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FAQ



Definitions
Q: What's the difference between proofreading and editing?
A: Proofreading is basic correction of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. It is what your computer spell checker does.
     Editing goes way beyond proofreading by correcting nuances such as passive-active voice, gender consistency, clarification
     of vague terms, and, in general, ensuring that everything flows and makes sense for maximum impact.


Topics
Q: What topics and types of papers do you edit?
A: Almost anything. Here are a few examples:
       • Academic papers -- Middle, high school and college papers -- Theses, research, journal submissions, homework, narratives,
          presentations, etc.
       • Job & Work Related documents -- Resumes, presentations, manuals, work summaries, Environmental Impact Reports,
           employee reports, legal/medical documents
       • Magazine and Book manuscripts -- non-fiction only. I have a lifetime of trainig and experience in non-fiction narratives,
           journals, reports, etc., so I respectfully leave the nuances of fiction writing and editing to professionals in that format.
       • Miscellaneous -- if you have anything else you are not sure of, just send me a note. Most likely it will be no problem to edit.


Q: What's included in your standard and optional edits?
A:  • Correcting spelling, grammar, syntax, hyphenation, capitaization, numbers, word choice and punctuation errors
      • Suggestions to improve clarity, flow, style and economy of expression (This is a BIG one. Most proofreaders don't include)
      • Configuring the document for single or double-sided printing, with consistent margins
      • Removing unnecessary blank lines and page breaks
      • Checking basic formatting of images, graphs and other non-text objects, but not editing them. To avoid images and non-text

          objects being corrupted by changes to the document, one option is to enter each object separately inline with text.
      • Checking table formatting but not editing calculations
      • Using Track Changes (MS Word doc) for all corrections and comments;

Optional Services
      • Editing calculations

      • Matching citations and references to conform to a specific academic style
      • Matching citations to the reference list, and marking any missing entries;
      • Matching abbreviations against the List of Abbreviations     
      • Re: images, non-text graphs, objects, etc. If you want images edited professionally or don't want to place them in-line (see

          above), I can quote separately. (I have been editing photographs professionally as well for many years, published worldwide).


Submission Recommendations
Q: How are documents submitted?
A: Most documents can be submitted via internet, email, Dropbox or other ftp program. Preferred format is in Word .doc form, as I will use MS Word's Track Changes option to correct and show you all the corrections. You will also get a clean 2nd copy to read as well. If you don't have .doc format available to convert to, we can discuss other formats. A .pdf format is also acceptable, but becomes more time consuming to correct and re-read. There is an extra 10% charge for pdf documents.

Q: Do you have any general recommendations before submitting documents?
A:  Yes, here are a few general guidelines that apply to anyone writing or submitting:

       • Read your text out loud. The act of hearing adds a dimension that can't be seen, by puting you in the third person listening to
           yourself.

       • Run spell check. It will catch most grammar mistakes, and may force you to clarify ideas or pick a better word. Plus it saves me
           a lot of time  ;>)

       • Back up your document(s). This goes for any doc, but please make 2 backups of your document, on separate hard drives. If
           you are reformatting to Word doc (or from Word doc to another format such as pdf), make 2 backups of each format type.      
           You can't be too careful.

       • After you receive your document back from me, review the edits and decide whether to accept or reject them.
          You'll be receiving 2 versions of the document -- a corrected version showing the Track Changes from Word, and a clean finished
          copy that you can read through more easily to feel how it flows.

Q: Are there any extra recommendations for Master's or PhD theses?
A: Yes. Theses are subject to the highest literary requirements. We'll discuss your thesis with you, but here are a few guidelines:

      • Check your university’s formatting and submission policies. These will give you basic settings for font type, spacing, headings,
          indents, citations, etc. If you can't get them into your word processor's Page Format, I can help before you submit to me.

      • Preferably send theses in Word doc format or .odt (open text) file. These are cross platform and offer the least chance of
          becoming corrputed between saving, sending and receiving. Other choices such as plain .txt or Reuters' EndNotes may
          become corrupted in the saving and transfer, plus they don't typically save citations correctly,

      • Regarding Citations, better to convert the document to Unformatted Citations rather than Plain text. The list of References
          will be deleted, but they will correctly re-format when you Update Citations and Bibliography. If you want me to edit citations
          and references, convert them separately to open format (.odt) or plain text, and then re-format them as mentioned above.

      • Try to keep a copy of one or both of the following for reference: "New Hart's Rules for Writers and Editors" and/or  Oxford
         Dictionary for Writers and Editors. These are thick but worth it, and you can find them as Amazon Kindle to keep on your
         computer. Small investment for your rather larger PhD investment.

      • See our Optional Services listed elsewhere in this FAQ


Pricing & Payment
Q: How much do you charge?
A: Starting rates for most average, basic papers: 
       • $30 for up to 500 words. 
       • $35 for 500-1000 words,
       • $25 for each add'l 1000 words.

Yes there are student discounts! (Middle, high school and undergraduates only): 10% off above rates.

Master's or PhD theses, legal, medical and technical papers are quoted separately. Average thesis ends up costing $500-1500.

Use the FREE Submit button to send me your document and I will edit a page or two and send back at no charge. This will clarify expectations and ensure that you will be satisifed with your investmen. (If you have a superbly edited paper already, I will tell you, with my congratulations!)

Q: Do we have to pay in advance?
A:  Yes, but if you are at all concerned about this, use the FREE submit button to see what you'll get. I have been doing this for a very long time, and have edited thousands of pages of documents for hundreds of people. I have never had a complaint. If a question ever does arise over a correction or suggestion in your document, we'll discuss and/ormodify it until you are satisfied.  I would want the same option for my money.  I might add that if, for some reason, the rest of your document is superbly edited better than the page(s) you submit for free, I would adjust the charge for you doing such a good job ahead of time. (Honestly though, docs are usually pretty similar to the sample pages submitted).



Turnaround

Q: What is your turnaround time for getting my document back to me?
A:  Generally, for most basic documents, I try to get them back to you in 24-72 hours. I will give you a written deadline on your invoice. Theses and technical papers will take longer.  Let me know your urgency level and I will do my best to finish it with time for you to review and send it on. If you need a RUSH order, generally they will be 25-50% additional.


Translation
Q: Can you translate documents from different languages?
A: We can translate documents from Spanish to English, and vice versa..  This is charged separately from editing and proofreading,  quoted on request, but since we do this in-house, it will probably cost you much less than sending it out separately elsewhere.

Docs are translated by a certified native Spanish translator who has been translating official government documents, court and legal papers and hundreds of other documents for over 20 years.


Confidentiality
Q: How much assurance do you give for confidential documents (medical, legal or other)?
A:  Your document will never see anyone else's eyes but mine. It will be saved on my encrypted backup drives, and I will not discuss any contents or names with anyone else. I have no way of guaranteeing, though, how documents are sent through internet or emails. If you are worried about some highly, highly sensitive (NSA-type?) documents, give me a call and we'll use courier or other extra-secure ways to send things.

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