I enjoy proofreading and copy-editing, and I see it as my job to make sure that your words say what you want them to say, and be as error-free as possible. I will edit or proofread for all or any of the following:
- Grammar and punctuation
- Spelling and capitalisation
- Ambiguity and inconsistencies
- Awkward phrases or sentences
- Adherence to house style
- Layout and formatting
- References, footnotes, page headers etc.
You can read my full cv on my website, but in short I have a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics, and I am a qualified accountant (CIPFA) and teacher. I have trained as a proofreader and a copy-editor by taking and passing Publishing Training Centre and SfEP courses (including the SfEP Mentoring Scheme). I am the training director for SfEP.
I enjoy working directly with authors of both non-fiction and fiction: I can provide a critique report for fiction which covers aspects such as writing style, plot, pace, characterisation and setting.
I work on most documents, for example reports, articles, theses or dissertations, stories, magazines and books. I am willing to work on all fiction and most non-fiction material, although my experience and personal preferences lead me to prioritise mathematics, accounting and audit, contract bridge and fiction of any genre. Recent clients include Routledge, Wiley and a number of self-publishing authors.
I am used to working to tight deadlines within budget. After you contact me with a proposal, large or small, I’ll ask for:
- a representative 1,000 words;
- a detailed brief setting out exactly what you expect me to do, and how quickly; and
- an estimate of the total word count.
I will work on the sample to see how long it takes, do the arithmetic, and get back to you with a quote, setting out clearly the time I expect to take on various aspects of the job. I’ll also send back the edited/proofread 1,000 words so you know what to expect. I aim to respond to all queries or messages within twenty-four hours.