Editing & proofreading

Copy-editing or proofreading?
What is the difference? As a copy-editor, I am an essential outside eye, ensuring your content speaks to readers clearly and concisely, the way you imagined it would. I make sure that vocabulary, capitalisation and style are consistent throughout. While checking the structure of sentences and paragraphs is sound, I correct any grammar or syntax errors. I may even suggest an alternative to a commonly repeated word, or comment on a factual inconsistency. In short, I help your writing shine.

Once the text is copy-edited and laid out, the proofreader catches and corrects any errors that may have slipped through. Your project may benefit from one or both of these services.

I generally use Word’s track changes when copy-editing so you, the writer, have the final say. I can also correct in PDF format using the Sticky Notes and Comments features, or if you prefer, on paper using the British Standards Institution (BSI) proof correction marks.

Document types I copy-edit and proofread include fiction and non-fiction, academic theses, website content, brochures, guides or any text you are preparing for publication. Below I talk about working with authors.

Editing fiction and non-fiction

An increasing proportion of my work is with authors who feel they are ready to publish a book. Perhaps you are preparing to approach an agent or publishing house? Or are you aiming to publish on a platform like Amazon’s Create Space or Ingram Spark? Having your book professionally edited is essential before choosing either of these paths. I will present you with a full editor’s report upon completing the first editing pass.

When editing a book, I can offer you either a simple copy-edit or additional developmental editing guidance. You choose. The latter means I examine narrative structure, plot, storytelling arc, character development, setting, back story and so on. I may suggest rewriting or rearranging chapters or sections. You may want to merge two characters, give another more prominence, delay information to increase suspense, or other suggestions.

My undergraduate degree is in Literature (Hons), awarded with First-Class Honours, and I have a post-grad in Comparative Literatures, also awarded with First-Class Honours, so I base my fiction editing on solid knowledge. See my Credentials.

While a large publishing company may commission several editing stages from developmental to proofreading, many independent authors cannot afford this. Depending on your project, you might benefit from one or more editing passes. I will be happy to provide an obligation-free quote.

Other publishing services

Since I have a passion for publishing, I have helped authors in these additional areas:

Print layout

A professional book requires a professional layout: well-designed front and back matter, properly adjusted margins, a suitable font, plenty of white space and so on. I will present you with a correctly formatted PDF file ready to be uploaded to your publishing partner.

Ebook formatting

A well-formatted ebook stands out and is a more comfortable reading experience. Rather than relying on the automatic formatting of large publishing platforms it is worthwhile taking the time to format your ebook properly.

Cover design

Readers do judge a book by its cover. I can recommend excellent professional cover designers for your project.

The Poble Sec Books portfolio details projects I have worked on, along with the specific tasks I undertook. Click on the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) to go to an external link.