What I can do for you

Traditional proofreading is the final polish given to a text before it goes to print – the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading describes it rather neatly as ‘the quality check and tidy-up’ – although some clients often need more of a proof-edit. Below are details of the services I offer.

Proofreading

My standard proofreading service can be carried out on paper or on screen using the BS 5261-2:2005 marks or software-specific commenting tools (whichever you prefer), and involves checking for the following:​

  • Correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax

  • Consistent capitalisation, hyphenation, numerals, formatting, spelling and use of punctuation

  • Even spacing of words and lines

  • Correct layout of all matter, including running heads and footnotes

  • Complete numbering sequences

  • Corresponding contents lists and page numbers

  • Clear word breaks

  • Matching cross-references

  • Any instances of ambiguity, contradiction or incorrect word use

  • Clear presentation of illustrations, diagrams and tables, and their descriptions

  • Correct implementation of copy-editor's changes (if applicable).

[Victoria] did a superb job, following my brief perfectly and identifying exactly the kinds of issues I was hoping she would.

HB, Author

 

Of course, if you require only some of the above checks, please make this clear when we discuss the project.

Proof-Editing

If your text requires a bit more intervention than a standard proofread – for example, if English is not your first language – I also offer a proof-editing service, where I will carry out the checks above (as directed by you), but will smooth out any awkward phrases as well. This is usually done in Microsoft Word, using Track Changes.

Please note that I do not currently offer a copy-editing service for raw material which requires more in-depth work. If you are not sure which service is for you, please do get in touch with me to discuss the project.

Subject Areas

I work mainly on business material and non-fiction, and especially enjoy the following subjects:

  • Music – specialist classical music expertise

  • History  monarchs, conflicts and other key events in Britain, Europe and America between roughly 1066 and 1945, from medieval battles to war memoirs, the Reformation to the Russian Revolution; particular interest in the Wars of the Roses and Richard III

  • Sport – football (including the lower leagues), cricket, golf, badminton, tenpin bowling, equestrianism and more

  • Travel

  • Wildlife

  • Pets

  • Biography.

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