Copy editing is usually the most important thing you can do to improve the quality of written work.
As well as fixing grammar, spelling and punctuation errors, a copy editor will fix problems with transitions, wordiness, jargon and consistency, and will ensure the style and tone of the piece is maintained throughout. In short, a copy editor is the reader’s best friend, because they make sure the piece has a smooth and understandable flow, without jarring errors or ‘clunky’ passages of writing.
I copy edit all sorts of different documents, including government reports, academic research papers, technical ‘how to’ guides, industry magazine articles, small business web copy, textbooks and fiction manuscripts. All these documents have different purposes and audiences, so they vary in terms of the style they are written in, the terminology they use and the complexity of the language and its presentation.
I will ensure your written work will be appropriate for its audience and that the text will be clear, correct, understandable and consistent. Consistency is particularly important if the document has been written by multiple contributors, which is often the case with business and government reports.
Proofreading is the final but crucial step before publication. A proofreader will find and fix errors in the final draft of your document, getting rid of the annoying spelling mistakes, typos and inconsistencies that will irritate your readers and reduce the effectiveness of your message.
It is always a good idea to have someone proofread your work before it is printed or published online, because a fresh pair of eyes will pick up errors you have not noticed. When you re-read something you’ve been working on, even though your eyes see what’s on the page, your brain interprets what it wants – or expects – to see, not always what is actually there. If you are familiar with a document, you can read something several times and not notice the typo that’s right in front of your face!
As a freelance writer, I have produced pieces on a variety of topics that include parenting, cheese-making, speed dating, gardening, sustainable building practices and music teaching – to name just a few. I love the adventure of tackling new subjects because I always learn something interesting.
Document formatting and layout
I am proficient in Microsoft Word, InDesign and Publisher, and I can make your document look professional, attractive and reader-friendly.
Website copy writing
I will write or edit the information for your website so that it is clear, informative and engaging for the reader, and free of errors and inconsistencies.
I also specialise in formatting Microsoft Word files ready for upload as ebooks through Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) and Smashwords. With hands-on experience as an independent author, I am happy to provide advice and guidance about the self-publishing process.
Word Wise Writing and Editing
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