I provide three levels of editing services — proofreading, copyediting, and comprehensive editing. Each level builds upon the previous one. In addition, I offer a formatting service.


Review for errors in spelling or punctuation:

  • Correct spelling
  • Correct articles & prepositions
  • Correct punctuation
  • Complete front & back matter
  • Correct captions & cross-references


Review for word usage and sentence structure:

  • Appropriate tone & diction
  • Clarity of word choice & usage
  • Concise wording
  • Correct agreement, tense, & syntax
  • Clarity of phrasing
  • Clarity of sentence flow
  • Clarity of illustrations


Review for meaning and organization:

  • Consistent terms & abbreviations
  • Coherent sub- & co-ordination
  • Coherent, focused topics
  • Supportive definitions, details, & evidence
  • Clarity of organization
  • Coherent, logical, & developed arguments
  • Consistent format & layout
  • Compliant style
  • Consistent in-text citations & references


Format according to a specific set of guidelines:

  • Front & back matter
  • Page orientation, size, & margins
  • Headers, footers, & page numbers
  • Pagination
  • Alignment, spacing, & indentation
  • Body text
  • Lists & tables
  • Table of Contents
  • Lists of Tables or Figures
  • Headings
  • Captions

Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
—Frank Lloyd Wright


My editing rates are based on level of editing and word count. This approach accounts for different layouts and fonts, as well as allows me to provide an upfront cost. Formatting rates are based on word count only.

To generate the word count for a document in Word, select Tools | Word Count. Then refer to the Editorial Freelancers Association rate per word column to calculate an estimate. 


I edit using Microsoft Word. Edits are keyed directly into the Word files using the Track Changes and Comments features. Each change can then be accepted or rejected using the Review toolbar.


Symbols, equations, and reactions can cause issues. Add-ins for Word will export symbolic information as metafiles. In these cases, I can email a sample edit to you to verify that the symbolic information is not affected.

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