I can ensure that written information is easily readable, logical, concise and free from errors by paying minute attention to the details. This helps to more effectively engage with the target readership and project a strong message by providing clear information. Proofreading is usually a final 'quality control' check before the information is released or published. As a professional, efficient, reliable and accurate proofreader with more than 15 years' experience, I can:
• amend errors in punctuation and grammar;
• correct misspelled words and variant spellings;
• review and correct any format, spacing or layout issues;
• ensure consistency throughout (for example, in terms of style, capitalisation and hyphenation);
• draw attention to omissions and awkward sentences or content.
Text can be annotated using the 2005 British Standards Institution (BSI) proof-correcting symbols (BS 5261C:2005) or another method of the client's choice. I can work on paper or electronic files, 'blind' or against copy. In Word I use the Track Changes function and in PDF documents I can use PDF BSI proof-correcting symbols or the standard commenting features.
I can work to the requirements of style guides and house styles, and can follow rules or preferences regarding spelling and punctuation.
Unsure about the differences between proofreading and copy-editing? The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) explains the varying characteristics and functions of proofreading and copy-editing.
Content, Feature and Copywriting:
I write and research concise, engaging and convincing copy, content and features in many subject areas and for a variety of audiences. Having trouble getting the words down on paper? Don’t know where to start and staring at a blank computer screen? My skill with words could be the solution!
I can write blogs, feature articles, website content, newsletters, press releases, reports, business and promotional literature, and much more besides. In addition, I am able to write and rewrite in plain English and amend existing copy to simplify language that is jargon-heavy or otherwise complex.