FOR THE WRITER IN YOU


SHORT STORIES & NOVELS, ALL GENRES, FICTION & NON-FICTION, MEMOIRS, JOURNAL ARTICLES, BOOK REVIEWS, LITERATURE REPORTS, BLOGS, WEBSITES

When working on your manuscripts, websites and documents, the following considerations are most important during the collaborative draft process:

  • Maintaining the distinctive author’s voice – to ensure consistency, with no heavy edits that interfere with the natural flow of the text developed by the author
  • Who is the writing intended for?  Which audience?  Are we aiming to inform, frighten, delight or arouse the interest of the reader with the writing?
  • Developing appropriate formatting and an eye-catching layout that will target that audience
  • Following current Australian spelling, punctuation and grammatical conventions for the unique Australian readership

 

Larger documents will obviously take longer to complete than shorter ones, with all care taken to keep the draft process moving along at a steady pace, making note of any deadline requirements.

We tailor the way you communicate with our proofers and editors during the draft process according to your computer abilities.

You might consider the following options:

  • Use the “Track Changes” function of Word to emphasise any changes made which can be password protected and then also mention possible further changes required via comments, which are removed for the final version
  • Highlight text in red showing where revisions have occurred, and additional revision ideas can be typed into a separate document, or attached at the end of the document, to be removed in the final version
  • The use of ProofHQ, a professional online proofing system where documents are uploaded and then can be edited/proofed, with changes being made by multiple authors if necessary (this option is only available for larger documents) and will require login access via the internet