Words are my business. I bring more than 50 years’ experience to helping you put the final shine on all your printed, published and spoken material
No matter how you are trying to communicate via the written word, make sure it is the right word. Ensure whatever you write is fully understood by those you intend to reach.
Bad punctuation, incorrect grammar, wrong spellings and the misuse of words are the major crimes. Too many sentences are full of hyperbole that says nothing or obscures the intended meaning.
Technical language needs simplifying. Jargon has to be eliminated. Don’t use two words when one will suffice. Avoid close repetition of words and phrases. Transform long and cumbersome sentences into shorter, snappier ones.
All this is the work of an editor.
Spellcheck is only a small and fallible part of the answer.
Over several decades I have edited historical romances, crime fiction, fantasies, self-help books, science fiction, young adult adventures, love stories, biographies and auto-biographies, medical journals, memoirs, technical tomes, academic theses, travel tales and mental health manuals.
Always there is close liaison with authors in putting the final polish on their work regardless of genre or topic, and a constant awareness that it is their creation, not mine.
Everything needs editing.
Our newspapers and television screens are littered with incorrect grammar from advertisers and their agencies. Restaurant menus, shop signs, direct mail flyers and posters everywhere are rife with errors.
Simplicity means sales and satisfied customers. Make it clear and concise to prevent your help lines being flooded by angry customers.
Finding the right words and gathering them into a readable order can be a daunting task. Too much information can be as much a fault as too little.
For firm but careful nurturing of your creation, entrust your manuscript to those who love words and who have had a lifetime’s experience of tailoring their writing to the needs of the market.