Editorial services (summary)

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Editorial services

What editorial services are provided?

Editorial services offered by Stephen York, including proofreading, proof-editing, style guides, and rewriting to condense.


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.

Does your document require some enhanced proofreading to include light editing?
I can rewrite your document to reduce the word count and check it for spelling and punctuation errors.

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.

Creating a writing style guide

Having your own house / writing stylesheet is key to achieving consistency of message and brand image, ensuring all in-house and out-of-house contributors towards a document use the same style. Let me help you to create one using your preferences.

Do you need a style guide preparing to ensure consistency of your documents?
I offer proofreading services to various client sectors, including students, authors, writers, bloggers, publishers, businesses, clubs, organizations and the education sector.

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.
I proofread a variety of media, including books, reports, brochures, journals, and students' documents.

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
  • development editing.