Stephen York Editorial Services: offering proofreading solutions

Proofreader or copyeditor?

Proofreading and copyediting are two distinct roles often confused with each other. Proofreaders focus on checking for errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, style consistency, and missing material. In contrast, copyeditors correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, ensure consistency in spelling, capitalization, font usage, and continuity in story elements. Copyediting involves more comprehensive checks to ensure overall story consistency and completeness.

Why you need a proofreader (even when using an AI)

A proofreader is essential for ensuring accuracy and quality in written content. They can detect errors, advise on correct word usage, improve readability, enhance contextual understanding, maintain consistent language style and tone, and ultimately create a better first impression for the reader. This applies to content generated by both humans and AI language models. Proofreading is crucial in refining and perfecting documents, regardless of their source.

Benefits of proofreading

Proofreading offers various benefits like improving accuracy and clarity of writing, providing objectivity, ensuring consistency, and saving time and money by detecting errors early. It also prevents potential damage to a business or brand from erroneous or unclear documents. A proofreader is usually the last line of defence, checking documents before publishing or circulation. He ensures that everything—from the language to the layout—is coherent and accurate. Poor proofreading can lead to misunderstandings, loss of credibility, and damage to a brand’s reputation.

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Editorial services (summary)

The provided editorial services include proofreading, proof-editing (proofreading with light editing), rewriting to condense, and creating a writing style guide to ensure consistency of message. These services are rendered on-screen, to be environmentally friendly. The business caters to students, educators, businesses, clubs, organizations, publishers, academics, authors, writers, and bloggers, proofreading a variety of documents. Copyediting and tasks such as indexing or page design are not included.

Proofreading for the education sector

Stephen York offers proofreading services for universities, academics and students in a variety of media and subjects, especially helpful when your first language is not English. Students can benefit from a proofreading discount.

Student proofreading

As a professional proofreader I can provide quality assurance for your assignments, dissertations, theses, essays and personal documents, by sorting out spelling, punctuation, and grammar issues. Personal service and confidentiality assured. Claim your 25% discount now!

Proofreading for businesses & clubs etc.

A proofreading service is available for businesses, organizations, clubs, charities, and individuals. The service ensures that documents are free from errors and inconsistencies. Proofreading is offered for a variety of materials, including press releases, business plans, emails, reports, presentations, and more. Special rates are available for charities, and services for jobseekers include proofreading application forms, CVs, and LinkedIn profiles. Payment terms vary based on the size of the business or individual. Contact now for more information.

Proofreading for publishers, academics and writers

Stephen York offers on-screen proofreading services plus style advice to book and journal publishers, academics, authors and writers in a wide range of subjects, with specialisms including business, economics, education, finance, history, marketing, real estate and social studies. Assistance with condensing also offered.

Students’ proofreading checklist

Here’s a useful checklist for students on how to submit their dissertations, theses and essays for proofreading and a few last-minute checks before doing so. Don’t forget your 25% discount!

Discounts & special offers

Students: 25% discount for all students' documents | Job-seekers: 2-page CV and covering letter proofread for a discounted price of £25.00, or with your LinkedIn profile as well for £30.00.

Details Of Subjects Covered, Recent & Past Projects & Resources

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Proofreading subject areas

With over 30 years of experience, I specialize in proofreading a wide range of subject areas. These include accounting, astronomy, banking, business, economics, finance, history, marketing, military, philosophy, politics, property management, theology, and more. I am also experienced in proofreading non-academic books on various topics such as classic cars, crafts, gardening, pets, and sports.

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Recent proofreading projects

Recently completed proofreading projects include various education modules, such as courses on marketing insights and finance in the oil and gas industry. Additionally, there have been projects involving books on business, finance, economics, education, history, literary studies, poetry, marketing, philosophy, ethics, politics, religion, and theology. Reports and journals, both academic and vocational, have also been worked on. These projects encompass a wide range of subjects and disciplines.

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Portfolio: Academic and professional

Portfolio of past proofreading projects in academic and professional subjects, including accounting, finance, banking, investment, business, management, economics, environment, health, history, law, marketing, philosophy, politics, real estate, social and cultural studies, theology and religion.

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Portfolio: Education

This proofreading portfolio includes various education titles, including books, journals, and reports. It encompasses a range of topics such as management, social science, private education, early childhood education, and more. Some notable titles include “Guiding Readers: Layers of meaning”, “Teachers Undefeated”, “Towards the Compassionate School”, and “Which Book and Why”. The portfolio also features publications from UCL / Institute of Education Press and National Children’s Bureau.

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Portfolio: Trade publishing

This post showcases a diverse trade publishing portfolio. It includes calendars featuring pop, rock, movie stars, cartoons, glamour, brands, and humor. The book section covers classic cars, motorcycles, and various sports such as fishing and sailing. Travel, tourism, exploration, gardening, pets, and sports are also covered.

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Resources & Links

This page features links to a blog post on Tips for writers that provides useful advice on writing reports and tips for designing them. Links to resources for compiling CVs are also provided. The post recommends the University of Oxford Style Guide and the BBC News Style Guide for punctuation and grammar. A style sheet for authors is available for maintaining consistency. Design resources like Canva and Unsplash are mentioned. Additionally, links to professional writing bodies like the Alliance of Independent Authors and the Society of Indexers are provided for further support.


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No doubt you want your documents and publications to be the best they can be, and as accurate, clear, concise, and error-free as possible. As a skilled and meticulous proofreader, I understand the importance of delivering high-quality content. I can handle all your proofreading requirements, whether they pertain to books, business reports and documents, academic journal articles, or students’ documents such as essays, dissertations, and theses.

With my extensive experience in the publishing industry spanning over 30 years, you can rest assured that your documents and publications will receive the utmost care, consideration, and attention to detail. I can adapt my proofreading approach to suit your specific needs and budget.

When proofreading your work, I pay close attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure to ensure that your content is polished and error-free. I will also examine the overall flow and coherence of your writing, making suggestions to enhance clarity and readability whenever necessary.

Confidentiality is of utmost importance, and I guarantee the confidentiality of all the documents I work on. You can trust that your intellectual property will remain protected throughout the proofreading process.

By entrusting your documents to me, you can have peace of mind knowing that they will receive the final polish necessary to leave a positive and lasting impression on your readers. Don’t let typos, grammar mistakes, or inconsistencies undermine the effectiveness of your written content. Let me help you ensure that your documents and publications shine.

Contact Stephen York Editorial Services with details of the project you need proofreading.

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