Professional quality proofreading and language consultancy from Stephen York Editorial Services


If you are looking for professional proofreading services from a highly experienced editorial freelance then look no further. I offer quality proofreading, light editing, and language consulting services and will help to root out the last remaining, potentially embarrassing and damaging, errors and inconsistencies in your documents and publications.

Having worked on over 2000 publications and documents in business, academic, and educational publishing media I have the experience to bring solutions to your editorial problems and quality assurance issues.

If you are struggling to get your message across clearly and concisely in your written communications and publications, engaging an editorial freelance like myself, who can bring a fresh and objective view, could be the answer.



I offer an online proofreading service and welcome enquiries for proof correction from various client types. Please click on one of the following links for the type of service that you require:

Authors, writers, and academics

Businesses, organizations, agencies, and charities

Educational institutions 



Specialist proofreading subjects include:

  • accounting and finance
  • banking and investment
  • business, management, and marketing
  • economics
  • education
  • philosophy
  • real estate and property management.

Many other subjects will be accepted or considered. If you are unsure about the proofreading process then find out here: how the proofreading corrections are marked up.

The importance of proofreading

Why is proofreading important in business? Well, you only get one chance to impress a new client or subscriber and it is so easy to alienate an existing one with an inaccurate or confusing document.

Proofreading tips

There are steps you can take to reduce the chances of publishing or circulating error-ridden documents, including:

  • Reading the document back at a later time so you can approach it with a fresh view.
  • Placing a piece of paper over unread sections as you read line by line to ensure your attention does not wander.
  • Using spellcheckers on your work, but do not rely on them as they are not infallible and are limited in their understanding of the use of language.
  • Some recommend reading the document in reverse, i.e. back to front. However, there are dangers in this in not spotting inconsistencies of fact or sequencing (e.g. section and page numbers) and I do not use or recommend this approach.

Benefits and advantages of proofreading

There are many advantages and benefits of proofreading. These include making the document the best it can be, which can also make you a better writer.

Be safe, hire a professional proofreader

If you have drafted the document you will often read what you expect to see when checking it back rather than seeing the errors that are there. Hiring a professional to check and correct your proofs can eliminate the spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors, and consistency issues that you might not have spotted on your own. A proofreader can also recommend better and more efficient ways for you to express yourself and communicate your message.

All documents can benefit from objective, third-party input

Language consulting services

If your existing templates and documents need updating or modernizing then check my language consulting services.



I regularly publish entertaining and informative blog articles on the English language, often with a humorous slant, from a proofreader’s point of view. Recent subjects have included tips for writers, acidic quotations from authors on other authors, marketing ideas for freelances, achieving the work–life balance, and much more. Why not pay a visit?