Editing and Proofreading

Help-U-Write offers “Editing and Proofreading” as a package service, although they are really two different processes.  You are probably most familiar with proofreading, which is analyzing a document and making corrections for typographical, grammatical and punctuation errors.

Editing is the process of looking at the whole document to insure that the information or narrative is clear and communicates to the reader.  At Help-U-Write, we pride ourselves in the care we take to preserve each author’s “voice.”  In other words, it is very important to us that the revisions we suggest don’t interfere with your unique style of expressing your thoughts.

Editing, however, serves a very useful purpose.  Sometimes you will have used “jargon” or “slang” that is very familiar to you because you use it daily, but it is unfamiliar to your audience.  At times, an event needs more explanation because it is unique to a particular locale.  Occasionally, we will even suggest that you present the ideas in a slightly different order so that it will be easier for the reader to understand your meaning.  At all times in the editing process, we suggest changes….it is up to you whether you wish to follow the suggestions or go a different direction.

Editing and Proofreading can be billed by the job or by the hour, depending on the length or difficulty of the manuscript.  For short pieces, we usually charge by the hour.

If you have a longer manuscript (book or novel), we usually suggest that you submit ten (10) double-spaced pages and, for a small fee, we will edit them and discuss it with you.  That will let you know what our process is like and whether our suggestions work for you, and it will give us a good idea of how long it will take to do the full manuscript. Often, then, we’ll offer a price for the entire manuscript.

If you’re interested in talking with us about editing or proofreading your manuscript, please email us at info@help-u-write.com. Please write “Editing” in the subject line.`

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