Eva van Emden, Freelance Editor

Certified Copy Editor and Proofreader


Editorial services

  • Copy editing
  • Proofreading
  • Structural and stylistic editing
  • Technical and academic editing
  • Fact checking
  • Manuscript evaluation
  • Canadianization and Americanization
  • Translation (Dutch to English)
I can accommodate Canadian, American, and UK spelling and style. See my descriptions of editing tasks for more information about these editing tasks, or send me a sample of your manuscript and tell me what kind of editing you have in mind. I can give you an estimate of the time and cost, and we can go from there.

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Contact information
Work to be done
copy editing
stylistic or structural (substantive)
fact checking
consulting or manuscript evaluation
Dutch to English translation
MS Word
hard copy (paper)

The editing process

In addition to the information provided for the estimate, I’ll also need: If the editing is done in a Word or OpenOffice document using track changes, I send the following:

Document formats I accept

Substantive editing involving a lot of changes can only be done in editable documents (for example, a Word or OpenOffice document not on paper or a PDF). If you need substantive editing on a paper document, the first step will be to transcribe it into digital format.

How to pay

I accept personal cheques, money orders, bank transfers, Interac e-transfer, or PayPal payments. I ask for an extra fee to cover PayPal and bank transfer fees.

Security of your documents

Usually clients send me their documents by email, but if you need better security than that, I can use sFTP (secure FTP) or SSH to transfer your manuscript, or I can accept a file encrypted with GPG (GNU Privacy Guard). If you prefer another method, let me know and I can probably accommodate you. Your document will be edited on a computer running Mac OS X. This machine runs a firewall and does not normally run any external services (such as a web server or FTP server). I regularly apply security updates to this computer.

I don’t want to make a project late because of a hard drive crash or other failure, so I use version control and make regular on-site and off-site backups. To protect the confidentiality of your documents, my off-site backups are encrypted with GnuPG.


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