Editing

dutchExperience

Examples of text types I’ve edited professionally are advertising material, web content, B2B and B2C communication, and magazine articles. I also edited Anticipate: The Art of Leading by Looking Ahead by Rob-Jan de Jong, a management book published in early 2015.

Costs

Editing costs are based on an hourly/half-day rate, as the amount of work required for editing varies greatly from text to text. After receiving the full text, I can provide a time estimate and we can decide on an approach together. Alternatively, you can name your price—i.e. set a maximum number of hours for me to work with—and I’ll edit your text to the best of my ability within the number of hours we agreed on.

Quotations exclude 21% VAT unless otherwise specified. A surcharge applies to rush orders (delivery within 48 hours) and weekend commissions.

Approach

Editing, proofreading, revising or rewriting? I personally don’t distinguish between these terms or services, but always determine my approach on a case-by-case basis in consultation with my client.

Track Changes I’ll use Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature to indicate all changes made to your document.

Comments To avoid introducing inaccuracies into your text, I will occasionally use Word’s Comments feature to explain my interpretation of a phrase and/or provide an alternative for another possible interpretation.

Explanations and additional suggestions You can ask me to provide explanations of changes I make to your text and—in addition to the standard linguistic and stylistic changes—to provide other suggestions for you to choose from, such as synonyms or structural changes. This allows the ‘voice’ of the author to remain as intact as possible.

Areas of focus Texts written by non-native speakers may require more focus on issues likely to arise from cultural differences (e.g., communication style) and linguistic differences (e.g., word use, sentence structure). This may in turn affect the amount of time required for editing.