I'll help you get your content into shape and fit to publish, as a printed book, a business document, an ebook, a blog post – anything that needs good words. I can look after several stages of the editorial process for you:
• tightening up your raw text
• helping you find the right tone and voice for your readership
• making sure your grammar, spelling and punctuation are spot on
• fixing your formatting
• designing your pages
• preparing your ebook or print book
• advising you on the self-publishing process.
I'm an experienced and practical copy-editor, proofreader and formatter, trained by SfEP (Society for Editors and Proofreaders) and PTC (Publishing Training Centre). Advanced Professional Member of SfEP. Currently information director of SfEP.
How I work
• I will work in the best way to suit you, either onscreen or on hard copy.
• I aim to help you polish your writing for better reader engagement.
• I know when to intervene and when to leave alone.
• I won’t impose my own voice in your writing because I think it sounds nicer than yours.
• I can quickly learn your house style, or devise one for you, and make sure it’s used consistently.
• I will endeavour to be clear about what I need from you and will clearly explain what I have done with your work.
• I’ll always deliver work on time if I have what I need from you and will be transparent about my pricing.
"Thank you very much for returning the proofs, they arrived this morning. You have done a Herculean amount of moving around. It all looks clear enough to me."
Louisa Browne, Macmillan Caribbean
"It’s nice to have found a good copyeditor. I will certainly be back in touch when I know what I’ve got coming next. :-)"
Louise Le Bas, Associate of Just Content publishing services
"Thank you for all the work you have done and working with you was a pleasure. The help that you gave me has enabled the book to sell well. Much appreciated."
Mutsawashe Svosve, independent author
I have a diverse range of clients including:
• mainstream publishers
• government departments
• independent authors.
I work on general non-fiction, business documents, research papers and online content. I have experience in editing and proofreading school textbooks and rewriting for non-native English speakers. Before going freelance I spent over 14 years working in information and publications in an international legal firm, a local authority and several NGOs.
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Writer and editor of readers guides, newsletters, books-for-hire, and more. Editorial project manager. Purveyor of fine artisanal sentences.
Former managing editor of Writer's Digest Books. Specializing in all things nonfiction—including how-to, self-help, and business.