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Proofreading/Copy-editing

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I am a freelance proofreader and copy-editor based in Southampton (UK). I offer two editorial services in both English and French:
• Proofreading
• Copy-editing

I am a French native speaker with years of experience in proofreading and copy-editing French documens and have a Certificate of Competence in Proofreading and Copy-editing from Chapterhouse.

I can help with documents such as: ˇ Articles ˇ Books ˇ Brochures ˇ Catalogues ˇ Coursework ˇ Cover letters ˇ CVs/Résumés ˇ Directories ˇ Dissertations ˇ Essays ˇ Flyers ˇ Leaflets ˇ Manuscripts ˇ Newsletters ˇ Posters ˇ PowerPoint presentations ˇ Product information sheets ˇ Reports ˇ Scripts ˇ Speeches ˇ Theses ˇ Web pages

Which service to choose?
You will find below an outline of what services proofreading and copy-editing provide. If you are unsure whether proofreading or copy-editing would be suitable for your document, please do not hesitate to contact me.

PROOFREADING
You may wish to have your document proofread if it is ready for publication/to be handed in and you need a final check for typographical, spelling and layout errors. This is a basic service and repetitions, contradictions, errors of tenses, stylistic errors and logical slip-ups will NOT be corrected.

My proofreading services include checking that:
• Words are spelt correctly
• Capital letters, basic punctuation and other aspects such as use of words in italics or bolds are consistent
• The text matches the original copy (i.e. also known as ‘reading against copy’ and performed when an original copy is provided)
• The page and heading numbers are arranged logically
• The format of the page numbers, headings and paragraphs is consistent
• Photos and illustrations are correctly captioned
• The layout of each page is aesthetically appealing and logical.

I can mark errors using the symbols from the British Standards Institution (BSI) (on hard copies only). I can also use simple marks if you prefer or wish to have on-screen corrections.
I will liaise with you and/or the copy-editor to resolve queries I may have.

COPY-EDITING
Copy-editing is more appropriate when your document needs a more thorough check including some rewriting. My copy-editing services include the proofreading services above plus:
• Correcting grammar, punctuation, contradictions and obvious errors of fact
• Checking ambiguities and repetitions
• Ensuring the consistency of facts
• Choosing the best word to improve the style of the document. This is done within limits – i.e. without destroying the author’s style and tone or rewriting the text in depth
• Ensuring that the tone of the text is suitable for the targeted audience.

Copy-editing involves more frequent contacts with the author to resolve queries but also to ensure the author’s style is preserved.

For my proofreading and copy-editing rates, please click here.


For a free quotation please e-mail or send** your document and deadline.

If you decide not to use my proofreading services, I will send** you back the material.

If you decide to go ahead, 50% of the fee is to be paid when you accept the Contract offer. I will start the work upon receipt of your payment. I will notify you when the work is completed and send you an invoice for the balance. The payment of the balance will be due before I can release the work to you. The fee is not refundable but I am happy to correct, free of charge, any errors left in the final document if notified within 5 working days of the work delivered to you. By accepting my proofreading/copy-editing services you agreeing to the Terms & Conditions for my Proofreading & Copy-editing services. Please click here for the standard T&Cs for Proofreading and Copy-editing .

 

**For material sent by post, please enclose a stamped and self-addressed envelope/jiffy bag, so that I can return the material safely to you.

 

 
 
 
   
     
 
 

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