Copy editing

As an editor, I pride myself on amending any issues and enhancing a document or manuscript, whilst maintaining the author’s voice, guaranteeing authenticity.

The result of my work is a document that is clear, correct, coherent, complete, concise, consistent and credible – the seven Cs of editing.

My editing process includes:

  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Overuse – such as formatting styles, specific punctuation, the passive voice, very long sentences
  • Consistency
  • Correction or querying of doubtful facts, weak arguments, improbable actions or plot holes
  • Repetition
  • Content and structure, including information chunks
  • Wording and tense
  • Illustrations, graphs and tables
  • Accuracy and anomalies
  • Awkward or irregular sentence structure and word usage
  • Legal issues* – plagiarism, breach of copyright, libel, obscenity and incitement to racial hatred

I usually make corrections/suggestions directly on your document/manuscript using track changes, however I can also provide mark-ups on paper copies if required.

I can work in either British or US English.

I will edit any type of document, from reports to websites, promotional material to books, and am happy to cover most subjects and genres.

I offer a free edit** to new prospective clients, so that you can get a feel for my editing style and can make sure that I am the right editor for you.

 

*Responsibility for these remain with the writer and publisher.

**One free sample edit for new customers.