Editorial services

What editorial services are provided?


Proofreading is the close, detailed checking of documents or publications to rectify incorrect spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency errors, already covered on the Benefits of proofreading page.

If you are unsure of the difference between proofreading and copyediting, see the page Proofreader or copyeditor on this site. I do not handle copyediting.

Please note that I only handle proofreading and editorial services on screen, not on paper. This is more environmentally friendly.

Proof-editing (proofreading with light editing)

Sometimes your budget will not allow you to have documents copyedited and proofread. I offer a hybrid solution where I carry out a light edit while proofreading – improving readability, clarity, and flow often referred to as proof-editing This will cost a little more and take longer, but it may be the way for you.

This service is more suited to documents than books, especially those that are fiction or academic. It is not a substitute for full copyediting and does not include rewriting.

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Rewriting to condense

You may want to condense your document to reduce the word count by sticking to the main ideas but reducing the “padding” of superfluous words and phrases, and duplication.


You may wish to use your ideas but with fresh words in order to avoid resemblance to original or source material.

All editorial services are subject to my Terms and Conditions of Business.

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Service sectors

Please click on the following links according to which client sector applicable:

What will I proofread?

The following are a few examples of documents I will proofread:

  • advertising literature
  • books
  • brochures
  • CVs, letters, and applications
  • handbooks
  • distance learning materials
  • journals
  • magazines
  • reports
  • students’ assignments, dissertations, essays, and theses.
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What can you expect from proofreading?

Not perfection, but as close as is humanly possible perhaps.

Please note that proof correction does not include:

  • copyediting (please see the page Proofreader or copyeditor? for the distinction between them)
  • copyright permissions
  • indexing
  • literary appraisal or criticism
  • page design and layout
  • rewriting and development editing.