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FAQs

What is your usual editorial process?

At inWrite, our primary goal is to deliver fast and affordable services without compromising quality. We make sure that each document is correct, consistent, and clear by the time it gets back to our client. To do so, we use an efficient workflow to ensure thorough editing of documents. The steps of which are as follows:

  1. Submission. Send us your document.
  2. Evaluation. After taking a look at your document, we will be sending you with a price quote and a time frame.
  3. Proofreading/Copy-editing. We will begin with the process of proofreading and/or copy-editing. The Track Changes feature will be enabled on all edited documents so that you can see all our changes, suggestions, and clarifications.
  4. Quality Assurance Checking. Before sending you back the document, we will be conducting a quality check, which involves systematically checking for possible missteps during the proofreading and/or copy-editing stage and correcting those.
  5. Approval. After receiving the edited document, you can peruse the corrections made and approve or disapprove each one, study the recommendations, and address any questions and clarifications raised. (We can also send a copy of the edited document with all the changes approved should you rather not go through the corrections.)

What is proofreading?

Proofreading involves applying minor corrections to a clean copy, usually after it has undergone a more thorough editing. It ensures accuracy of text and layout by correcting errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling and applying basic formatting adjustments, usually in adherence to a particular style guide.

What is copy-editing?

Copy-editing involves establishing consistency and correcting errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, usage, syntax, capitalization, hyphenation, basic formatting, abbreviations, citations, and treatment of numbers, the goal of which is to enhance the readability of a copy and clearly and accurately convey the ideas of the author. It also includes conducting basic fact-checking, flagging instances of possible legal problems such as copyright issues, and suggesting recasts to tighten phrasing.

What is the difference between proofreading and copy-editing?

Copy-editing is a more thorough process and covers a wider range of editorial issues. Proofreading, on the other hand, covers basic issues and involves applying minor changes.

What is your usual turnaround time? How soon can I get my document/s back?

10,000 and below words within 48 hours
10,001 to 30,000 words 4 business days
30,001 to 60,000 words 6 business days
60,001 to 90,000 words 8 business days
90,001 to 120,000 words 10 business days
120,001 and beyond words 13 business days

What qualifications does your editor have?

Our editors come from various fields of expertise, including English linguistics and literature, journalism, and social sciences. They have several years of experience editing various types of materials, including fiction, reference, self-help, research and academic papers, cookbooks, curriculum vitae, genealogy, and more. They have undergone rigorous training and take up regular ongoing trainings.

Do you do fact-checking?

Yes. Fact-checking is a basic requirement in our copy-editing and proofreading services. We use reliable online sources to verify the spelling of names/titles of people, works, places, events, and other commonly known facts.

What are the different styles of editing? How do they differ from one another?

The Chicago Manual of Style is regarded as the bible of the publishing industry. Published by the University of Chicago Press, it is a style guide for American English grammar, punctuation, and writing style. It is held in high esteem not only by writers but also by editors. According to The Chicago Manual of Style Online, this style guide has morphed into “the authoritative reference work for authors, editors, proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, and publishers” over the years.

 

AP (Associated Press) Style. Often called the “journalist’s bible,” The Associated Press Stylebook (The AP Stylebook) is an essential handbook used by reporters, editors, and others from the news industry as a guide for grammar, punctuation, and principles and practices of news reporting. It is updated yearly by the editors of the Associated Press.

 

American Psychological Association (APA) Style. According to its official website, the APA Style is “the editorial style that many of the social and behavioral sciences have adopted to present written material in the field.” Its reference book is known as the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, containing rules designed for uniform use of elements such as punctuations, abbreviations, construction of tables, presentation of statistics, and citation of references.

 

MLA (Modern Language Association) Style. The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing is “an academic style guide widely used in the United States, Canada, and other countries, providing guidelines for writing and documentation of research in the humanities, especially in English studies; the study of other modern languages and literatures, including comparative literature; literary criticism; media studies; cultural studies; and related disciplines.”

 

Turabian Style. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, also published by the University of Chicago Press, concentrates on providing writing and formatting guidelines for research papers, theses, and dissertations.

 

British English grammar, punctuation, and usage. Copy-editing: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Authors and Publishers (published by Cambridge University Press) and The Oxford Guide to Style (published by Oxford University Press).

What kind of documents do you work on?

Fiction, references, self-help, religious, genealogy, cookbooks, business and finance, children’s books, biography, health and fitness, psychology, relationship and dating, science and technology, sports and leisure, travel, poetry, politics, theses, essays, research proposals/abstracts, research reports, dissertations, college/university applications, résumés, cover letters, presentations, lesson plans, learning guides, academic manuals, corporate letters, memos, newsletters, company brochures, product manuals, training materials, marketing materials, business documents, press releases, industry/market studies, presentations, product proposals, website content, advertising copies, articles/blog entries, etc.

How many editors work on one document?

At least 2 editors work on your document. An editor proofreads or copyedits your material, after which a senior editor runs a QA check.

What is line editing?

Line editing involves meticulously and thoroughly going through a manuscript line by line to address issues on consistency, style, and tone. Besides correcting errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, word usage, and other basic issues, line editing also entails digging deeper to tighten phrases and sentences and smoothen the flow of text. It may also include double-checking citations and other information mentioned in text.

What tools do you use to spot errors in my document/s?

We edit your document in Microsoft Word or PDF. We use Word’s Track Changes feature to help you see the changes we made to your file. We also run spell-check on Word and use a QA checklist to ensure pesky errors are corrected.

How do you ensure quality?

Your file undergoes a QA process after it has been proofread or copy-edited. We also use style guides, spelling references, and editing and QA checklists and run spell-check to ensure your document is in its best shape.

Are my documents secure from being published without my authority? How do you keep my documents confidential?

Yes. We ensure the utmost confidentiality of your files. As a policy, our editors have signed a confidentiality agreement, and this agreement is in full effect and strictly implemented. Our communication systems are monitored regularly to ensure that your files are kept safe.

Do you retain my style as author and the original tone of my document?

Yes. One of our foremost concerns is retaining the style of the author. We retain the original text to the extent possible, applying changes only where necessary. As much as possible, we avoid invasive changes and instead suggest recasts.

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