Why use a professional editor and proofreader?

Professional editors and proofreaders provide an ‘independent eye’ that can spot inadvertent mistakes, as well as improve and correct text.

This is because:

  • We are not familiar with the text, and so are not blinded by what the writer meant to write, or assumes has been written.
  • As we are removed from the subject matter, we can see whether the text has a logical flow, is easily understood by a ‘novice’ reader, and is concise and free of unnecessary jargon.
  • We are trained to check everything and question what we’re not sure about in your copy, anything that doesn’t look right, or things that are just wrong.
  • Unlike your staff who may be asked to edit and proofread, we are focused on reviewing your publications rather than trying to fit it in with other responsibilities.

Typos often get through in publications (perfection is unrealistic); however, errors in your copy are unnecessary and distract your readers from the message you are delivering.

What would readers think of your company if your publications were confusing or contained unnecessary mistakes?


What does a copy editor do?

In the engaging memoir Stet: An Editor’s Life, Diana Athill provides a delightful (in its simplicity) description of what copy editors do.

I would like to reproduce it for you here (I’ve chosen to lay out each point to break up the text): Continue reading “What does a copy editor do?”

Editing The Ernest Hemingway Way

I haven’t tried writing drunk yet, but can imagine that a sobering edit might very well be required.

Having been taken by his depiction in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, and having recently read A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway evokes for me Parisian cafes, carafes of wine, and hours labouring over prose. He could spend hours working on a paragraph to get it just right.

Editing is a sober and sobering business!

Image sourced from garancedore.tumblr.com (originally posted by milkstudios ‘Whatever you say, Ernest Hemingway’)

First published 5 Sep 2012; republished 5 Jul 2016



Online: Be Like The New Yorker

Read about a publication that is working to maintain its quality journalistic and publication standards in its online version.

 ‘Digital Vintage’ by Nick Miller tells how The New Yorker magazine, with its old-fashioned publishing values, still works hard to maintain its standards with its web version. Continue reading “Online: Be Like The New Yorker”