Editing & Proofreading Service

Avoid embarrassing mistakes – get your copy checked

What's the difference between editing and proofreading?

When engaging a writer or editor, it’s important that you both have the right expectation of the final result.  People often assume that editing, proofing and copyediting is the same thing – but they are different animals.

The question is – are you looking for someone to improve the style, tone and flow of your writing, or do you just want someone to ensure your grammar and punctuation is correct? Or do you want both?  Generally speaking a document will be edited first and then proofread afterwards.

There is a definite difference between editing and proofreading.

Edit to improve your writing …

When you engage an editor, you should be looking for someone to review and change your text. The expectation is that this will improve the flow and overall quality of the writing.  An editor may remove whole sentences or rewrite entire paragraphs. A good editor will correct any obvious errors they come across, but their main goal is to use their experience and intuition to make sure the document makes sense to the audience you have identified, cut down on clutter and long winded sentences, and bring clarity to anything they find that could be ambiguous.

Proofread to spot and correct any mistakes …

Proofreading is a slightly different process. This is where the final draft of a document or piece of text is read to make there are absolutely no errors. A proofreader will look for spelling errors, punctuation errors, typos or incorrect use of regional English (i.e. making sure our are using British English rather than American English as appropriate).

Engaging a proofreader is particularly important if you’re not confident in your writing, or if English is not your first language.

The proofreading process can be done using apps and software, but I’ve found Word can be very unreliable – especially if the grammar rules have not been set up properly.  Apps you can buy can do the job, but tend to slow down your whole system and still miss important points, or make general changes that may not be appropriate to your geographical audience.

Proofreading can be done electronically — for example, using track changes in Microsoft Word, or other  — but occasionally it is done on a printed version (also referred to as a “hard copy”) or PDF.  If this is the case, you will need to become familiar with proofreaders’ marks, which are a collection of symbols and shorthand to indicate corrections. However, in my experience, clients prefer to have a Word version with track changes (or just even a final version) that they can use straight away.

So what is copyediting?

A copyeditor is someone who will proofread a document, but will also check the style and tone is consistent with other content from a company or publication. In the UK this is often known as ‘sub-editing’.

When engaging a copyeditor, make sure they have proofreading skills as well as the ability to write and edit different styles of writing.  A copyeditor will have knowledge of different types of style guides and may also check facts and figures and have specialist knowledge in particular business sectors that can add value to the service they provide.

Why Use an Experienced UK Writer for Your Editing and Proofreading?

You will find lots of cheap editing and proofreading services that are not UK based, or maybe they are automated and are not written by a native English speaker.  You will get cheap content, but you may have to rewrite or heavily edit the content. The benefit of using an editing and proofreading service in the UK is that it will be right first time. Plus you have someone to talk to who will understand your business and your audience.

Another advantage is that a UK based native English speaker will be more likely to understand your target market and business sector and how best to speak to them in writing. I have been writing for UK businesses for over 30 years and bring to the table both technical writing experience and a marketing degree. I understand the importance of getting your documents to read well, and your content correct, and the implications for your business when it is not.  I understand how to write content so that your reader will really get what you are trying to communicate.

Types of Documents to Edit and Proofread

Business

Mistakes in business documents reflect badly on your business, with your customers, and with your colleagues within the business. It sends a message that you don’t care and that you don’t pay attention to detail. This can negatively impact existing and prospective customers.  Make sure your documents are correct. For example, newsletters, website content, lead magnets, business and marketing plans, blog posts, proposals, quotes etc.

Academic Work

You have probably spent a great deal of time creating a document to share for peer review.  The last thing you need is for needless mistakes to take away the importance of the topic and content of your work.  Get it fully edited and proofread.  This includes any sort of academic papers, for example, essays, dissertations, theses, published papers and even magazine articles. Hand in your document with confidence – get it checked today.

Book Editing

No matter whether its your new business book, or your latest sizzling best seller block buster – it’s very important that your book is carefully checked to ensure readers enjoy their reading experience.  Lack of editing can result in poor online reviews from readers who see mistakes and are happy to point them out.  Get that extra set of eyes on your manuscript before it gets published.  Pricing is based on word count, so call for a quote.

Social Media

Social media is so public isn’t it?  We often post on a whim, or quickly between other activities. It’s embarrassing to later spot a typo or grammar error, or worse, a predictive text error that could be potentially embarrassing. Your social media online profiles are also really important and often viewed and they can potentially be important for SEO. Why not get your social media profiles and content professionally edited and proofread?

Editing and Proofreading Pricing

Business Editing and Proofreading: £10.99 per 1000 words

Book Editing and Proofreading: £12.99 per 1000 words

Academic Editing and Proofreading: £12.99 per 1000 words

Social Media Editing and Proofreading: 10.99 per 1000 words
Minimum purchase applies – but words edited are recorded to ensure value for money.

Personal statement or CV: Flat rate of £25

Call now for a more detailed quotation.

 

 

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