October 28 2013

What’s your deadline?

by Barbie in Editing

When we receive a project from a client, we need a deadline. Not only does a deadline help us manage our schedule, it also ensures that you’re able to submit your project on time. While coming up with your deadline might seem simple, consider these tips before answering that simple question:

  • How long will you need to revise? You’re going to receive an edited document that’s full of tracked changes and editorial comments. You don’t want to cut your deadline so close that you don’t have time to adequately revise.
  • What does your schedule look like? Building off of the previous point, consider how much time you can dedicate to revising in the days leading up to your deadline. Ideally, you want to make your revisions your top priority as your deadline quickly approaches.
  • How much collaboration is needed? You might receive your edited document, implement our changes and comments, and be ready to submit. Or, you might have questions, want us to review your revisions, or need a quick formatting fix. Building in some time for editorial collaboration is a smart move when establishing your deadline.

So, if you’re defending your dissertation on November 15, don’t give that date to us as your deadline. You need time to revise and collaborate before you submit. Whether you need a few days or a week to revise depends on your schedule, efficiency, and availability.