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Editorial Services

33 South Textworks provides copy editing and proofreading services from London, as outlined here – for AUTHORS, for BUSINESS or for STUDENTS

 

 

David Crystal, honorary president of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP –  the standards body for UK editorial professionals), describes the aim of editing as follows:

“… the aim of an editor is simply stated: to let nothing interfere with the goal of achieving total communicative rapport between writer and reader.”

 

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How it’s done

Copy editing and proofreading services are most commonly undertaken 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.

Beta reads can be submitted in any readable format – as long as I can read it, I can report on it.

For more background on what each type of edit involves, check out my blog post on Types of Editing.

If you’re a student, please see the For Students page – there are ethical considerations that dictate specific requirements when editing essays, dissertations and theses.

 

An example of the display produced using Track Changes

An example of the display produced using Track Changes

Copy Editing

Copy editing involves 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. I aim to improve the flow, improve the readability and remove any inconsistencies.

My job is to help you make your work the best it can be. As a copy editor, I see reviewing your work as a collaborative process, where we are both responsible to our ultimate boss – the reader.

The primary goal is to produce a correct, concise, seamless, question-free read that flows, engages and satisfies the intended audience.

I will let you know about any plot holes or sentences that are unclear in meaning (suggesting alternate wording where possible).

I’ll check facts and highlight any possible legal issues. I might suggest moving sections of text around to improve the flow.

I’ll ask for explanations on anything I find ambiguous. I’ll tell you if your character has suddenly changed hair colour, or if you’ve skipped a day in your timeline.

For businesses, I can help translate your technical text into something suitable for those without your extensive knowledge. See my For Business page for specifics.

red ink corrections on a manuscript

I can guarantee that at the end of the process, you will recognise your work and your style. It is not my aim to change your work, simply to make it better if I can.

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.

What will you receive after the edit?

Two separate copies of your work will be returned: 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 editing, if you don’t already have one, and send it to you when returning your manuscript.

 

Beta Reads

If your work has been through editing, then the penultimate stage before publishing is the Beta Read.

I’ll happily do a Beta Read for you – and I’ll produce a report for you where I’ll note any ambiguities, anything that doesn’t make sense, anything that needs expanding on or anything that makes me think ‘that’s just not right’.

Beta reads are charged a flat £100, and can usually turnaround in 48 hrs. I’ll let you know if it will be longer than that.  Be aware, a Beta read involves +5 hrs work or more, depending on the size of the text.

 

Proofreading

A proofread is the final step before publishing, a last chance to make any changes or fix any errors.

As a proofreader, I will 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 will not edit the text itself, but will check for errors or inconsistencies ONLY.

If your work has been edited already, a proofread should work for you.

What will you receive after the proofread?

Two separate copies of your work will be returned: 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.

 

Please do get in touch if you have any queries about my services.