What services do you offer?
You're British – can you do US as well as UK English?
Yes. I regularly work with American as well as British publishers and authors.
What styles do you use?
I typically use either Chicago + Merriam Webster or New Hart's Rules + Oxford Dictionaries, depending on whether I'm working with US or UK English. I always ask authors to let me know if they'd like me to make exceptions to the rules, and I'm open to other or bespoke styles. As part of my editing service I create a stylesheet that authors and other editors can use for future reference.
How much do you charge?
That depends on the job, and no two projects are the same. I base my rates on the level of work required and the amount of time I think it will take me – this is why I think a free sample edit is so important. It's practically impossible to suggest a rate without knowing exactly what kind of editing you need. A heavy line edit verging on a full-blown developmental project is going to take a lot more time and thought than a proofread of a book that's already been edited immaculately. To give you a little bit of an idea, I base my fees on the minimum rates suggested by the CIEP.
What's your working method?
I strongly prefer to edit in Word. I use the Track Changes function, which lets the author see exactly what I've done and easily accept or reject my changes. I add queries directly into the document as comments.
Do you have any Terms & Conditions?
Yes – you can download a PDF here.