I’m responsible for ensuring your work is ready to go public.
It’s not easy to spot errors in your own documents. There might be things you’ve not even thought about. This is where I can help.
As a trained proofreader I’ll check everything methodically . I’ll judge your priorities carefully and avoid any unnecessary changes that might cost more or take too long.
Depending on your requirements I can:
Correct errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation
Review sentence structure, ambiguities, incorrect spacing and lists
Review the layout, headings, design and typography
Ensure consistency with your house style and within the document to references, abbreviations, names or terms.
Check your document against an original or earlier version
Look at the big picture to ensure everything fits together as it should
Review the position and content of illustrations, tables and their captions
Check that notes and references are cited correctly
Colour coded corrections (usually for publishers)
Make minor text adjustments to fit a space.
I’ll mark up corrections using track changes in Word, commenting tools on PDF or BSI symbols.
If you’re part of a bigger team I can liaise directly with authors, designers or other partners.
I work on screen or print.
If you want your words to have greater impact, then I can combine proofreading with editing - a ‘proof-edit’. This takes more time.
I’ll review and edit the messages, look at your choice of words and suggest improvements. I can help you get the right tone of voice.
Businesses that want to communicate less corporately to their customers or those whose first language is not English can benefit from my proof-editing.
I can also help you develop your own house style.
I work on a wide range of materials for small and large projects helping businesses and individuals,
self-published authors, students, the public sector and charities.
I'll help to improve:
websites, blogs and apps
corporate publications, reports, tenders, directories
newsletters, magazines, leaflets, brochures and other promotional materials
dissertations and theses
CVs and covering letters