Services

We provide proofreading, copyediting, and desktop publishing services for both print and digital content. Don’t see what you are looking for? Ask us about it. If we can’t help you, we probably know someone who can.

Copyediting

A range of services are available, from light copyediting that focuses on major concerns, such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, to substantive editing that will help you organize your material, maintain a consistent style, and present your ideas clearly. Based on a review of your document we will work with you to determine the proper level and type of copyediting to meet your needs, budget, and schedule.

Proofreading

After your document has been copyedited and formatted for publication, our proofreading services provide a final review that ensures that your work is absolutely ready for the printer or online publication. We will proofread your formatted documents to identify important errors missed during copyediting as well as file conversion problems, formatting and consistency issues, and other errors introduced during layout or typesetting. We also check to verify that changes to address previously identified errors have been correctly made.

Desktop Publishing

We provide a range of desktop publishing services, from using your content to develop print-ready documents with Adobe InDesign and creating e-books to formatting Word documents and designing PowerPoint presentations. We can also help you prepare your document for delivery to a printer or for uploading to digital publishing sites.

Document Types

We have experience working on a wide variety of documents. This list covers many of the formats and types of content we are comfortable working with, but it is not exhaustive. Don’t see your document on the list? Ask us.

  • Newsletters
  • Press releases
  • Website and blog content
  • Resumes and cover letters
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Journal and magazine submissions
  • Book manuscripts
  • Conference abstracts
  • Slideshow presentations
  • Brochures
  • Posters and flyers
  • Proposals and marketing materials

Process

We tailor our process to best address the needs of our clients. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a free initial consultation.

Initial Consultation and Document Review

An initial thirty-minute consultation is available free of charge and allows us to learn about your project and needs. While it is always nice to meet in person, the consultation can also be held by telephone or Skype. In preparation for the consultation, we recommend that potential clients review our consultation checklist.

In order to prepare an accurate estimate, we will complete an initial review of your complete document to evaluate its length and complexity and the level of work needed. For longer copyediting projects, we typically use this document to prepare a two- to three-page work sample to illustrate the scope of the work we propose to do.

Rates and Estimates

The total cost of a project will depend on the length of time we spend on it. This depends on a number of factors, including the complexity and length of the document and the type and amount of work to be done. We charge a flat rate of $30.00 per hour for editing work and $40.00 per hour for desktop publishing.

After reviewing your project, we will provide you with an estimate for the work proposed. This will include an estimate of the hours needed to complete the work, an hourly rate, and a schedule for completion. It will also spell out any other contractual requirements. Once an estimate is approved, we will start work.

Schedule

We begin work on assignments as soon as we can, but our workload sometimes keeps us from starting new projects immediately. We recommend that you contact us well before any deadlines so that we can reserve time for your project. If your schedule is tight, we may be able to expedite your project for an additional rush charge.

Style Guides

To guide our editing and proofreading, we typically use the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition, the 2014 Associated Press Stylebook, or the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, Third Edition, as well as any in-house or document-specific style guides that you provide. If you are unsure as to the style that should be used, we are happy to suggest options.