We copy-edit and proofread all types of texts; some examples are theses, articles, reports, presentations, proposals, user manuals, books, magazines, newsletters, e-books, e-zines, e-newsletters, blogs, and marketing materials.
Copy-editing entails checking the following: spelling, punctuation, grammar, wordiness, diction, register, composition, consistency and cross-referencing. If there are inconsistencies – for example, British vs American spelling – a style will be suggested and recorded (and may be applied), either within the document or in a style sheet.
In some instances, texts require input that is beyond copy-editing, usually involving substantial rewording and restructuring. This is referred to as rewriting.
Additional services offered are the following:
Text cutting involves cutting the number of words for a given text. An example of where this would be required is a journal article that has to comply with a specified number of words.
Document styling entails applying a particular style to a document, usually specified in a style guide, sometimes called house style.
Document formatting refers to the visual aspects of a document, which may include creating application-specific styles. Other examples of document formatting are alignment, colours, and horizontal and vertical spacing.
Proofreading, in one of its senses, refers to checking to ensure that markups by editors and other parties have been implemented and that no errors have crept in along the way or been missed during the copy-editing phase. In another of its senses, has also come to mean a light copy-edit.
Quotes are based on a standardized 250-word page or part thereof. This means that you pay only for pages with text and not for space occupied by images. Depending on the client’s requirements, WriteArt will also quote by the hour.
Quotes for proofreading are usually based on an estimated number of hours to proofread a document or publication. Depending on clients’ requirements, quotes may also be per page.
In quoting, the following are taken into consideration: the size and type of your organization; whether your project is ongoing; whether you are a repeat client; and whether you are a student, including whether the copy-editing of your text will be sponsored by an organization.
WriteArt offers a typesetting and e-book conversion service for authors and publishers. These services enable authors and publishers to have their books copy-edited, proofread, typeset and converted to, and coded in e-book format, all in one place.
The popular WriteArt copy-editing and proofreading course will be re-released in the near future after its migration to a new learning management system (LMS) has been completed.
A writing course is currently in development and will be released as soon as possible after the re-release of the WriteArt copy-editing and proofreading course.
For updates on both of these courses, see the News & Notices page, or contact us.