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I provide proofreading and copy-editing services to all kinds of writer – fiction, non-fiction, blogs, etc. I will work with you objectively, efficiently and, above all, sensitively to ensure that your work is the best it can be.

Grammar, punctuation, correct phrasing, flow and consistency are areas that any writer needs to ensure are perfect. Unfortunately, it’s never easy to spot errors in your own writing – the eye sees what it wants to, or what it believes you have written. That’s why, before publishing, it is always advisable to have a second pair of eyes look over your work!

As that second pair of eyes, I can:

  • correct  errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation (including those that a spellchecker would miss)
  • suggest ways to improve the tone of the writing
  • offer alternative phrasing to improve readability
  • ensure consistency through a document
  •  ensure that there is no ambiguity or repetition
  • apply a house style to a document

No job is too big or too small and I offer a free sample edit of up to 500 words.

My fees are based on your exact requirements but, as a guide, they start at £10 per 1000 words. Please contact me for a quote or more detailed information.

For those who are unsure which editing service they need, the Society for Editors and Proofreaders offer this simple definition of the roles:

Copy-editors get the raw material into shape for publication: they edit copy. When they have finished, and the layout has been created by the designer and/or typesetter, the work needs to be ready to go. It’s like putting on a play: these stages are the rehearsals.

Proofreaders do the quality check and final tidy-up: they read proofs. They pick up anything the copy-editor missed and check that nothing went wrong at the design/typesetting stage. Proofreading is the last stage, the dress rehearsal, before the public get to see the result.

They are both editing, which is wrestling with words; but proofreading is like wrestling in a broom cupboard.