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Editing & proofreading for non-fiction writers

Are you a small business owner? Do you represent an organisation? Are you a writer of non-fiction? Welcome – I’m here to support you with your writing.

What I can do to help you

Not sure if you really need a professional editor or proofreader?

Every piece of writing that you publish gives the world a little insight into you. Who you are, what you stand for, and what your goals are. That’s why it’s so important to make sure it reflects how you want to be perceived.

When you think your work is ready for publication, ask yourself these three questions:

1. Do my words really say what I think they say?

You want to communicate your expertise and ideas as clearly as possible.

My objective eye enables me to flag any messages that are ambiguous and need clarification.

2. Does my writing achieve what I want it to?

You write with a purpose in mind, and it’s important that your text reflects that purpose so it can achieve what you want it to.

My expertise will help ensure your writing conveys your message to your intended reader both accurately and effectively.

3. Is my writing the very best it can be?

You want your writing to demonstrate your professionalism and credibility. An error or a typo may seem minor, but both can have a major impact on how you’re perceived by your audience.

Proofreading is like quality control for text. My eye for detail allows me to spot and tidy up any errors so you can feel confident you’re publishing a professional piece of work.

SERVICES

I offer both copyediting and proofreading services.

Not sure which service you need? Read on to find out what each one involves.

What does a proofreader do?

Language use

For a basic proofread, I’ll read your text carefully to check that the grammar, spelling, punctuation and words that you’ve chosen are used both accurately and consistently. As an advocate of conscious language, I’ll also highlight any language that is potentially harmful to your readers.

Layout

If your text has already been made up into its final format (for example, a magazine or a presentation), I’ll also check things like spacing, alignment and text styles.

What does a proofreader not do?

When I’m proofreading, I won’t routinely check any data you’ve included or rewrite any of your sentences.

For a piece of writing that needs more attention, I recommend copyediting.

What does a copyeditor do?

Language use

During the copyediting stage, I’ll edit your writing to make sure that your grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage are accurate. If I come across any language that is potentially harmful to your readers, I’ll suggest alternatives.

Purpose and flow

I’ll also make sure that your writing flows well, that there is consistency throughout, and that it serves the purpose you intend for it. This may involve rewording small sections, but I will do this without removing your voice.

Style sheet

If you don’t already have one, I’ll also provide you with a style sheet to use whenever you work on a writing project. This list of all of your editorial and formatting decisions will be an invaluable reference to ensure your style is consistent across all projects.

ABOUT ME

Hi! I’m Liz. My pronouns are she/her. Thank you for being here! You can find out some key things about me below.

  • I'm passionate about supporting small businesses, organisations and independent writers.
  • I've had the privilege of working with writers from over 25 countries.
  • I've been trained by The Publishing Training Centre.
  • I'm an ELT specialist with expertise in academic writing, business writing and teacher training.
  • Quote from Emma, a small business owner. "For anyone requiring thoughtful, informed and forensic proofreading, Liz is the BEST."

WHAT CLIENTS SAY

HOW MUCH DO EDITING & PROOFREADING COST?

I may ask to see a sample of your work, and if you need help with a longer project, we can discuss a sample copyedit or proofread so you can feel confident that I’m the right professional for you.

WORK WITH ME

Get in touch for a chat about your project to find out how I can help.