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Editing and proofreading FAQ

 

How much does it cost?

Prices vary widely with the type of project, writing style, English language familiarity, level of completion, length of document, client's skills with formatting etc. As examples: editing of 5000 word journal articles have ranged from A$90 to $230; 100,000 word theses ranged from A$700 to $2400, non-fiction books from A$500 to $2400. When documents have numerous tables to be formatted or referencing styles to be changed from one version to another this can increase the cost. Clients whose work is not in its FINAL version before they send it for editing will find costs will be higher if they make ongoing changes to the text during the editing process.

 

How do you determine the costs of your services?
Without actually seeing the work that requires editing it is impossible to give a firm quotation as every piece of writing is unique. AES recommends that you send a representative sample of your work so that we can determine the time it is likely to take. You can send it by email. AES will then provide a FREE sample edit and a written quotation.

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Do you undertake rush jobs?
Quality work requires quality time so avoiding the last minute panic is recommended. By negotiation (and if available to take on additional work) AES can complete editing and proofreading at short notice, but this will be charged at a higher rate.

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How long will you take to complete my work?
This will vary according to the level of service required or requested and our availability. With a sample of your work it is possible to be more specific. The more time available, the better the outcome as detailed work requires concentrated effort over a number of days.

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How do I pay for services?  
You will be invoiced and payment can be made by cheque, money order, electronic funds transfer between banks, or by using credit card via PayPal.

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How do I get my work to you? 
Depending on your timeline and the type of work you require you can submit it by email attachment, fax, or by post as hard copy or disc. If emailing work please send a preliminary message informing us so that your attachment is recognised as valid and not dispatched to the Spam folder!

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What do I have to do? 
Please provide as much detail as possible about the topic and any specific referencing style or publication requirements. All work is received and returned following scanning by current virus detection software for mutual safety. If specific journal or university format or referencing variations apply, then please tell us the appropriate URL or webpage where these details can be located.

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What file formats do you require?  
Most pc word processing formats are acceptable, most work is done using Microsoft Word®. If unsure, email AES or use the online form. Large files can be zipped or compressed for ease of emailing.

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Can I see what you will do before I commit to using your services?
Certainly, you can send 5–10 pages of your work and you will receive a FREE sample edit to show what you can expect. Email AES or use the online form.

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What other services can you offer?  
Contact AES with inquiries about any project that needs help with structure, organisation, formatting, evaluation, design or development. Desktop publishing with onscreen corrections can relieve you of the time-consuming incorporation of amendments made on hard copy.

AES can also provide editing assistance with: annotated bibliographies; design of manuals, documents, handbooks, and research proposals; report writing; grant submissions/research proposals; summarisation of journal articles; information research and retrieval; general writing and ghost writing; résumés; learning packages; multi-media projects; organisation and refinement of projects written by multiple authors.

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Can you help me with my content?  
Not if your work is being submitted for assessment as this requires individual effort for which you must confirm originality. Responsibility for content accuracy and completeness lies with the client, as does the necessity to meet any academic requirements such as layout and referencing style. When AES edits your work comments will be made throughout the text to indicate if sections are unclear or repetitive, if statements appear unsupported. Please note that these are intended for general help rather than being specific to the content.

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Do I need to acknowledge your role in editing my work? 
Generally, this is required as specified by your university or publisher. Please be aware that some universities require that students seek written approval from their supervisors to have a professional editor assist them with their final version, some even require that editing be provided on hard copy only. Clients who contract AES to write on their behalf will need to acknowledge involvement appropriately. Of course, as an online business any acknowledgment in your text helps improve our visibility and credibility and is gratefully received!

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What type of work have you done for past clients? 
Projects undertaken over the past twelve years have been diverse and a constant source of interest and learning! See the list of clients, subject areas covered and types of projects we edit and proofread.

Do you edit theses and dissertations?

I have edited many theses and have enjoyed the new knowledge they provide, but they tend to be very labour-intensive and time-consuming so I prefer not to take on too many of these each year. You need to be aware of the policy regarding editing theses that is followed by most Australian universities and this is available on the IPEd website or can be accessed via this link. Editing_theses

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Updated April 20, 2016