Proofreading and Editing
Have you ever wondered what a dangling participle or a misplaced modifier is? Do you sometimes doubt whether it's right to use a comma or a semicolon? Have you ever been criticized for using run-on sentences or comma splices? Do you ever struggle to find the right word? Maybe you're confident about your writing, but you just want a second pair of eyes to check it out.
If any of this sounds familiar, you're certainly not alone. Even native English speakers occasionally need a hand with the written word. This is where our proofreading and editing service can be useful. Clear and correct English is much easier to read and leaves a better impression. In business, good copy projects your professionalism and attention to detail to your customers and partners. At college and university, expressing yourself clearly and correctly in written work is essential to maximizing your grades.
Proofreading involves checking a document for spelling and grammatical errors. For one of the lowest rates you will find, we will scan your document for the numerous possible errors and replace them with polished, fluent English. This alone will give your documents a more professional finish.
Editing goes beyond mere proofreading. As well as looking for clear-cut spelling and grammatical errors, we also identify any awkward sentences, inappropriate word choices, and repetitive content. By improving word choice and sentence structure, we can help you to express yourself better. We may even give feedback and make suggestions about how you could make further improvements.
Not a Native English Speaker?
As with most languages, the finer points of English grammar can be difficult for non-native speakers to get to grips with. We can help you overcome this barrier. Your work will be edited by a native English speaker with extensive experience in dealing with documents from customers who speak English as a second language.
What file formats and English variants do you support?
British English is our native form, but we're also very comfortable with US English. We can even convert from one to another if you desire. We currently support documents in Microsoft Word, but feel free to inquire about other formats.
What if I disagree with any changes?
We perform all our editing using the track changes feature of Word. This enables you to see exactly what we have changed in the document and even revert individual changes if you feel it is necessary.
Working to a deadline?
If your work is due on a particular date, you'll probably want to book your editing in advance. If you contact us early, we'll know when to expect your document, and you can continue working in the time being.
Comparison with large-scale services
You may have seen large-scale services that offer guaranteed turnaround times, but these deprive you of a personal connection to your editor. Did you know that some of these services split your document into chunks, sometimes as small as a single page, before allocating them individually to a pool of editors? While there’s no denying the industrial ingenuity of this approach, it deprives editors of the larger understanding they can gain while working on an entire document. It also makes it impossible to communicate with the editor later if revisions are needed.
Our basic service is a line editing service, which means we will correct grammatical and spelling errors, as well as improve word choice and sentence structure for clarity. We charge based on the number of editable words in the document. Images and other non-editable content is not included. We can also exclude editable portions of documents, such as the bibliography, on request. Try the calculator below to see how competitive our rates are.
If you require additional elements in the editorial process, such as structural editing or fact checking, contact us for a quote based on your requirements.