Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost?

Each editing job is different, and the cost depends on a few things, including how much editing is needed and the word count. My approach is first to evaluate the document to be edited and determine the level of editing you are interested in; I can then provide an accurate quotation with the best price possible.

How long will it take?

The earlier you let me know about your project, the better. I am available for projects with a quick turn around, but the price will be greater. For all other projects, we’ll work out the timeline at the start.

How do you make the edits?

I prefer to use Track Changes in Microsoft Word. It’s quick, intuitive, and easy for the client to see what I’ve suggested. However, if you prefer, I can edit in Google Docs as well. I work in the program that suits you.

What if I don’t like or agree with your edits?

All the changes are tracked so you can see all the changes I have made. You have complete control to accept or reject my changes as you please. It is entirely up to you. I am happy to discuss any changes and walk you through them.

Are editing services confidential?

I do not sell, transfer, or share any client information with any other party. The contact forms are on secure/SSL servers, and all documents reviewed remain the intellectual property of you, the original author.

Do I need copy editing?

Copy editing is the most essential and fundamental preparation that you need before publishing. Copy editing is checking for accuracy and consistency in your manuscript. It is the process of reviewing and correcting documents for readability. As a result, copy editing ensures that your writing is free of errors.

A basic copy edit includes checking your grammar, spelling, and punctuation for accuracy; ensuring consistency in your writing, word choices, style and compositional spacing; and eliminating jargon and repetitious words. It is your final edit before proofreading and publishing.

Do I need content editing?

Content editing looks at the big picture and asks, “What is your story/message/purpose?”

Premium content editing is also known as structural editing, substantive editing, and developmental editing. Thus, content editing is comprehensive.

Content editing is a combination of a stylistic editing approach and professional copy edit. This includes the basics of copy editing plus all the tricky details of line editing while approaching your writing from a more holistic perspective and purpose.

Does my manuscript or grant need professional editing?

Journals and funding agencies receive more submissions than ever before, and this has led to an overall acceptance rate that is lower than ever. More than 90% of all submitted manuscripts are rejected, and “poorly written English” is one of the most commonly cited reasons. Because your manuscript represents a substantial investment of both time and money, having a professional editor (especially an experienced editor with a strong background in science, publishing and editing) will give your paper or grant proposal the extra polish it needs.

What guarantees do you offer?

Brisbane Editor is one of the very few online editing services that guarantees client satisfaction. If there is anything about my work with which you are not 100% satisfied, I will correct it at no additional charge.

What’s the difference between proofreading and editing?

These terms are often used interchangeably; however, they mean two different things.

Proofreading is a basic form of editing that generally only considers punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Many proofreaders also check for inconsistencies in document layout and formatting.

Editing, on the other hand, may include sentence restructuring or word reorganizing to improve word flow or dissemination of information. There are different levels of editing, as well. Some writers only need light editing and proofreading, while others need heavy editing that might overlap into rewriting.