Proofreading Process

A typical process is outlined below, but please get in touch if you have any questions.

1. Getting started

    Contact me once you’ve got a final draft and let me know the date your work must be submitted. Give me as much notice as you can. Then we can agree on a timeframe and on your requirements (e.g. proofreading with basic editing and reference check).

2. How long does it take?

  • An 80,000 word thesis typically takes 25 to 28 hours to proof and edit. But the time can vary, depending on the length of the piece and the amount of change it needs.

3. What do I have to send you?

  • Email me with a copy of your work attached as a file. If possible, avoid using a referencing package (e.g. EndNote or RefWorks).

4. What do I get back?

  • I’ll return your draft with all my suggestions indicated. To do this, I use Track Changes in Microsoft Word, so simple changes will appear in red type in the text. Where a more complex change may be needed, I’ll highlight the passage and put a suggestion in the margin. Then you can decide which suggestions you want to accept.

5. How do I pay you?

  • I’ll invoice you for the cost, based on our original agreement. Payment can be by electronic transfer or by cheque.

Please get in touch to discuss your project. Based in Birmingham, I provide proofreading services to writers all around the UK and also internationally.