Editing Services

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An efficient editor is a master of seeing both the big picture and the fine details.

I am a professional, Ivy-League trained editor who can help you with: content and copy editing, developmental editing, proofreading and general consultation. My skills in structural and stylistic editing can help connect you with your audience, depending on your needs.

My special strengths include:

+ assessing your editorial needs & communicating with empathy & respect
+ identifying structural problems without losing the feel of your unique voice
+ sensitive copy editing for consistency, clarity & correctness
+ working with poetry as well as non-fiction/scholarly work

Types of work I have edited include:

+ books (manuscripts, both fiction & non-fiction)
+ journal, magazine & newspaper articles
+ website content & audio content (transcription)
+ keynote speeches & conference materials
+ resumes & cover letters
+ grant/funding applications & much more

Clients I’ve worked for include:

+ authors needing an editor for manuscript development
+ authors needing a proofreader who can double as a sensitivity reader
+ artists applying to grants or awards
+ academic presses, such as Oxford University Press
+ international students applying to college/university
+ institutions requiring help with editing official policies & procedures

 

 WHO AM I?

+ An enthusiastic, detail-oriented editor and writer with a Master’s degree (English) and 10+ years of professional editorial experience, having served a wide range of clients

+ A published author with three books to her name (and a general affinity for African-        American/Canadian literatures)

+ An expert of the English language (reading, writing, speaking) with a penchant for catching improper punctuation

+ A writer with an eye for clean, concise copy & a heart that thrives from the creative exchange of ideas

+ A lover of language & overall literary savant (who can type over 100 wpm)

+ A freelance journalist with a focus on human rights/social justice

+ A national spelling bee finalist (true story) & overall (proud) word nerd

 

WHO ARE YOU?

+ A new writer who would benefit from letting an editor see their work

+ An established writer in need of a “second pair of eyes” to proofread their work

+ A student in need of consultation for navigating the college/uni application process

+ A freelance writer who would benefit from general consultation

+ A “pretty good” writer who wants to become an EXCELLENT one!

 

IS HIRING AN EDITOR WORTH IT?

Short answer: YES!

The longer answer: of course, as professional editors have the training, skills, and experience that someone who just writes or reads or teaches books doesn’t have.

While I am also a published author (poetry), my work as an editor isn’t about being a good writer, per se—it’s about knowing the fine mechanics of language at work in a manuscript/document, at the level of the line.

An editor edits every single day. Our best friends are grammar, punctuation, and syntax. We have a keen eye for detail and accuracy—one that many of us have had since birth. Okay, well, maybe since grade school. You get the idea.


A GOOD EDITOR VS A GREAT EDITOR

Good = knows how to spell, read for consistency.

Great = the above + is an expert in a related field, such as linguistics, publishing, or journalism (which I am—all three).

A true editor knows what agents and agencies, employers and publishers, are really looking for, and can help you meet/exceed those standards. If you’re self-publishing and want your book to stand out, I can also help you with that. Lastly—a true editor must have a solid passion for sentences and words, and for ensuring words form sentences in smooth and coherent ways. An editor loves the detective work involved in ensuring no typo is left unturned, and that if there was were such a thing as a “perfect sentence”… they’d be willing to jump through hoops to get you there.

 

*** PRICING & PACKAGES***

For all services, please direct emails to: ADAEDITING@GMAIL.COM

 

EDITING (General)

  1. BASIC (under 30 pages)
    Price: $0.05/word
    Turnaround time: 7-14 days

What’s included: 

+ careful editing and proofreading of document (in any discipline) with particular                attention paid to content, structure, syntax, word choice, grammar, spelling,                        punctuation

+ up to one (1) comprehensive revision of your document

  1. PRO (no page limit)
    Price: TBD (email me)
    Turnaround time: 2-5 days

What’s included:

+ everything included in the BASIC package, plus

+ assistance with the overall organization, readability & expression of ideas

+ comments/suggestions for expansion, cohesion, overall readability

+ email/phone support Monday-Friday


EDITING (Developmental)

  1. BASIC (under 30 pages)
    Price: $0.07/word
    Turnaround time: 7-14 days

What’s included:

+ holistic & careful editing of document (in any discipline) with particular                                attention paid to content, structure, syntax, word choice, grammar, spelling,                        punctuation, as well as overall structure, logic, and clarity to ensure suitability                    for your intended audience

+ up to one (1) comprehensive revision of your document, which includes a                            visual check for formatting issues to ensure overall consistency

  1. PRO (no page limit)
    Price: TBD (email me)
    Turnaround time: 2-5 days

What’s included:

+ everything included in the BASIC package, plus

+ assistance with the overall organization, readability & expression of ideas, including both technical/non-technical elements (i.e. tone, structure, direction)

+ comments/suggestions for expansion, cohesion, overall readability

+ email/phone support Monday-Friday


PROOFREADING

Price: $0.03-0.05/word (email me for info)

What’s included:

+ careful proofreading of document (in any discipline) with particular attention paid to syntax, word choice, grammar, spelling, punctuation

+ up to one (1) comprehensive revision of your document, including a visual check for formatting issues to ensure overall consistency

+ comments/suggestions for expansion, cohesion, overall readability


GRANT/JOB APPLICATION EDITING

Price: $0.05/word (email me for info)

What’s included:

+ careful proofreading of document (cover letters, CVs/résumés, grant application                  materials) with particular attention paid to syntax, word choice, grammar,                          spelling, punctuation

+ up to one (1) comprehensive revision of your document

+ comments/suggestions for expansion, cohesion, & overall readability, with                            emphasis on your expertise and unique voice/talent(s) **

** Many of my clients—ranging from full professors to first-year college students, authors both emerging and established—have benefited from my services and gone on to earn competitive employment, internship, fellowship and research opportunities, as well as generous funding in the arts


RELATED SERVICES

Audio-to-Text Transcription
Price: $1/word
Turnaround time: 48 hours

+ producing an accurate, timely and printable text (Word) document based on                        your digital audio recording

Beta Reading/Sensitivity Reading
Price: $.02/word
Turnaround time: 48 hours

+ a general read-through of your document from perspective of a reader/audience                member, with attention paid to both technical errors as well as cultural                                inaccuracies, representation issues, biases, stereotypes & problematic language

1:1 Consultation
Price: $75/hour (phone/Skype/in person)

Need some sprucing up of your syntax? Not sure how to dignify your diction? Want to give your flow a touch of finesse?

I happen to be an editor who is comfortable offering both in-depth, word-for-word editing as well as proofreading for overall style. I am always happy to consult one-on-one with clients who know they need help, but aren’t sure where to begin. A one-on-one consultation is meant to help you plan, draft, and revise your writing in a more involved way, and includes:

+ review and critique of work in progress to assess audience, organization & any other aspects beyond the strictly editorial scope

+ a holistic assessment of your writing to identify strengths as well as areas for improvement, using a set of strategies to help with overall fluency, flow & feel

+ email/phone support (Monday–Friday) between consultations

+ guaranteed availability for additional editing services

If this interests you, please send me an email (ADAEDITING@GMAIL.COM).


Mentorship

Price: TBD (case-by-case basis)

In some cases, we may need help with the bigger questions—someone who can proofread our work, but also intimately understand the work we do (our life’s work, as it were). I am happy to provide mentorship services as well as honest assessments of your work, which includes (constructive) methods for improvement.

The kind of mentorship you need will be discussed by phone, and depends on the length of your manuscript, but generally includes:

+ up to 3 months of weekly/bi-weekly phone calls (on your schedule)

+ up to three (3) rounds of edits for your document/manuscript/project

+ assignments & reading recommendations tailored to your needs

+ guidance with pitching your work, making a name for yourself & navigating the                  writing industry as a whole

+ having someone to discuss your struggles, goals & successes

+ guaranteed availability for additional editing services

If this interests you, please send me an email: ADAEDITING@GMAIL.COM.

 

A Note on Pricing, Errors & What Editors Do/Don’t Do

You might have an amazing story, but even a SINGLE error can force the reader to lose interest. If you’re unsure as to how much editing you’ll need (BASIC vs PRO) feel free to email me so we can work out a solution. I’m happy to work with your budget, so as long as you clearly state your editing needs.

Most professional authors will agree—a single round of editing is NOT enough to catch all errors. It is my goal to have your manuscript in tip-top shape, but I am also a human being, not an autocorrecting machine.

Also—I DO NOT WRITE documents for my clients. Granted, I am happy to work with your document in whatever stage of completion it is in.

An editor SHOULD: help you clean up your spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation, checking for inconsistencies or moments of unnecessary repetition.

An editor SHOULD NOT: write your document for you, thus destroying your original voice, or share your name/work with anyone.

I will return your document back to you if it is incomplete, illegible or disorganized, and documents using derogatory language or slurs will not be tolerated.

Not sure if an editor is what you need? Send me an email (adaediting@gmail.com). I’m glad to direct you to the write right people if you need help with regards to content development, plot restructuring, or any other type of assistance during the primary writing process.


FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. Do I need the BASIC package or the PRO package?

Most of my clients request the “BASIC” package, and find that it is more than what they need. If you think you need more than just basic editing—such as commentary on overall structure, or research/fact-checking in necessary places, or are working on a document that will require several drafts—you may best benefit from a “PRO” package. With the PRO package, there are also no page limits, and a guaranteed rush service (if you need the document ASAP). The PRO package is usually best for high-level documents that have a strict deadline, such as a job or grant application.

  1. I need to edit something that is due in two days—can you help me?

Yes, if you choose the PRO package. Rush editing services are available upon request and depend on both the length and complexity of the document and current schedule considerations. As a general rule, however:

If you request a BASIC package, I will get your document ready in 1-2 weeks (7-14 days).

If you request a PRO package, I will place your document(s) at the top of my list for completion, and you can expect an overall speedier turnaround time (24-48 hours).

I recommend the PRO package for clients who absolutely cannot afford any errors within their manuscript, and/or need a document edited/proofread in a very short amount of time (1-2 days).

  1. I need someone to help me write my document. Can you help me?

All writing sent to me will be subject to evaluation for suitability in terms of completion and the scope of the request. In general, the document you send to me should be complete or near-completion. Why? My job is to oversee the development and formatting of your piece, not direct its course by adding to the content. That said, I do work as a professional writer, so if you’re not sure how much help you need, email me (adaediting@gmail.com) and we’ll go from there.

  1. Are your rates flexible?

Rates are dependent on the length and complexity of a project. If you choose the BASIC package but find out you might need more of a PRO treatment, I will work with you to settle on a rate that suits both of us. Higher-level services (where you need fact-checking, for instance) have higher rates, as well as rush jobs (included in the PRO price, or as an add-on for an extra fee). 

  1. I chose the BASIC package. How do I make a payment?

Payments for all services are done electronically, via direct bank transfer (in Canada) or PayPal (Canada & US). I am happy to issue an invoice for clients who request them.

  1. Do you work with clients on a one-time basis only?

I am available for both individual projects and long-term/contract arrangements. Please email me (adaediting@gmail.com) with your editing needs.

  1. Do I need to be fluent in English, or a strong writer, to send you my work?

Not at all! You should be able to communicate in basic English over email or by phone, but by no means are my clients all fluent or native speakers or writers. Many of my clients are international in scope. I am especially adept at working with ESL students. All levels of English proficiency are welcome!

  1. I am not sure which package I need. Can I give you a call?

Please email me (ADAEDITING@GMAIL.COM) so we can schedule a phone consultation. This phone call is free of charge, and can help you figure out what you need. Please be prepared to discuss what you need (what’s your overall goal?) and how fast you’ll need it (when do you need the document by?). This information will help me to map out our work together if you decide to proceed with me as your editor. Don’t worry—the phone chat is non-binding; whether you choose an editing package is up to you.

  1. My stuff is confidential, but I live in Toronto—can you meet for a consultation in person?

I am happy to meet in person for a consultation. Rates vary depending on travel times. Please email me (ADAEDITING@GMAIL.COM) for more information.

Please note that ALL documents and client communications are 100% CONFIDENTIAL. Phone calls are never recorded unless requested by you, and all documents (original or revised) are kept in a password-protected archive (which will never be shared, transmitted, or otherwise made available outside our direct communications).

  1. How Do I Submit My Manuscript/Document to You?
  1. Ensure your document is in a .doc or .docx format compatible in Word.
  2. Submit your document to me by email at ADAEDITING@GMAIL.COM and please include “last name, first name – package name” in the subject line (example: “Smith, Will – BASIC”).
  3. If you need my service right away, but aren’t sure which package you need, please substitute “package name” for “RUSH” in the subject line (example: “Smith, Will – RUSH”)
  4. In the body of your email, please provide a description of the document you are sending me, and deadlines to be aware of. Please allow 24 hours for a response.

 

 Have a question that’s not answered here? Contact me and I’ll be happy to help.

 

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TESTIMONIALS

“Adebe provides top-notch editing services consistently. She is also punctual — able to deliver even working on a tight deadline. I highly recommend Adebe and appreciate that she chooses to cooperate with us.”

Ethan Zou
Manager, HiOffer Educational Consulting
Toronto, Canada

“Adebe is a meticulous and thoughtful editor. She approached my work with care and deep consideration. I would work with her again in a heartbeat!”

Dr. Minelle Mahtani
Associate Professor, Institute for Social Justice
University of British Columbia

“Adebe has been fantastic to work with! Our company requires quick and professional editing work. Adebe has supported us for a year with excellent execution of all tasks at reasonable rates. Her oral and written communication skills are first-rate, and she continues to be part of our team. I would highly recommend Adebe’s work.”

Anonymous
Florida, USA