You know what it’s like. The mounting panic as you glare at that huge document that has to be gone over with a fine-tooth comb, losing the will to live with every passing second.
If you have words that need to be checked — you’ve come to the right place. I can make those horrid editing tasks simply disappear from your overloaded plate. Copyediting and proofreading.
Copyediting involves a friendly-yet-impartial set of eyes looking over your text, and suggesting improvements.
It includes stuff like fact-checking, making sure the formatting is consistent, and ensuring that your document reads well and adheres to any style guides that you have to follow. Do those URLs listed in your text actually work? Is that person’s name spelt correctly? Are all the words in chapter titles in caps or not? Does that sentence even make sense?
Oh god, it’s all so tedious.
Don’t worry — I’ll sort it all out, so you don’t have to.
You send me your Word document — phew, one less thing to worry about — and I work on it, with Track Changes on, so you can see everything that I’ve done. And it’s up to you to approve or reject my edits — so you still retain control over the final document, and which of my edits you choose to accept.
Proofs are the final print out of a document before it goes to print. So proofreading is the final final check of your document before you publish it online or in paper form. By this stage it’s not only too late for major edits to the text — you’re also heartily sick of the sight of the damn thing.
If you have to read it one. more. time. you’re going to scream.
You don’t even want to know whether the fonts for the captions consistent throughout the book. Do the page numbers in the table of contents match the actual pages they appear on? Honestly? Who cares? Is that word really spelt that way? Meh. Is that semi-colon in the right place? What about those apostrophes? Are all the brackets properly paired? Oh god, make it stop.
Well, lucky for you, I do care about those nit-picky annoying things.
Hand the wretched thing over here, and get back to doing the things you actually enjoy. And I’ll handle this.
So, click here to drop me an email, or give me a call (0468 697 600 within Australia), and tell me all about it. And I’ll make you a soothing cup of tea, then draw up an obligation-free quote for you to consider, and we can take it from there. I’ve got this, and will do a top-notch, professional job with your work. So you can relax.
Don’t just take my word for it …
Denise is a massive asset for my business. It’s very rare to find someone who has such a broad range of skills, from editing a document with a fine-tooth comb, wrangling an index to graphic design. With Denise, it’s not just what she can do, but the way she goes about it. She’s fun to work with, has a wicked sense of humour, and is ultra-professional. — Matt Fenwick, True North Writing
Denise joined the team to help edit and rewrite large amounts of content for a website redevelopment project. Her personal communication skills came to the fore, dealing sensitively with subject matter experts, to develop clear website content that was also technically accurate — a challenge.
Denise worked closely with the web project team, and her bright cheerful manner was a bonus. I recommend Denise’s work as a copywriter and editor. — Wendy Pang, Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department
Just in case you were wondering (you probably weren’t, but I’m OK with that), I’m a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Editors.