What sort of writing do you edit?
The bulk of my work is for academic researchers, for example, master’s theses, PhD dissertations, journal papers, books and book chapters, research proposals and reports, funding and ethics applications. I’ve edited countless manuscripts in the social sciences, particularly in the field of education. Head over to my Portfolio for a snapshot of some of my most recent work.
What services do you offer?
I offer copyediting, manuscript formatting, proofreading and reference formatting, and these can be tailored to your budget. Full details can be found on the Editing Services page.
How much will copyediting (Options 1 and 2) and proofreading (Option 3) cost?
Everyone’s writing is different, with some manuscripts requiring more attention than others, so it’s difficult to give a ballpark figure for copyediting or proofreading. However, for a fairly ‘clean’ manuscript (i.e., one that does not require much work), you should allow around 1,800-2,500 words per hour for copyediting and 3,500-4,500 words per hour for proofreading. Contact me to see how I can help.
To help me determine the level of editing (and/or formatting) required and for an estimate of how long your job will take, I’ll ask you to send me a sample from the middle of your manuscript, and I’ll copyedit 500 to 1,000 words (no charge). Based on this sample, I’ll calculate a fixed cost for the whole project. The sample service is obligation free and will give you a glimpse of the quality of my work—a sort of ‘try before you buy’!
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How much will thesis formatting (Option 4) cost?
For a manuscript of 35,000 words, formatting per Option 4 (see Editing Services page) will cost approx. $250, and for a manuscript of 70,000 words, approx. $350, depending on your requirements. I can give you an accurate quotation when I see your full draft manuscript.
How much will reference formatting (Option 5) cost?
For a manuscript of 70,000 words, formatting your reference list to your publisher or university’s requirements will cost approx. $195. This does not include searching for references online for missing information. I can give you an accurate quotation when I see your reference list.
When do I need to book?
I’m usually booked around 4-6 weeks in advance, so the sooner you contact me, the easier it will be for me to schedule your preferred dates and draw up a timeline for completion. Let me know your deadline, and we can take it from there.
What is the process for submitting my manuscript to you?
Clean manuscripts (free from track changes and comments) should be sent to the Detail Devil, along with your preferred style guide (e.g., APA Publication Manual, the Oxford Guide to Style), publisher or university requirements, or other set of guidelines to which your manuscript is required to conform. Smaller projects (journal papers or book chapters) can be sent by email, but larger projects (books and theses) should be uploaded to a shared Dropbox folder created especially for your project.
I will keep a copy of all versions of your work as we go along. This process will be agreed with you before work begins.
What are your payment terms?
A booking equal to 25% of the agreed total cost is required on signature of an industry-standard agreement (before I start work), which will book my services for the required period. I may ask for further milestone payments, depending on the size of the project, and the balance is payable when I return the edited manuscript to you. The terms, set out in detail in our agreement, will protect both our interests.
How is payment made?
Payment is preferred via bank transfer (wire). I can also accept credit card payments; however, a third-party fee (2.9%) will apply. Other payment options can be considered.
Where are you located?
I’m located in Melbourne, Australia—but the beauty of broadband means that I’m able to work with you wherever you are. Contact me to discuss your next project.
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