Expert editing, proofreading, and copy editing services focused on content for businesses, professionals, authors, job seekers, and others who need to know their content is error-free, the sentence and paragraph structure is correct, their copy flows, style guidelines are met, and regulatory rules applied.
I offer affordable proofreading and copy-editing service for website content, blogs, social media posts, marketing brochures, proposals, manuals, contracts, CVs and resumes, and more.
With so many businesses rushing to feed content to web browsers, many mistakes slip by and content errors harm your credibility and your SEO.
Whether you’re creating website content or a company blog, you want people and search engines to trust that the information on your website or in your blog is intelligent, accurate, and current. I fact-check all content, fix mistakes, and take it a step further to polish your copy and make sure it’s concise, consistent, and flows without diluting your message.
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My approach to copy editing and proofreading
I copy edit and proofread with the client’s voice in mind. I am careful to retain your insight, tone, individuality, and message while polishing your copy to a professional level. In fact, great copy editing is meant to make your message even stronger.
Think of proofreading and copy editing as quality control for content.
I love copy editing and proofreading, and you should too. Not in a way that you should want to do it, necessarily, but in the results. It’s a part of the creative process that ensures the final product is professional and ready for publication.
I get an enormous amount of satisfaction knowing I’ve contributed to the benefits my clients reap when their copy fulfills the purpose it is meant to achieve, be it driving sales or informing readers. Ultimately, it reflects very well on them and their business.
Good copy editing and proofreading can be the game-changer that lands a job-seeker a coveted position, thanks in large part to the quality of their CV or resume. It can be the advantage that makes your blog go viral—people read it, enjoy it, learn something from it, and share it with others on social media. Good copywriting can enhance the power of your website to a level of excellence that captivates target customers and vexes your competitors.
What’s not to love?
I have a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and more than 20 years’ experience as a professional copywriter, journalist, ghostwriter, content marketing strategist, copy editor. and proofreader, so your critical copy is in capable hands. I’ve been fortunate to work with a variety of clients including authors, business owners, medical, financial, and legal professionals, which means I bring a broad knowledge base to your table.
I’m seasoned, intuitive, and skilled at identifying and correcting common and not-so-common errors. I research, fact-check, and make suggestions to add clarity to your copy. My job is to ensure that your content and documents are readable, relevant, and written in a unified voice to best represent your organization’s corporate culture and grab the attention of your intended audience.
Overview of services:
• Writing, proofreading, editing, search engine optimizing, and testing website content • Proofreading, editing, and search engine optimizing blog content • Proofreading, editing, and search engine optimizing all types of online content • Proofreading CVs and resumes for online submission • Editing online legal and business documents • Proofreading, editing, and search engine optimizing medical websites and online documents • Proofreading, editing, revising, and search engine optimizing business and professional website content and online documents • Proofreading, revising, and search engine optimizing press releases to AP Style standards • Proofreading, editing, and revising/rewriting business manuals and other business documents • Proofreading and editing white papers • Proofreading and editing author manuscripts
My copy editing procedures are structured to ensure that your content is accurate, intelligent, flows well, and gives your readers a favorable impression. If you’re in a field with tight regulatory oversight, I make sure that your copy adheres to all applicable regulations and include disclaimers where necessary. Even if your copy is not subject to formal regulatory policy, I make sure it is free of any language that might pose a legal risk. If any material is unclear or confusing, I’ll ask for clarification.
Proofreading involves the most important elements of copy editing and writing, including:
Understanding your subject topic’s professional, economic or professional enterprise, corporate culture, and industry terminology
Examining the document. (This one may seem like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised by how many inexperienced or careless editors skip the requisite proofreading preliminaries and just dive into a project. This is the kind of negligence that can negatively impact the quality of your copy).
Proofreading areas of focus:
• Grammar • Punctuation • Spelling
• Typographical errors (typos)
• Verb agreement
• Comma uses and splices
• Grammatical mistakes
• Run-on sentences
• Punctuation and quotation marks
• Subject-verb disagreement
• Structure and theme
• Audience appropriateness
• Understanding your topic’s terminology
• All the general strategies of the proofreading process
Proofreading and editing services are focus-driven, and best performed over a reasonable spread of time. Unfortunately, there’s often a time crunch involved. The less time a proofreader has to review, edit, and correct a document, the greater the chance that something might be missed. This is a conundrum all proofreaders everywhere deal with. I utilize a checklist and my own method of proofreading, editing, then proofreading again and editing, repeatedly until I’m satisfied with the draft. Still, when a document is rushed, I encourage my clients to read the submitted drafts through carefully—a second set of eyes is the best safeguard against a rogue typo.
Depending on the size of the project, my turnaround time is generally 48 hours to one week.
On rush projects, I usually begin work within 1-3 hours of receiving the assignment, For very rushed projects, I may need to add a 10 percent surcharge, depending on the complexity, quality/caliber of the copy or time constraints. If a project requires a surcharge, I will explain the reasons before the work begins and discuss options with you if you’re like me and hate paying extra fees, Together we can come to an agreement with which we’ll both be happy. I require a 50 percent deposit on proofreading and copy editing assignments upfront and 50 percent upon completion.
On most projects, I usually begin work the same day the deposit is confirmed in PayPal. We’ll set a timeframe, milestones, and deadlines for the project’s completion in advance.
Although rewriting all or part of a document is not unusual in the editing process, rest assured II don’t jump right in and start changing your copy. Ibegin by establishing an understanding of the purpose and goal of your content. From there, I clarify any terms or information that may seem vague or ambiguous and make suggestions as ideas or refinements come to mind. I will rework/revise your material to produce the best outcome to achieve your desired results.
I consider the best proofreaders and editors to be accomplished writers with a keen eye for style and detail. My academic and professional, experience-based background fostered my well-honed writing and editing skills, attention to detail, and intuitive ability to understand what the author is trying to communicate. My personalized services are proven to ensure that your message and ideas are conveyed with professional precision. I deliver final drafts as you should expect them to be—ready for publication!
My Services Include:
• Correcting spelling, punctuation, verb agreement, and grammatical errors • Modifying.any.terminology,.jargon,.and semantics when applicable • Adjusting incorrect or confusing sentence and paragraph structure • Eliminating redundant words • Replacing repetitive words with appropriate synonyms • Fact-checking • Figure-checking • Search engine optimization • Refining weak words, phrases, and.sentences to maximize the impact of your copy or make it more relevant to your topic • Ensuring the text follows the publisher’s preferred style guide, whether it’s a personal set of rules or one of the more commonly used style guides such as AP or CMOS • Adding headers and subheaders to help.key topics stand out and to improve SEO
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You’re the boss
In some cases, clients should expect to see noticeable changes in their content. Be prepared to thoroughly read through your edited copy after I return it to you; I’m happy to address any concerns or questions you may have with the edited copy. Of course, no editing project is complete until the client approves and signs off on a final draft copy. I will work closely with you to achieve your intended goal.
Building relationships with my clients is important to me. While working as a freelance copy editor as well as working with editors as a writer I understand .the value of mutual trust. It’s all about communication and working toward the.same.goal—getting.your.copy to its intended audience in top form.
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