When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
—Enrique Jardiel Poncela
Welcome to my editing and proofreading website. I specialise in plain English, from basic error correction to full copy-editing. If you ever feel unsure about commas, clauses, or capital letters, want your syntax to be more concise and elegant, or just need to make sure no mistakes have crept in, I can help.
It takes time and proficiency to create effective, error-free prose. Many writers struggle to spot their mistakes and to structure their sentences optimally. They hope that readers will overlook errors and logical gaps and grasp the intended sense. But that won’t happen automatically, and the resulting text may frustrate readers and damage credibility.
The converse is also true: when writing is carefully proofread and precisely edited, it flows from the page or screen and stands out from the ordinary. Editing not only strengthens a writer’s points, making them clear, correct, and consistent, it also shows respect for readers’ time and attention. The writing becomes a pleasure to read instead of a slog.
As a professional writer, experienced editor and proofreader, and qualified scientist and teacher, I understand the importance of lucid prose, the properties that underline it and the problems that undermine it. Clear communication is central to my work, and I take pleasure in bringing this quality to people’s writing.
As part of my copy-editing and proofreading services, I can:
• remove typos
• fix misspellings
• ensure proper punctuation
• correct grammatical mistakes
• assess word choice
• enhance layout
• rearrange awkward syntax
• tackle jargon and abstraction
• ensure consistent style and formatting
• remove ambiguity and vagueness
• eliminate gobbledygook.
To see what this could mean for your writing, you can read testimonials from my clients. For more about what’s involved, see the FAQ. If you have any questions not answered here, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Thanks for visiting.