Common Questions

How do I know which type of editing I need?

Many people are surprised to learn that there are different types of editing, and they’re often not sure which type they need for their project. Here’s a handy guide to help you decide:

If you still have a draft that might need changes to content (e.g., content may need to be added or removed, existing content may need to be re-written or re-organized), you might need structural or substantive editing.

If your writing is finished (i.e., the content and structure are finalized) and it needs a final polish, you might need copyediting.

If your writing has been copyedited and is typeset or prepared for printing, you need proofreading.

If you’re still not sure what you need, contact me and we’ll figure it out together!


What do you edit?

I edit non-fiction in a variety of formats, including grant proposals, research reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts, theses, résumés, cover letters, CVs, literature reviews, blog posts, newsletters, web copy, essays, fact sheets, non-fiction books in the sciences, and research posters and presentations. My specialty is academic and scientific content, but I also edit other types of non-fiction. Note that I follow the Editors Canada’s Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Graduate Student Texts for editing theses and dissertations.


What do you charge?

It depends on the specific project and the type of service you’re looking for. Contact me for a free, no-obligation quote for your project.


Why should I have my writing professionally edited?

Clear, concise, and polished writing is key to achieving your goal, whether that’s landing a job interview, publishing your journal article, or selling your product. But mistakes creep into everyone’s writing, and our brains aren’t very good at spotting the problems with our own writing. That’s where a professional editor can help. Editors are trained to see and fix the problems with your writing so it can look its best and help you reach your goals.