Frequently asked questions
How much are your writing services?
The reason we don't provide a writing quote estimator is because writing tasks can vary so widely - and therefore so can their prices.
Generally, the cost of a writing assignment will be determined by:
- time needed to complete the assignment
- level of expertise required
- amount of research required
- complexity of project or subject matter
Projects under tighter deadline constraints will usually incur a higher cost.
We offer very competitive pricing for our writing services, so if you are interested and would like to receive a quote, please get in touch with as much information as possible about your assignment and we will be happy to provide an estimate.
Do you take on contractual work?
Yes! If you are looking to assign a writer to a contract, please get in touch with the details and we will confirm whether we can help.
What are your specialist areas?
We cover a broad range of specialist areas and are happy to help with any subject.
If you require an especially high level of subject specialism for your assignment, please let us know and we will provide an honest assessment of the extent to which we can help.
Some of our current areas of particular strength include:
- Innovation and Research
- Physical Sciences
Do you have examples of previous work?
Of course - and we are very happy to share any examples that aren't private or confidential. We are working on displaying a portfolio here on the site, but for now please get in touch with any enquiries.
Proofreading & Editing
What's the difference between proofreading and editing?
Our proofreading service includes checks for:
- spelling, grammar, capitalisation and punctuation errors
- incorrect use of vocabulary
- US vs UK English variants
- consistency of style decisions (adhering to a style guide where required)
- typographical errors
- incomplete or unclear sentences (raised as queries with the author)
Our editing service includes all of the above, plus:
- consideration of overall writing style and flow
- rewriting of sentences or passages to improve clarity or style
- suggestions for more appropriate word choices
- citation/reference formatting, where required
- fact checking (on request)
We aim to be as flexible as possible with the services we offer, so if there is anything your assignment needs that is not included here, please get in touch and let us know your requirements.
Do you offer proofreading/editing in languages other than English?
Unfortunately, at the moment we do not offer services in any other languages.
What format do you proofread/edit in?
The majority of our work is done in Microsoft Word, using the Track Changes feature which allows the client to review and accept/reject any changes. For editing in particular, we strongly recommend this format.
We are also able to work with PDFs in Adobe Acrobat (or using the comments feature in Adobe Reader), as well as with TeX files. For web pages or other online content, we can either copy the text into Word and apply changes there, or provide an itemised list of recommended edits.
Above all, we strive to be flexible in how we work according to the needs of our clients. Whatever your requirements, please let us know and we will find a method of working that is most convenient for you.
Do you offer formatting and/or design services?
We do not advertise these services because we don't have any dedicated specialists in these areas yet. However, if your assignment does have any formatting or design requirements, please do tell us and we will let you know if it is something we can help with.
What are your prices like?
Our services offer excellent value, and are usually lower priced than other service providers. If our clients manage to find a better offer from elsewhere, we will do our very best to beat it.
Bristol Communications is a predominantly online-based company with none of the costly overheads associated with a physical office location. We are therefore able to pass considerable savings on to our clients.
To receive a no-obligation quote, get in touch today with your requirements.
Do you offer translation services?
Unfortunately we do not currently offer language translation services.
Can you meet face to face to discuss projects?
There are certain projects for which there is no substitute for a face-to-face meeting! Where practical, we are of course happy to meet clients face to face.
Being based in Bristol, we will always be able to arrange meetings in Bristol, Bath and surrounding areas. Meetings further afield may be dependent on the size of the project and whether it is practical to incur the travel costs.
Where a face-to-face meeting is impossible, there are a number of alternatives available such as Skype meetings.