33 South Textworks provides copyediting and proofreading services from Helensburgh, Scotland.
Copyediting is done on Word documents, using the Track Changes function. This method will let you see exactly what I adjusted. Final acceptance of the changes, as always, is entirely up to you. (If you’re unfamiliar with Track Changes, check out my Blog post!)
If you have text in another format, please GET IN TOUCH to discuss.
Copyediting is an in-depth review of the text; line by line, sentence by sentence. I will mechanically read your copy, searching for and correcting: grammar, logic, style, spelling, consistency, and tense. A copyedit will improve the flow, improve the readability, and remove the inconsistent or ambiguous.
For example, as well as correcting spelling and grammar:
For businesses, I can help translate your technical text into something suitable for those without your extensive knowledge. See my BUSINESS page for specifics.
I can guarantee that at the end of the process, you will recognise your work and your style. I will not change your work or remove your ‘voice’.
You have my upmost respect. You did the hard work, chipping out the stone to form the sculpture. Let me help you smooth it out.
I return two copies of the work: a Clean copy that shows only comments, and a Markup copy which will show every change made to the original. You can accept or reject these changes, as you like.
I also build you a Style Sheet whilst editing, if you don’t already have one, and send it to you when returning your manuscript.
If your work has been through editing, then the penultimate stage before publishing is the beta read.
I’ll read your book and produce a report for you, noting:
Beta reads are charged a flat £100, and can usually turnaround in 48 hrs (depending on wordcount). A beta read involves a minimum of 5 hrs work.
Manuscripts for beta reads can requested on any readable format – as long as I can read it, I can report on it.
A proofread is the final step before publishing, a last chance to make any changes before you pull the ‘publish’ lever!
Proofreading usually occurs AFTER typesetting/formatting. It’s a final chance to check everything is where it’s supposed to be, that the formatting works properly.
I do a final run through before you submit your text for publication and check for consistency in spelling, formatting, page numbers, capitalisations, chapter titles, any citations or quotes, the references or index/bibliography (among the long list of other things) and make sure your work is as perfect as it can be.
Note: the proofread does not edit the text itself, but check for errors or inconsistencies ONLY.
If your work has been edited already and you’ve had some beta reading done, a proofread should work for you.
Like in a copyedit, I’ll return two separate copies of your work: a Clean copy that shows only comments, and a Markup copy which will show every change made to the original. You can accept or reject these changes, as per your preference.
I will also build you a Style Sheet whilst proofreading, if you don’t already have one, and send it to you when returning your manuscript.
Not sure what service you need? This document from the CIEP might shed some light for you.