Rather than spend hours editing this old blog post, which corrupted when moving the new website, I’ll just add a little introduction about myself.
Hi, I specialise in plain-language editing, documents for businesses and charities, thesis and dissertation proofreading, and non-native English. Before becoming a freelance editor I worked for five years in academia, and 9 years in complex administration work. I work on a range of different documents with businesses, charities, public-sector organisations, students and fiction authors. Recent projects include proofreading literature such as Miss Darcy’s Beaux for author Eliza Shearer. Please get in touch to have a chat about how I can help with your project.
Dr Emma’s Qualifications
Sociology PhD (Warwick University), Writing MA (St Andrews University), proofreading and editorial skills (Chapterhouse Publishers), interdisciplinary academic writing course (ESRC North-East Doctoral Training Centre, Durham University), social sciences postgraduate writing workshop (Monash University, Prato, Italy). Author of three books: Temptation & Mozzarella, Seascape and Shattered Roses. In addition, I have run writing workshops at Warwick University, Exeter University, Huntercombe Hospital and Scottish Widows. You can check out my other qualifications at LinkedIn.
Because each project is different, I will agree the price with you individually. My price is based on how complex the document is, how long it is and how urgently you need me to return it. To quote an exact price I ask for what you would like to be checked in the document, the word limit, deadline (very important!) and a writing sample. Please get in touch to have a chat about how I can help with your project. Send all queries to email@example.com PROOFREADING in the subject line.
The most basic form of editing, a Proofread will see us correcting commonplace errors in your manuscript, in regards to grammatical mistakes and punctuational mishaps.
If you want a little bit more than a basic proofread, but not a substantive review of your entire manuscript. In addition to correcting grammatical and punctuational errors, a copy-edit will review your manuscript for continuity errors and will ensure consistency of formatting. Awkward sentences will be brought to your attention, and suggestions provided to rewrite weak, confusing or convoluted segments in your manus0cript.
- Editing for punctuation & grammar
- Editing for continuity & consistency
- Editing for complicated syntax & style
Universities have guidelines on what cannot be altered, such as the argument of the thesis which should be the researcher’s own thoughts, so please check your institutions guidelines allow proofreading.
- Checking spelling
- Editing non-native English
- Editing structure sentence-native to improve grammar (not re-writing the argument)
- Consistency of style e.g. use of italics for book titles
- Highlighting ambiguities (unclear meaning) and monotonous repetition
Please get in touch to have a chat about how I can help with your project. Send all queries to firstname.lastname@example.org with PROOFREADING in the subject line please.