I generally follow the Chicago Manual of Style for copyediting; yet I’m willing to work with other house styles. Copyediting includes the following:
The goal of substantive editing is to suggest changes that will improve clarity and make the writing more dynamic. (Keep in mind that you can accept or reject any of my suggested changes.) Elements that might be marked include the following:
The objective of proofreading is to catch typos and formatting errors, as well as any elements missed during copyediting.
My preferences are to use the Track Changes and New Comments tools in Microsoft Word when proofreading or copyediting, and to mark changes on the hard copy manuscript during a substantive editing. However, these are only preferences.
A per-hour or per-project rate can be discussed.
Fees are based on the word count prior to editing.
Rates for rush projects (48-hour turnaround or less) are slightly higher.
My rates are competitive, based on information provided by the Editorial Freelancers Association: http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php
I bill upon completion of shorter projects. For longer projects I ask for 25% of the total fee up front and invoice the remaining amount. A payment plan can be arranged.
Payments are due within 30 days of invoicing.
Methods of payment: PayPal, personal check, cashier’s check, or money order.