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I provide editorial services for publishers, private individuals and businesses.

Whether your requirements involve the quick proofread of a business flyer, the copy-editing of a full-length work or designing and formatting your book ready for self-publishing, you can be assured of a professional service. As a professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders I adhere to the SfEP Code of Practice


You want your writing to be accurate and well-presented.

I specialise in copy-editing and proofreading historical fiction and non-fiction, but can work on most subjects at a general level.  I am also knowledgeable in:

History:  family history, genealogy, local history, archaeology, ancient history, heritage, folklore, mythology, antiques & collectables, numismatism (ancient Roman & Greek coinage), museum studies.

Theatre:  theatre, plays, amateur dramatics.

Art:  art, art history, photography.

Crafts: feltmaking, papermaking, glass, bookbinding, needlework, handicrafts.

General: business, ferries/maritime, popular culture, Tarot, mind/body/spirit, paranormal studies, travel.

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You want your business documentation and website to show your best side.

When you’re in business, it’s vital that your advertising literature and other written material (flyers, brochures, annual reports, website etc.) is accurate and well presented.

Did you know that you can be too close to your own writing to notice when things aren’t quite right or could be improved? That’s where those embarrassing typos creep in … you know, the ones that if you are unlucky get picked up by a potential client, or if you are really unlucky get plastered all over the internet and appear on Buzzfeed.

I can edit your material, proofread it or even help you write it.

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Just what you need.

Understandably not everyone knows where editors and proofreaders fit in. You have your specialist knowledge, and we have ours.

Simply put … copy-editors look through your writing once it has been written and you think it’s good to go. They make sure everything is correct, reads well and is consistent. They also look at the format to make sure your writing is acceptable to your clients.

Proofreaders are the final link in the chain … they make sure that no errors have crept in at the last minute. No matter how good the copy-editor or your designer, one last check usually brings up small changes that need to be made.

Breakdown of services.

To help you decide which service you require I’ve put together a quick breakdown of what each service entails.

Manuscript Critique (Assessment / Evaluation)

Once you’ve written your manuscript and let it loose on your beta readers, you may want a professional eye to look over your story. A manuscript critique will generally address the following:

  • Content
  • Presentation/format
  • Plot pace and development
  • Characterisation
  • Target audience
  • Writing – structural strengths and weaknesses, grammar, supporting documents etc.

This will not involve a full developmental edit, but will address similar areas, set out in a written report that will allow you to see the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript.

Developmental Edit

This is an in-depth look at the big picture of your work. Here the editor will look areas such as plot, pace, structure, characterisation, point of view and writing style.

  • Content
  • Presentation/format
  • Plot pace and development
  • Characterisation
  • Target audience
  • Writing – structural strengths and weaknesses, grammar, supporting documents etc.

Work will be usually be carried out directly onto the manuscript to highlight areas for improvement and may give examples of changes that could be made. It will also be accompanied by a developmental report. Please note, I rarely carry out developmental edits.

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This happens once the copy has been written:

  • Corrects errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and style.
  • Makes sure the text is appropriate for the readership and easy to read (you don’t want it too technical for the layman, or dumbed down for the expert).
  • Ensures consistency throughout the document, both in terminology and style.
  • Checks all areas of your publication, including tables, graphs, captions, footers, references, bibliographies etc.

I work directly on your manuscript in Word using tracked changes. This allows you to see where improvements can be made, but ensures you remain in control as you can accept or reject the changes that I have recommended.


The final check before going to print:

  • Compares the proofs to the edited copy. Makes sure that errors haven’t crept in, either working directly with the edited material or working ‘blind’.
  • Checks for errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and style. Looks for inconsistencies throughout the document.
  • Checks the flow of the document, makes sure that all the pages, tables, figures, graphs etc. are there and numbered correctly.

At this final stage I usually work on PDF copies of the manuscript to ensure it is ready to go to print. Amendments will be noted using either Adobe’s commenting tools, or in the way you prefer to work.



Right at the beginning you may need help getting your ideas ‘out there’. Know what you want to say, but don’t quite know how to put it on paper? Simply haven’t got the time or the inclination? Working together with you I can help you re-write your copy or write it for you.


Book Interior Design

Created in InDesign, you will be supplied with a print ready PDF file ready to upload to your publishing platform.

Design is offered in the following categories:

  • Simple (formatting only) – I will format your book from your finished document. There will be no design element, but layout will be corrected ensuring paragraphs and chapters are spaced properly, page numbers are added and all text is correctly placed.
  • Simple – no images, black ink only (such as a novel). Taking the theme of your book and your preferences I will create a number of designs (usually 2–4) for you to choose from.  The chosen design will then be used to format your book.
  • Complex – text only (such as non-fiction books with references, notes or more complicated layouts). As above, but for complex texts.
  • Images – these will be charged for separately.

Kindle and ePub Formatting

I will take your finished manuscript and convert it to allow you to upload it to your publishing platform of choice.


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Returning: The Journey of Alexander Sinclair (interior design and cover layout)

I can also proofread/edit your website, ensuring that links work and navigation is easy for your visitors.

I also offer a transcribing service for old documents, so if you are having trouble deciphering that old will or letter I can transcribe it for you.

How I work on your documents

I work with hard copy (that’s the physical document, the one you hold in your hand) or Word documents (or compatible files) and PDFs, marking up (or tracking the changes in a Word doc) to allow you to see where improvements can be made. These are always only recommendations, it’s up to you whether you decide to go with the changes or not … your work will always be yours. We’ll work closely so that I know what you need and you are comfortable with the process. When I design your book I use InDesign to create a print-ready PDF file ready for uploading.

Sometimes editing becomes a mix: a light edit may be called a proof-edit, developmental editing is where we look at the big-picture items in your document (not look at the nitty-gritty of the copy-edit), and a critique will look at your work overall and see what works well and what doesn’t. If you need help and don’t know where your work fits into the sequence please feel free to contact me.

So what next?

Please contact me. We can then discuss your project requirements, after which I will be able to give you a no-obligation quote. For prices please see my pricing page.

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