The following terms and conditions apply to all services I carry out for clients.
In commissioning me, you are agreeing that I will carry out the service according to the outline in the project agreement. I will carry out the service personally; I do not subcontract work.
Unless otherwise agreed, my editorial services include checking the material once only. I am then happy to answer questions. Should you wish me to look at the material a second time, this will incur an additional cost.
All edits (and proofreads of unedited text) should be followed by a proofread from a different professional, in line with the editorial process in a publishing house. I can recommend a proofreader where required. Clients are expected to understand the industry’s standards for proofreading and editing; the Society for Editors and Proofreaders provides guidance at https://www.sfep.org.uk/standards/standards-in-proofreading.
The deadline will be agreed before the project commences. I reserve the right to alter the deadline if the brief changes and in the event that the client fails to meet any agreed deadlines during the course of the project.
3. Fee and payment
Costs agreed at the start of a project are not negotiable at a later stage. Any changes to the agreed brief and deadline after the project is underway could incur an additional fee. Should the client decide to terminate a project before completion, I will invoice for the work completed to date.
For UK clients, project fees up to and including £350 are payable in full in advance. Where a project fee exceeds £350, half will be payable upfront as security and the remainder will be payable within 14 days of the client receiving the project deliverables. For projects with long timelines, I reserve the right to request payment in instalments. For non-UK clients, all project fees are payable in full in advance.
Invoices for completed work are payable within 14 days. Under the terms of the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 as amended and supplemented by the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2002, I reserve the right to charge interest and compensation should payment exceed 14 days. Should an invoice remain outstanding after 14 days, I reserve the right to refuse to undertake any further work, including work in progress, until all outstanding invoices are paid. I take non-payment of invoices very seriously and will instigate legal proceedings and instruct debt recovery agents where necessary.
4. Confidentiality and privacy
I do not discuss client work with any party outside Landmark Editorial Ltd. Where required, I am happy to sign a confidentiality agreement (NDA).
The client retains copyright of his/her own writing. Once full payment is received for a project, the copyright for any content created by me as part of the project passes to the client.
I reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions, with notice to the client. Last updated 22 May 2018.