Why do I need someone to edit or proofread my work?

Most authors become too attached to their work. Therefore, they see what it should say and not what it really does say. Also, spell-check is not always accurate. In addition, you need to make sure there is consistency in your writing. For example, you may use the word “him” when it really should be “her.” Other things to consider are how numbers are handled, what should be capitalized, what should be lowercase, what should be italicized, and consistency in readability such as punctuation, spelling, use of abbreviations, etc.

Why do you offer a free sample edit?

As proof of their ability, most editing services provide you with samples of their previous work. But, that doesn’t give you an idea of the types of modifications the editor will suggest to improve your work. It also eases your mind about spending money on mediocre services. In addition, it allows us to discuss the depth of editing you actually want. This ensures that, when you hire us for the project, we are all on the same note.

Why don’t you have set fees, and why do you need to see the document before quoting a price?

Every project is unique. Our fees are based on the size of the document, the amount of editing or writing required, and the time frame given to complete the project. We tailor our services to meet your individual needs, so it is extremely difficult to set flat fees and to give you a quote without seeing the document first.

Do you save copies of my document?

We keep copies of everything we write or edit for 120 days. After 120 days, all material is permanently deleted. However, if we are providing on-going services for you, you may wish for us to retain the files for an extended period of time.

What does your fee include?

We base our fees on the following, however, our services may be modified to fit your budget and individual needs.

  • Proofreading (General) – We proofread the document and return it with suggested changes. You accept or reject the changes and return the document to us. We do one final proofread and return the document to you with additional suggestions and/or query why suggested changes were not accepted.
  • Proofreading (Galleys) – Once we have marked the proof, we discuss the corrections with you. Sometimes the author will decide that an error is minor and would rather not pay the fee to the printer/publisher for the change. The final decision as to what is to be changed is left to the author. When the second galley is returned to you from your printer/publisher, we will proof only the pages where corrections were needed. If the printer failed to make all the necessary changes, there will be an additional charge to proof a third galley.
  • Copyediting – First, we read the entire document/manuscript before the actual editing process begins. We then edit it. After the document is edited, it is then proofread for grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. The document/manuscript is returned to you with the suggested modifications and a style sheet. Please note that copyediting services are not intended to eliminate the final proofreading process. If you would like us to proofread the document once you have accepted/rejected the suggested editorial changes, there will be an additional charge.
  • Writing – Our fee for writing services includes an initial in-depth consultation, research (if necessary), writing, editing, two revisions, and a final proofread. If the final document is to be sent to a printer, there will be an additional fee to proofread our document against the printer’s.

Why don’t you have many writing samples on your web site?

Just like your document or manuscript, all of our work is kept strictly confidential. We do not share any work that we have done for other clients unless they have given us written permission to use it. In addition, we do not solicit clients for approval to display their work. We strictly adhere to the copyright law, therefore, all sample work has been given to us voluntarily from our clients.

How long will it take to finish my document?

The time frame to finish your document is based on the length of the document and the amount of editing or writing required.

Which editorial style should I use?

The editorial style that you use is dependent on what you are writing. Publishers Planet uses The Chicago Manual of Style unless another style is requested. Read our Resources page for a brief explanation of the different styles. If you are still unsure, contact us and we’ll be more than happy to make a recommendation.

We have our own in-house style guide, can you use it?

We can edit using any style guide. However, if something is not covered in your style guide, we will need to know which guide to use.

Is my work protected under copyright law?

Publishers Planet acknowledges that we have no right to or interest in any copyright to the work of our clients. Publishers Planet agrees that the services provided are “works made-for-hire” (the term used in the Copyright Law of the United States).

What file formats do you accept?

We prefer documents/manuscripts in Microsoft Word or a .pdf file. Documents submitted in Word are edited using the Track Changes feature; PDF files are marked up and you will need to make the corrections in your software. Contact us for a sample of an edited pdf file. If you are sending a file that has been created in an older version of software that is no longer available, we may need to use a newer version; therefore, you may have to upgrade your software in order to read it.

How do I use the track changes feature in Microsoft Word?

First, you need to turn on the Track Changes feature. In Microsoft Word, click on Tools and then Track Changes. The Track Changes Toolbar will appear. Put your curser over a change and then you will be able to either accept or reject it using the drop-down options on the toolbar. You can accept or reject one change at a time or all the changes at once. You may also right click on the suggested change (or the box describing the change) and either accept or reject the change. If you have any other questions about using this feature, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist.

How do you protect my personal and business information?

Read our privacy policy for details on how we protect your documents and personal information.

Why did I receive an email from you?

We respect your time and control the frequency of our mailings. If you received an email from us:

  • You shared your email address for the purpose of receiving information.
  • You have requested a free sample or quote, or are an existing client.
  • Your email address was given to us by a satisfied client who believed you could use our services.

How can I stop receiving emails from you?

If you no longer wish to receive our free lessons, newsletter, or promotional advertisements, send us a request to take you off our mailing list.

What if my question is not answered here?

Please, contact us and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.