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Reducing the editing costs

There are some ways you can reduce the costs of editing and proofreading services:

  • Provide a clean, electronic version of the project. Make sure it doesn’t have any notes from your boss or marks to the graphic designer.
  • Electronic is cheaper than paper.  We’re more than happy to edit your project on paper, but it is faster and cheaper for the editor to work on a computer.  The needed changes and comments still appear in the document, using the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word so you know what’s been edited.  Your documents come back to you in two versions, the Track Changes version, and a clean version so you can read your edited text without the distractions of the highlighted changes.
  • Deal with basic corrections. Are there any squiggly green or red underlines in your electronic document? It may be a misspelled word, a misplaced comma, a passive tense, or a subject-verb disagreement. The more of those squiggles you deal with before sending it for editing, the less the editor has to do.
  • Now, some of those squiggly lines may only indicate that you’ve used a contraction, and that’s perfectly OK in the right context.  Sometimes, the passive tense is the correct tense!

  • Be realistic about the level of editing you need.  If all you really need is a proofread, it should come back to you from the editor with only three or four minor corrections per page. More than that, and it’s copyediting. And if sentences or paragraphs need to be moved around, it’s structural editing.
  • Provide the correct version.  If a document is going through a number of revisions, be sure that you’ve provided the editor with the most recent.  You still have to pay for the time spent on the older version sent before you discovered that it was the wrong one.

More questions?

If our FAQ section doesn’t tell you what you want to know, we do welcome questions about our services, your particular project, or writing and editing in general.