Editing services

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.

A professional editor makes sure your message is understood.

Full length novels

Whether seeking a publisher or doing it yourself, your manuscript needs that final polish only a professional editor can provide.

BIOGRAPHIES

The mundane facts and figures of past lives, your own or someone else’s, require a story-teller’s touch to make them ‘sing’ on the page and grab the reader’s interest.

Self-Help Books

Too many facts and opinions can cloud the message and overwhelm the reader. An expert editor will bring clarity and enhance understanding regardless of the topic.

Academic Theses

The content may be beyond the scope of a layperson but the grammar, punctuation and phrasing demand the attention of a skilled wordsmith.

Family Histories

Transforming dates and place names into a lively tale of past lives needs the expert touch of an editor who has ‘been there, done that’.

Manuscripts

It is said everyone has a book somewhere inside them, but the temptation to be ‘literary’ sometimes needs to be curbed. A sympathetic but strong editor can turn purple prose into words of gold.

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  • I provide a service for anyone who seeks help with the written word, regardless of theme or genre, from a press release, menu, submission or flyer through to a full length book or thesis. Please feel free to briefly outline your needs here so that I can give you an accurate estimate of the price.
  • It would greatly help if you could attach a sample, perhaps the opening chapter or an extract of no more than 3000 words.
    Accepted file types: doc, pdf.

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