What's the difference between copy editing and proofreading?
Proofreading looks just at what's on the page and makes corrections. Copy editing can make suggestions at the sentence level to improve what's there. For example, a proofread will mostly correct spelling and grammar mistakes but it might correct a certain word choice when it's used in error. A copy edit will also fix spelling and grammar mistakes, but would also suggest different word choices to better communicate a message.
For more information, refer to the Institute of Professional Editors website.
How are charges calculated?
Your quoted price will depend on three main factors: the type of service, the page count, and the complexity of the writing.
The three services (proofreading, copy editing and structural editing) go up in complexity, take more time to complete, and so cost more. The page count will determine roughly how much time the project will take. But the third aspect, the complexity of the writing, will also have an impact on the time the project takes. The editing requirements involved in academic writing are different to plain language, and a native English speaker's needs will differ from someone who's English is a recent second language. By requesting a same of your work before starting the project we're aiming to give you a fair and accurate estimate of the time it will take. All efforts will be made to offer affordable services that tailor to your needs.
Why do I need to send a sample of writing for a quote?
Everyone's writing is different, and the amount of work required for one document will be different for another. As much as possible, we seek to be transparent about what the costs will be upfront and the best way to do this is to see exactly what work will be involved to complete the project and quote accordingly. Any quotes provided on this website without sending a sample are indicative only.
Can I negotiate my quote?
Every effort is made to offer affordable and fair pricing on your work. However, we understand that at times budgets are tight. All quotes may be open to negotiation on a case-by-case basis. A negotiated rate may apply on one project, but it would need to be re-negotiated on future projects.
Do you guarantee publication?
The role of an editor is to help ensure your writing is as strong as it can be. Sadly, we cannot guarantee that even the best writers with the best work will get published. We can say, however, that you're much less likely to be published if your work is not professionally edited.
Is this pricing standard?
Recommended pricing in Australia for freelance editing ranges from $55 up to $249 per hour. Every effort has been made to keep prices fair and flexible.