Which Type Of Documents Do I Work With?
The simple answer is that I work on ANY type of document. Whether it is for the academic, job hunter or novelist, I really do cover all bases. I can also work using British or American English, depending on your preference. Here is a list of documents that I am commonly asked to work on. If your document is not on this list, don't worry, I will still take a look at it for you.
* Novels & short stories
* Marketing material
* Curriculum vitae and cover letters
* Business reports
* Cafe, pub or restaurant menus
* Web content including full website proofing
* College and university assignments
* All types of letters and emails
Most copies nowadays will come to me via email. I work using the Track Changes method on Microsoft Word which highlights all the changes that I have made to a document. I then save two copies to send back to the client; a copy of the Track Changes and a final copy of the finished document once the work is complete.
I also do proofreading and copy editing of paper documents which can be sent to me in the post or hand delivered / collected. I use all the traditional proofreading marks to alter the documents I work on. A table of proofreading marks can be sent to the client to help understand the alterations made if the symbols are not something the client is familiar with. I always recommend that the client makes at least one copy of the paper document if sending it to me by post. If the document is lost in the post, it is essential that you have another copy as a back up! I also recommend that the client uses recorded delivery if sending work to me in the post so that the document can be tracked.
When you send a document to me for proofreading, I will go through the whole document from start to finish with the finest tooth comb imaginable!
I am looking for spelling mistakes, incorrect grammar, missing or overuse of punctuation, incorrect use of capital letters and general layout of text such as the use of sentences or paragraphs.
A document that has been professionally proofread will return to the client with 100% accuracy. It will also have a better flow so that the intended reader is able to engage with the text and is able to read the document fluently.
Copy Editing Service
Copy editing includes all the above mentioned work that proofreading does but it also involves much more in depth work with the document.
A professional copy editor will be able to rewrite sections of text, restructure the document layout, delete unnecessary text and change the document so that it reads and comes across in the best way possible.
The copy editor will not change the meaning or feel of the text, so the client's work will still be recognisable as their own, but it will be laid out in a much more accurate and professional manner to suit the target audience.
It is also the copy editor's job to ensure that the document is written in plain, simple and correct English that communicates the text in an understandable way to the reader. The ideas in the text will flow logically from beginning to end using a consistency of style throughout.
Finally, a good copy editor will be able to carry out research into the genre of any document to ensure that it is factually accurate with the necessary references made to any facts that have been quoted from elsewhere.
A great analogy that I use to explain the work that I do: Compare proofreading and copy editing to when you take your car to the valet. When you get your car back, you know it is the same car, but it's cleaner, tidier, polished and looks so much better than it did before!