes” but think the copy is clean or if it has been read by others. Should other types of errors be found, a copy edit may be suggested.
Copy editing: Checks for everything within proofreading, plus any style or language issues, consistency and spots that need clarification or other adjustment. Light fact checking (for fact-heavy documents, contact me for more information).
Content/developmental editing: Makes and/or suggests improvements to the content (additions, rearrangement, rewording or deletions), plus copy editing.
Project management: Includes assigning articles to freelance writers; managing the copy and deadlines; editing the copy for content, flow and grammatical/style problems; and a final edit after approvals have been given.
Billing may be hourly or by the project, depending on the type of work (rates fall within the ranges set by the EFA). The amount of time spent on any given project will vary based on the initial quality of the project’s writing and the content. For an estimate of the total fee, submit a few pages or sections (depending on overall project length) for review. Project rates can be negotiated in some instances.
- It is recommended to have a final edit done on all types other than proofreading. This helps ensure clean copy, especially if changes have been made by others since the copy edit. Additional charges for time spent will apply.
- Rush fees may be applied in certain cases.
- Responses to project requests are typically sent within 24 hours.