Terms and Conditions

While I work to the highest standards, the final responsibility resides with the publisher/author.

Confidentiality

I will keep your details and the details of your work confidential and will not share them. I may publish your name and your comments on my website if you provide express permission for me to do so.

What you can expect from me

I will:

  • Complete your work to the deadline that we’ve agreed with you;
  • Follow any special instructions that you have provided;
  • Carry out copy editing, proofreading or other services to the quality and standards laid out on this website;
  • Treat you and your work with professionalism, courtesy, honesty and integrity at all times;
  • Meet all commitments to you.

I carry out all editing and proofreading to British English spelling and grammar rules as standard; if you would like me to use American, Canadian or Australian English instead, please let me know.

What I need from you

Please let me know of any special instructions prior to me starting the work, including:

  • Deadlines;
  • Preferred formatting or styles, or style guides;
  • Any special requirements;

Please only submit completed work that you don’t expect to change further substantially or I may need to make an additional charge.

Please make payment to the terms agreed. If I have asked you to pay in advance, I will start work once I have received your payment.

If you have any questions about any aspects of your work, please let me know.

If you aren’t able to meet our terms above, it may delay me returning the work to you and may incur an additional charge.

Payment and pricing

My fee for editing your work will be as stated to you, either via a quote from the website or through other contact; my prices are based on the number of words that I will edit and how quickly you need the work returned. Word count will include bibliographies, footnotes and other items that may not seem obvious at first.

The price for copy editing and proofreading also includes editorial support, advice and aftercare as part of the original, quoted fee;

If the number of words that I edit differs from the number stated in your quote, I will adjust the fee accordingly.

Once you have agreed I can carry out work on your behalf, I will carry out services as agreed with you, and you will pay the amount agreed as follows:

Fees are due as stated in the quote;

For late payment, I may levy additional interest charges and fees at my discretion.

Aftercare and advice

Aftercare service means I will re-edit parts of your work that you have directly changed as a result of my editing and comments, as long as you highlight the changes you have made before returning the work to me; aftercare is based on re-editing a reasonable amount of work and is at my discretion. If there are likely to be any complications, I will contact you so we can discuss them.

The comments and suggestions that I make are intended to provide advice and guidance to you. These comments are made on a ‘best endeavours’ basis based on my experience. I recommend that any comments that may have a legal, medical, financial or other implication and any changes you make as a result are checked with a professional with expertise in those fields.

Other provisos

Statements, information, instructions, facts, claims, conclusions and research: I don’t check the validity or veracity of information, instructions, statements, facts or conclusions reached in your work, your research, methodology, approach or claims.

Copyright and other legal issues: I strongly recommend any copyright or other questions be directed to a professional legal service or your publisher.

References: while I will check the format and consistency of your references, I will not read through referenced articles and documents to check their validity in supporting your work.

Theses and dissertations: I will not write or provide research to support writing theses and dissertations; I won’t paraphrase other articles for use in theses and dissertations; I cannot guarantee any particular mark or score as a result of using my services.

Although my editing will enhance your work, naturally I can’t make any specific guarantee of your acceptance for publication, marks received or other desired outcome.

Copyright and ownership of documents

You, the client, retain ownership, control and copyright over all documents.

 Accuracy of client information

You are responsible for providing accurate personal information (name, address, phone number, email address) and payment details. You are responsible for any problems, errors and issues, as well as legal liability, resulting from providing false information.

Disclaimer of responsibility

Documents edited by me may include others’ opinions or views. I accept no responsibility for, and exclude all liability in connection with, the use of information derived from documents edited by me, including but not limited to any misleading or defamatory statements.

While I state that all work will be completed to a very high standard, I am unable to guarantee that a client’s work will be completely error-free. I cannot accept liability for damages of any kind, including lost revenues or profits, loss of business or loss of data in any way related to the services I provide or for any claim, loss or injury based on errors or omissions, interruptions, or any other inaccuracies appearing in this website or in documents that I have edited (including, without limitation, as a result of breach of any term of this agreement).

I maintain a firewall, virus checker and other security software on the computers used for editing and proofreading. Nevertheless, it is not possible to guarantee that viruses or malware will always be caught, and I am not liable or responsible for any damage to computer hardware or software arising from the distribution of a computer virus.

Content of submitted work

It is an offence to commit plagiarism or infringe copyright. I  assume no responsibility or liability for the infringement of third party copyright in the documents submitted by the client. I reserve the right to refuse to proofread and edit any documents that contain or make reference to activities that may be considered illegal, dangerous, unethical or immoral.

Service quality and standards

I cannot be held responsible for delays that result from unforeseen circumstances beyond my control. In the event that I am likely to be prevented from meeting a deadline I have set with you, I will contact you as soon as possible to explain any delays and when I can reasonably expect to return the work to you.

Refusal of services

I reserve the right to refuse service to any client or prospective client for any reason and without explanation.

Modification of terms and conditions

These terms and conditions may be modified, amended, reorganised, rewritten or revoked at any time, for any reason and without notice. Please ensure that you review our website and agree to the latest terms and conditions before asking us to complete work on your behalf.