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Proofreading and editing services

Pile of books: dictionary, thesaurus and English usage

Well written documents assist to communicate information effectively.

Most text will benefit from a careful reading by a proofreader to eliminate spelling errors, improve grammar, increase readability and ensure correct tone and register of language.

Documents, reports, theses, dissertation, essays and articles address a specific audience and use an appropriate register for the readership.

Effective communication takes place when plain English is used, that is precise and that engages the reader. Clichés, slang and euphemisms should be avoided as well as convoluted sentence structure. Importantly, written expression should be concise and direct, to focus readers’ attention and avoid ambiguity.

Sound difficult? Let me help you with my proofreading and/or editing services.

What I can help you with

I can help you with editing and/or proofreading:

  • Essays and academic papers
  • Corporate brochures
  • Annual reports
  • Articles
  • Marketing materials
  • And more

Ask for a quote

Before you fill in my quote form, be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • Which English? You can choose American or British English and you’re welcome to upload a preferred style guide for me to follow.
  • Who is your intended audience? Who will read your document? Your professor, colleagues or subscribers to a particular journal? Maybe you intend to publish the text on the web?
  • Will this document be printed online or as hard copy, or available in both formats? Since people read text differently online than they do in a book, magazine or journal, it allows me to check for an optimised structure.
  • When do you need the completed document? You’ll need to supply me with a deadline so I can ensure I return the final document on time. 72 hours is generally required for proofreading and editing, depending on the size and scope of your document or publication. However, documents can usually be done more urgently as required.
  • Anything else you need to share? To ensure the best quality service, communicate any additional information that you think is relevant. For example, it helps to know if a report has been written by one or more authors, or if you need me to send the finalised document directly to a third party. The more you communicate, the more I can help you.

Send me a quote request and I will respond as quickly as possible. You can also contact me if you have any questions.

Caveat

Please understand that I will generally not rewrite documents sent to me for proofreading or editing. A document needs to be readable before it comes to me. If in doubt about your document, please contact me so I can guide you correctly.

If you require copywriting or substantial rewriting, please read about my copywriting services.

If you need help with translation of text into English, learn about my translation services.