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What is the difference between a proofreading and a full developmental edit?

Proofreading entails a careful examination of the text for misspellings, typographical errors, punctuation mistakes, and grammatical errors. A proofreader tries to catch the mistakes the writer often misses because they are too close to their work. Should you use lay or lie, who or whom, which or that? Did you use the right there, or did you put their? English is fraught with opportunities to make careless grammatical mistakes. The proofreader will catch those mistakes computer spell-checkers miss, making sure your work is technically accurate.

Editing involves doing a proofreading to correct errors and goes beyond to ensure that the written work reads well ̶ that it flows smoothly and consistently from thought to thought without being too wordy. It aims to ensure clarity and consistency in tone and content while maintaining the author's voice. This may involve rewriting paragraphs or suggesting a reordering of topics. Such changes proposed by the editor aim to improve the readability of the document and do not mean the original is incorrect.

Can I get a sample of your work?

For larger documents (around 10 pages or more), we can edit around 500 words of your document at no charge, highlighting the difference between a proof and an edit. We have found this to be an excellent marketing tool for us. It shows you exactly what we can accomplish and allows you to decide which option is best for you.

Do you do fact-checking?

No, we do not do fact-checking, although if something seems odd to us, we will do some cursory research and include a comment. The point we are trying to make is that you hire us for editing and proofreading only.

What happens if I make changes to my document after you edit it?

We stick with you throughout the process. We expect authors to make minor changes and additions as we work together toward the finished product. We will review your changes at no additional charge. We will supply you with our “Resubmission Guidelines.”

Do you maintain privacy and confidentiality?

Yes, we take your privacy and security seriously. Our system ensures that no unauthorized person(s) will gain access to your submissions.

Will you write my document for me?

No. However, we can help polish your writing as part of a full developmental edit. You must provide us with a basic framework.  We can help you with articles, technical manuals, etc.

Do you offer a rapid turnaround service?

Yes, for an additional fee (contact us) we can turn your document around in less than 24 hours, seven days a week (depending on editor availability).

Why can’t I just use my computer’s spelling and grammar checker?

You can and you should. However, your computer’s grammar engines are far from flawless and will frequently miss errors and make unwarranted suggestions. Spell checkers often miss context errors (two, to, too) and frequently miss dramatic errors that render sentences nonsensical. For example, a spell-checker would pass “And orange missed the top bottom.” Everything is spelled correctly, but that is probably not what you intended to write.

If I’m a student can you guarantee me a better grade?

Probably, but we cannot make that claim with 100% certainty. We are not in a position to know on which factors your professor is grading. If your facts are all wrong or the submission you send us is plagiarized or violates any of your school’s regulations, then we can’t help you. In a general sense, the more “red ink” we send back to you, the better your chances of getting a better grade. Our editing service is your best bet, as it provides the “why” of what we do for you, allowing for a rich learning experience.