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Proofreading and Editing - Helen Sewell

Proofreading and Editing

I offer a bespoke proofreading and editing service for book manuscripts, both fiction and non-fiction, and any kind of written work whatsoever. From websites to articles, books to pamphlets, CVs to job applications, I am here for you. Go here for an explanation of proofreading versus editing.

Want to know more about academic proofreading? Find out more about proofreading services for students or academics.

In brief, if you want your grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary errors corrected, you have come to the right place. If you want a little more, such as making your work read and flow better, that is all part of the service.

Here is a non exhaustive list of some of the things I can proofread and edit

CVs
Job applications and covering letters
Leaflets or pamphlets
Web site content
Articles
Books
Magazines
Essays
Dissertations
Bulletins

So what do I offer?

I can offer the following:

  1. Highlighted errors with suggestions but no actual corrections made
  2. Corrections made only to grammar, spelling and vocabulary
  3. Corrections made as in 2 and document edited for flow, accuracy and sense (this is known as copyediting)
  4. Any of the above with explanations of changes made as well
  5. A more in depth edit, possibly involving rewriting or "reworking" parts of your document.

Generally most people ask for me to correct and edit their document. If you require it, I will use track changes* which keeps a record of all the changes I've made, so you can see. I can also provide detailed explanations of the changes I made and why. Obviously this takes longer and so costs a bit more.

You will get the document with all the changes recorded in it if required (you will need to have your own copy of Word or other compatible word processing software in order to see this - please state clearly when ordering that you want track changes enabled). I am sure you will be happy with my recommendations (corrections) but having the changes recorded and your original document allows you to choose to revert to part or all of the original if you wish to.

Why Bother with Proofreading?

In these days of spelling and grammar checkers, some people wonder what the point is of paying a professional to correct their work or copy for them. Unfortunately there is a world of difference between correct spelling and grammar and what these checkers can achieve. Look for example at the amount of spell checked documents that retain American English. That's not really giving a great impression if you are a UK site, author, service or student. Grammar checkers are frequently wrong and do not account for sense and flow of documents. And checking your spelling isn't going to weed out mistakes like mixing up there, their and there. If you are an author, bad grammar and spelling makes your work less attractive to agents and publishers. Why let your brilliant story be ruined or even immediately passed over when it could so easily be put right? If you have any doubts about the correctness of your written work, in order to maximise your impact on your readers, you cannot go wrong by getting your work checked over by a professional.

*this is a feature in Word etc. that allows you to record edits to a document as you make them.