To all of my customers in 2020:
I wanted to wish you all a very happy Christmas this year, and to say that I hope that wherever you are in the world, you are healthy and hopeful for 2021.
2020 has been a difficult year for many. I would like to send every single one of you my sincere gratitude for using my services this year. It is not an exaggeration at all to say that you have helped me to pay rent and bills, you have kept me eating well, and your work has kept me sane and suitably distracted! From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of you, and especially to those who continue to return to my services and/or recommend me to colleagues. I truly appreciate it.
I hope that 2021 can be a good year for all of us!
With my warmest wishes,
I hope everyone has been keeping well over the last few months, wherever you are in the world. I am grateful to all of those who have asked me to read for them during what has, and continues to be, a very difficult time for freelancers.
At the moment, I have a large number of ongoing and late-running projects which I am trying to juggle. Covid-19 has affected many of the schedules I had in place before the UK’s lockdown, and I am sure the same can be said for other freelancers working in the publishing industry: projects have been delayed as writers have been physically or mentally affected by Covid-19, designers and typesetters have been inundated with work from publishers who are trying to create digital content as quickly as possible, printers have had to temporarily stop production, and some projects which have continued as normal have then been delayed in paying those who have worked on them. I ask that all of my customers and anyone reading this who requires a freelancer to be kind and patient with us at the moment. I know many of my colleagues have struggled significantly over the last three months. Many of us have been in the odd position of having plenty of work but little payment, forcing us to take on further work while also having to re-arrange deadlines to meet customer needs. This has not been an easy task, but it is made much easier if those we are assisting are understanding and patient.
With the above in mind, I have decided not to take on any additional work until December. This is to give me time to complete my existing commitments and to try to feel “on top” of the tasks on my to-do list.
I hope that those reading this post will understand this decision and will consider contacting me to read future projects.
Once again, I would like to thank those who have sent work to me over the last few months, particularly the individual customers who have been prompt with payment and kind with words. I truly appreciate it.
With kind regards,
On this, the 1st of January 2020, I would like to wish all of my customers a very happy and healthy 2020. As always, I would like to thank you for your continued custom, and for the recommendations that many of you have made to your colleagues and friends. Proof-Ed is just me, and I’m so grateful to be able to share my service with you. I look forward to reading more from you this year.
With kind regards,
A quick post to let potential customers know that, at the moment, I do not have any availability for November or December. This is one of the busiest times of the year for copyeditors and proofreaders, so it is always best to have booked a spot in the diary well in advance.
It is possible that space will be freed up for short articles (8000 words or less), but please do not be disappointed if I cannot take these on should you wish to email me.
January 2020 is also looking busy, but I have some limited space for articles. If you wish to have an article read at this time, please contact me as soon as you can.
With kind regards,
Please note that I am now fully booked for PhD theses and large manuscripts until the end of November 2019. I may have some availability for shorter pieces (such as journal articles or individual thesis chapters) from October, so please contact me should you have a short piece of writing that you want me to take a look at.
Thank you for visiting my website!
My circumstances have changed slightly since the earlier post on Spring/Summer availability. Please see below for an update:
May: no availability
June: limited availability – short pieces only
July: limited availability – short pieces only
August: no availability for the first half, but I should have good availability from the second half of August into September
As always, contact me as soon as you can if you would like me to read something. I can reserve you a place in my diary. Often I am able to take on work at short notice (especially if it is a journal article or something of equally short length), but I can’t always make the deadlines if I am given just a couple of days to read, and I hate to disappoint!
If in doubt, don’t hesitate to just ask!
Sarah @ Proof-Ed.
An update on availability over the coming months:
April – no availability
May – no availability
June – some availability (especially for shorter pieces of work), please enquire sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment!
July – plenty of availability
August – some availability
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are wondering whether I might have time to read for you!
I apologise for the lack of availability in April and May as I know these are busy times for academics and students trying to complete work before the summer. I am working hard copyediting two large co-edited volumes and two single-authored monographs.
As always, thank you for visiting my site and considering my services.
Sarah @ Proof-Ed.
Just a little message to wish all of my customers a very Happy Christmas this year, and to thank you all for your custom and recommendations. I have had a very busy three months working on lots of different types of manuscripts and articles, and have received several new customers from Oslo and one from Oxford too. I am also delighted to be working on an Anthology of Craft and Science with various universities across Scandinavia in Spring 2019. Thank you to all of the individuals who have spread kind messages about my services. It is not always easy being self-employed and running a very small business (just me!), so truly, thank you to all those who have taken the step to contact me on someone else’s word, or from finding me on a search engine. I really appreciate it.
Wishing you all good tidings, good health, and happiness,
I realised it has been some time since I posted on my website (I’ve been posting fairly regularly on Twitter should you wish to follow me there: @another_tweeter).
I have been busy copyediting two books for Equinox Publishing (where I worked as a journal manager and editorial assistant until January 2018), both of which were sent to the printers on Tuesday. These are The Bible for the Curious: A Brief Encounter by the late Professor Philip Davies (which is due out in November: https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/the-bible-for-the-curious/) and Jews: Nearly Everything you Wanted To Know*… *but were too afraid to ask by Rabbi Dan Cohn-Sherbok and (philosopher) Peter Cave (also due out in November: https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/jews/). The latter also contains original cartoon illustrations by Dan Cohn-Sherbok (and lots of dry Jewish humour). I have enjoyed both tasks immensely and am very pleased with the final results of both. I am looking forward to seeing the printed copies very soon!
I have also started a new degree this September, studying Law at Manchester Metropolitan University. I hope to be able to offer proofing in this field soon, but want to familiarise myself a little more with Law before I offer this! As I am studying part time, I am still working as Proof-Ed during the day (and weekends…and any other time I may find!), so please get in touch if you would like me to read/edit/index for you!
Finally, please keep an eye on my “testimonials” page which I am updating with new comments in the near future.
Thank you for visiting my page, and I hope to read for you soon.
Thank you for visiting my pages.
I am fully booked for the remaining few days of April and the first week of May. After that, I have partial availability for the rest of May, and plenty of availability from June onwards. Please email me if you want to check my availability during these times.
Also, please do get in touch if you would like me to read your work over the summer. As I always say, “it is never too early to organise a reader!”
With kind regards,