I established de Lorentz Editorial Services in 2017 and work closely with authors to edit their writing.
My editing and publishing experience
- Freelance copyediting - academic books (3 years).
- Editing newsletters and reports for organisations (5 years)
- Academic, peer-reviewed journal publishing (4 years)
My editing services are for academics and businesses.
The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) is the professional body for editors in the UK. I have been a member since 2017 and achieved Professional Membership status in 2019. I am signed up to their Code of Practice.
The editing levels that I most often offer to authors and businesses are copyediting and proofreading.
I am trained via SfEP and the Publishing Training Centre.
My fees are calculated in line with SfEP's minimum rates.
Before providing a quote, I ask authors for a sample section of their research paper or report so that I can assess the scope and level of the edit.
'Proofreading' is a catch-all term, but there are actually many levels of editing. Two of these levels are copyediting and proofreading. Another level, known as substantive (developmental) editing, is more in-depth and involves re-working of wording and sentences. Non-native English speakers might require editing of their writing at this deeper level. It takes longer and costs a bit more.
Usually I work with authors, businesses or organisations using either Word's Tracked Changes facility or pdf commenting tools. I can also use BSI proofreading symbols on hard copy.
My subject areas
Arts and Humanities:
Media: Books, articles, reports, newsletters, booklets, conference proceedings, annual reports
What is the difference between copyediting and proofreading?
Copy-editing takes place before proofreading, certainly within the publishing industry. It involves working closely with authors to shape the text ready for typesetting (setting out on the page) prior to printing. Copy-editing can address:
Style - adhering to a style guide
Target readership - checking suitability of language for the audience
Consistency and accuracy
Placing of illustrations and figures in logical positions
Consistent formatting of captions and table headings
Copyright and legal issues
Grammar, punctuation and spelling checks
Repetitions and contradictions - ironing these out
References and notes - formatting correctly and consistently
Omissions - checking with the author.
Proofreading takes place near the end of the publishing process when text has been typeset and is in its final form as it will appear on the printed page. The text is almost ready for printing. Final checks are still needed to address:
Word breaks and hyphenation
Anything missed in the copy-editing process.
Text appears more credible when these issues are ironed out. The reader will not 'trip up' over inconsistencies, and will know that time has been spent on accuracy. Such close attention to detail promotes the reader's trust in the subject matter.
The more that can be achieved at the copy-editing stage the less has to be done after typesetting which can adversely affect cost and timescales.