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What does the Detail Devil edit?

The Detail Devil works mainly with academic researchers, helping them to bring a high standard of language and style to their doctoral dissertations, master’s theses, journal and conference papers, books and book chapters, research proposals and reports, and funding and ethics applications. I’ve edited countless manuscripts in the social sciences, particularly in the field of education, although I’ve worked with academics in many other disciplines, too; head over to my Portfolio page for a snapshot of some of my work.

Whether your paper needs a light touch to add shine or a heavier hand to improve flow, contact the Detail Devil to see how she can help.

What services do you offer?

The following services have been carefully designed with your needs in mind. The Editing Services page has full details of each option.

~> Option 1 (copyedit, one pass)
~> Option 2 (copyedit, two passes)
~> Option 3A (full proofread)
~> Option 3B (page proof) **New service**
~> Option 4 (manuscript preparation ~ formatting ~ styling)
~> Option 5 (reference formatting)

How much do your editing services cost?

Everyone’s manuscript is different, with some requiring more attention than others, so it’s difficult to give an accurate figure here. However, the following will help you budget for the services you need.

For a fairly ‘clean’ manuscript (i.e., one that does not require much work), you should allow around 2,500-3,000 words per hour for one copyediting pass. For manuscripts requiring a deeper edit, allow 1,500-2,500 words per hour. A second copyediting pass should take less time than the first, and this is usually quoted at 65% the cost of the first pass.

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 your draft manuscript (or a sample that reflects your writing as a whole), and I’ll copyedit 500 to 1,000 words (no charge) to work out the number of words I can copyedit per hour.

Based on this sample, I’ll calculate a fixed cost for the whole project. Sometimes, the costs can be negotiated by tailoring services to your requirements, so don’t hesitate to contact me. By the way, the sample service is free of obligation and will give you a glimpse of the quality of my work—a sort of ‘try before you buy’!

Manuscript preparation ~ formatting ~ styling
A manuscript of 75,000 words will cost in the region of AUD250-500, depending on your requirements. I can give you an accurate quotation when I see your full draft manuscript.

Reference formatting
For a manuscript of 75,000 words, formatting your reference list to your publisher or university’s requirements will cost approx. AUD175-250. This does not include searching for references online for missing information. I can give you an accurate quotation when I see your completed reference list.

Head over to the contact form now to send the Detail Devil some details!

How long will the work take you?

A 75,000-word manuscript (excluding ToCs, reference list and appendices) can take six to eight days for one copyediting pass (Option 1), thesis formatting (Option 4), and reference formatting (Option 5), with a further five or six days for a second pass (Option 2). My quotation will provide a full timeline to enable you to meet your deadline.

I need to follow the publisher’s style guide

No problem! The Detail Devil can copyedit and format your manuscript to your required style—for example, APA’s Publication Manual (6th/7th ed.), Australia’s Style manual for writers, editors and printers, the UK’s Oxford Guide to Style, or your university’s or publisher’s specific requirements.

My manuscript is for an overseas publication

If you’re writing for an international audience, please let me know if British, Australian US, Canadian or other English is required.

What is the process for submitting my manuscript to you?

You should send your clean manuscript (i.e. free from track changes and comments) to the Detail Devil, along with your preferred style guide (e.g. APA’s Publication Manual, the Oxford Guide to Style), your publisher’s or university’s 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.

Guidelines for editing research theses (for students and their supervisors)

As a professional copyeditor, I adhere to the Institute of Professional Editors’ Guidelines for editing research theses, for students and their supervisors, which outline the extent and nature of editorial services I can ethically provide when editing theses. (See here for the revised 2019 version [PDF])

All Australian universities are recommended to follow these guidelines, and universities usually now include them in their information for higher degree research students. Per the Guidelines, students are requested to obtain written approval from their principal supervisor to use a professional copyeditor and to provide this to their copyeditor before they start work. The supervisor should also confirm they have reviewed the full draft manuscript, and it is ready for copyediting.

Per the Australian Standards for Editing Practice (2nd ed.), the involvement of a professional editor should be restricted to copyediting or proofreading—please see Parts D (‘Language and illustrations’) and E (‘Completeness and consistency’) of the Standards for further advice in these areas. Regarding substance and structure please see Part C of the Standardsa professional copyeditor may draw attention to such problems, but solutions cannot be offered.

When do I need to book?

I’m usually booked four to six weeks in advance, but it can sometimes be up to three months in busy academic periods, so the sooner you contact me, the easier it will be for me to schedule your preferred dates and draw up a timeline for your completion. Let me know your deadline, and we can take it from there.

What are your payment terms?

A booking fee equal to 25% of the agreed total cost (but no more than AUD750) is required on signature of my short, industry-standard agreement to book my services for the required period. I may ask for further milestone payments, depending on the size of the project, and the balance will be payable when I return the edited manuscript to you. The terms, set out in detail in our agreement, will protect both our interests. In some cases, a payment plan can be arranged.

How is payment made?

Payment is preferred via bank transfer (Australian and UK clients) or Transferwise (for international clients, which is often cheaper than other forms of transfer). I also accept credit card payments (a third-party fee of 2.9% will apply), and other payment options can be considered.

Where are you located?

I split my time between Melbourne, Australia and Shrewsbury, UK—but I’m able to work with you wherever you are.

All work is undertaken electronically, and I work with clients from Australia, Southeast Asia/East Asia, the United States and UK/Europe.

Can’t find the answer you need?

Do drop me a line—I’ll aim to respond within 24 hours.

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