An Introduction

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 more substantive editing. If you have any questions not answered here, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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 assume or hope that readers will overlook errors and grasp the intended sense. But it doesn’t work that way, 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 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.

If you ever feel uncertain about commas, hyphens, and semicolons, want your syntax to be more concise and elegant, or just need to make sure no mistakes have crept in, I can help. As part of my 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 some testimonials from my clients; for more about what’s involved, please see the FAQ. Thank you for visiting.