Edit

I agree with Ken Follett that ” a very a good editor is almost a collaborator,” but I would also argue a good editor is an advocate for their client’s work. While editing is a collaborative process between editor and client, a good editor helps the writer clearly communicate in their own voice and according to the conventions of the piece. This requires two of my proven strengths as an editor: clear communication and close attention to detail.

If you contract me to edit your materials, I will work closely with you to identify the audience and purpose of the document, spot any problem areas, and set clear goals and a deadline for editing.

Levels

I offer three levels of editing:

Proofreading

This is the lightest level of editing. I make corrections or suggestions regarding:

  • Typos
  • Grammar, spelling, punctuation
  • Capitalization
Copy Editing

This is a medium level of editing. I make corrections or suggestions regarding the items above in addition to:

  • Style
  • Sentence structure
  • Conciseness
  • Use of jargon or technical terms
  • Awkward phrasing
  • Consistency and accuracy
  • Factual errors
Comprehensive Editing

This is the heaviest level of editing. I make corrections and suggestions regarding all of the above, and I also examine the document for:

  • Overall structure
  • Sentence structure
  • Word choice
  • Clear, logical development of ideas
  • Organization of content
  • Transitions and flow
  • Formatting
  • Internal consistency (figures, table of contents, index)

Comprehensive editing may involve restructuring or deleting parts of a document.

What level of editing do you need? Comprehensive editing? Copy editing? Or proofreading? Contact me today at contact@jeanettelaredo.com and I can help you to decide.

Rates

Depending on the level of editing and the length of the document, I charge $15-$20 an hour. Note that a comprehensive edit will take longer than either copy editing or proofreading.

Materials

Once edits are complete, you will receive two versions of your edited materials via e-mail:

  1. One version with all edits visible in track changes.
  2. The second version with all edits in track changes accepted.

I can also provide educational materials for clients who choose a comprehensive edit.

Sample

This is a sample of an editing report and teaching materials I prepared for an ESL client. I can provide samples of my edited work upon request.