Based in New Zealand and serving the world, with over 35 years' professional proofreading, editing and writing experience.
I am a widely-travelled native English speaker, born and bred in Aotearoa New Zealand. I have an international client base across a broad range of disciplines, including economics, biology, medical science, psychology, education, and history. I love what I do, and gain enormous satisfaction in helping clients to re-shape their written work to read exceptionally well and to a publishable level. I currently use OverLeaf to edit Latex documents or I can export a pdf into MS Word to use the 'track changes' tool. Alternatively, a printed pdf can be marked up by hand, scanned and emailed back.
I have a degree in English Literature and Psychology and a Diploma in Proofreading, Editing and Publishing, plus over 35 years' experience in professional and academic domains. I have also edited my father's online collection of writings (here).
My interest never fades as I work on a different topic each time, with new and returning clients. New clients for 2022 are Princeton University and the University of Leicester, among many others.
I live in beautiful Tamaki Makaurau Auckland in Aotearoa New Zealand, with my husband, Dr Richard Meade, a consultant economist. We have three mostly-grown-up children and a small dog called Pippy.
With over 35 years' professional experience in proofreading, editing and writing, I help with grammar, spelling, formatting, sentence structure, style, and consistency, and am able to recognise common errors when writing in English as a second or third language.
I have reached a high level of sustained success in reviewing papers to reach publishable status in all academic areas and throughout the world, with many repeat clients and frequent recommendations to colleagues.
A per/page cost estimate is made once I have seen your paper. This depends on the number of pages, the deadline, subject complexity, level of written English, time involved, if weekend work is required, and who is funding the work.
I offer competitive rates and provide two proofreading reviews, with clear communication and advice throughout. I can answer questions up to the time of publication.
Acceptance of a cost estimate implies agreement with the terms and conditions of service (see tab below). Payment is by PayPal or by international bank transfer. I am happy to discuss tailoring costs to meet your circumstances.
The privacy of your work is guaranteed.
I provide generous discounts for students and repeat clients, especially if I am signed on as an authorised proofreading supplier. In return, I ask that if clients are happy with my work, that I am recommended to your friends and colleagues.
All of my work is through word-of-mouth contact and personal recommendations in professional environments, or via my website.
"I am super impressed by Sara’s efficiency and high-quality work. Without her professional help, I cannot imagine my research paper could be so well polished in such a short time before submission. I will definitely recommend her to all of my friends and colleagues."
Toulouse School of Economics
The document will be supplied by the client. I carry out the first full proofreading and editing review, and return the revised document to the client. I am happy to discuss any of my suggestions.
Following the return of the updated document to me, I verify the document a second time and make any further revisions if necessary. We will work on the document until we are both happy.
I am available to discuss and review the paper up until the time of publication. This work is complementary and offered in good faith, though an additional charge may be required if there is substantial extra work (for example, more than five pages of new or heavily-revised text).
Do you have a specific deadline or formatting requirements for your proofreading work? Do you require student rates? Send me a message with any questions or concerns, and I will contact you as soon as I can.
Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand
I work from Monday to Friday. I appreciate advance notice of work and make all arrangements to meet your deadlines. Where required, weekend work is possible (if agreed in advance).
Thank you for inviting Sara Crompton Meade (I or me or SCM) to provide you (the client) with proofreading and editing services. I now set out the terms of my engagement (Terms of Agreement). The services to be provided are:
OTHER CHANGES: I do request that substantive changes to the paper should be avoided between each proofreading review. Should the content or structure of the document change from the version first provided, please mark these changes clearly. I may need to charge an additional fee for this work (to be discussed and agreed).
FEES AND DISBURSEMENTS: The estimated rate for written work will be submitted via an emailed cost estimate (excluding formula that is not part of the text, tables and references). The estimate will take into account the number of pages/words, the complexity of the subject matter, the current level of written English, the estimated time involved/weekend work, the deadline, and whether or not the client is self-funding. All other terms of engagement for future work shall stand, as per the Terms of Ag, unless otherwise agreed to in writing. All reasonable disbursements incurred in delivering these services will be reimbursable, but any large or unusual disbursements will not be incurred without consent first being obtained.
INFORMATION AND CONFIDENTIALITY: For the avoidance of doubt, I am not required to audit or verify the accuracy or completeness of any information within the document for proofreading. I do not provide a warranty or indemnity, express or implied, to any party in relation to the accuracy or completeness of the content. I will hold confidential all non-public information obtained or produced in the course of my engagement, except as required by law. I will not disclose any non-public information to third parties without the consent of the client. These undertakings will continue beyond the termination of this agreement.
ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION: Both parties agree that these Terms of Agreement will be legally binding if and when executed via electronic transmission, and notices required in accordance with these Terms of Agreement may be properly given via electronic transmission.
PAYMENT: Invoices will be sent at the conclusion of the work, with payment due within 15 business days of the date of the invoice. Payment can be made via PayPal or by international banking transfer, as agreed with the client.
LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY: My liability in providing this proofreading service will be limited to three times the amount of any fees I receive from the client in respect of these services in the 12-month period leading up to the first event giving rise to that liability. This proofreading service is being provided for the sole benefit of the client, and I disclaim any liability to any party other than the client in relation to provision of these services. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the client will indemnify me against any liabilities, losses, expenses and other costs reasonably incurred in connection with any claim made against me by any third party arising out of or in connection with these services. The client also agrees to pay me its reasonable fees and disbursements incurred in complying with or challenging any legally enforceable notice or demand to produce documents issued by a third party in relation to or in connection with these services, except to the extent that those fees and disbursements are paid by that third party. All other provisions in these Terms of Agreement will remain legally enforceable to the maximum extent possible despite any provision or provisions in these Terms of Agreement being found by a court of law to not be legally enforceable.
TERMINATION: Either party may terminate this agreement by providing the other with seven days’ written notice. Any fees, disbursements or other amounts owed by the client to me, up to and including the date on which termination of the agreement becomes effective, will become immediately payable by the client.