Having your document edited or proofread by a professional means you can be confident that your message reaches its audience in its best possible form.
I work on electronic or hard copy, tracking changes in a word document or pdf, or by hand. I take on jobs of all shapes and sizes. Each piece of work is different, so when you contact me, I’ll provide a quotation and service that suits your individual requirements. Find more about my prices here, or you can contact me for a quote or to find out more.
I offer a range of services to suit your needs, depending on the project. An academic thesis, for example, requires a particular attention to specialist vocabulary and style sheet conventions. Alternatively, a promotional document may require a more plain language approach which aims to eliminate jargon and prioritise readability.
This is a more hands-on editing job which looks for ways to rephrase and restructure the text to communicate ideas with clarity. Click here for more.
Plain language editing means working on the language and presentation of a text to remove jargon and prioritise readability. Click here for more.
This is a final, careful check to make sure everything is accurate and consistent before you publish your work. Click here for more.
When the document requires some light-editing, but not to the same level as a full editing job.
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What’s the difference?
Editing and proofreading both involve thoroughly checking a document for consistency and accuracy of language and layout, so that your ideas are presented in the most clear and compelling way possible. Ideally, you want your text to be both pleasing to the eye and the reading ear.
There is some crossover between editing and proofreading – for example, both editors and proofreaders pay close attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation. The difference is best understood by thinking about where they come in the publishing process and the level of intervention needed.
In traditional publishing, the editor’s job comes first. The editor takes a hands-on approach to a text, looking for inconsistencies and inaccuracies, and making suggestions about where things might be altered, removing and reordered in order to improve the clarity and sense of the document. The editor will also pay attention to the overall presentation and structure of the document.
The proofreader is often the last reader of a text from start to finish before publication. The proofreader’s job is to catch and correct any inconsistencies and inaccuracies in a document before it goes to print. Depending on the circumstances, making changes at this stage can be costly in terms of money and/or time, so the proofreader constantly evaluates the text by judging the corrections that are absolutely necessary, while leaving whatever is ‘good enough’ intact.
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