Proofreading involves a thorough, final assessment of a document that has already been edited and is ready for publication. It provides a close examination of the typographical elements of a text, including correct and consistent spelling, punctuation and application of a house style. It also examines consistency and correctness in formatting, headings and additional associated documents.
Copyediting entails making editorial improvements. In addition to checking grammar, spelling and punctuation, copyediting assesses consistency, continuity, fact checking and potential legal liability. Consistency relates to technical considerations such as inconsistent spelling, capitalisation, font usage, numerals and hyphenation. Continuity examines factual or plot irregularities.
Digital content editing
Digital content editing is a hybrid of copyediting and proofreading, including editorial improvements in addition to proofreading. Digital content editing ensures content is accurate, easy to comprehend and free from error, prior to digital publication. Digital content editing involves checking grammar, spelling, punctuation, consistency, continuity. Fact checking is also available on request.
Structural editing examines the work as a whole, addressing narrative, plot, characterisation, tone and pacing. It explores aspects of the work that may be illogical or disrupt narrative flow, and can involve trimming scenes that don’t contribute to the story. It can suggest rearranging elements, tightening dialogue, and offering ways of improving the rhythm or tone of the work. Structural editing can be an intensive and costly process, and is only available after a positive manuscript assessment has been indicated. Structural editing is generally carried out in conjunction with the author, who is expected to make revisions to the manuscript as part of the process.
Manuscript assessment is available for fiction and narrative non-fiction, including memoir.
An assessor will provide a detailed report on the commercial suitability of the work for publication, and will offer areas of improvement to assist development. The report will include a comprehensive analysis of the structure, plot, characters, narrative voice, pacing and themes, as well as the general strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript as a whole.
Condensation services are provided by Reader’s Digest trained condensers. Articles, fiction, non-fiction and other documents can be condensed to set specifications, depending on required outcomes. Condensation does not involve rewriting a document. It thoroughly assesses the intrinsic, principal elements of a text and removes extraneous or tangential material. Testimonials from authors are available on request.
Prices available on application.
A fixed hourly rate is available; alternatively, a set price can be negotiated after the document has been assessed.