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What is well conceived can be expressed clearly and the words to say it flow with ease.

Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux​

Clear and well-written texts and websites communicate effectively. They reflect a good understanding of the subject, give the impression that careful thought has gone into what is being said, and inspire confidence in a reader. Correct spelling and grammar are crucial to the credibility of a website, and a single mistake can undermine trust dramatically.

Why you need an editor

Many people find it difficult to express themselves well in writing. As an editor, I can help you to say what you mean clearly and coherently. Most of us would hesitate to tackle wiring or plumbing tasks in the home ourselves, and would rather employ a professional electrician or plumber for such specialized work. An editor is a text engineer who can help you use words to get your message across.

Even if you are an experienced writer, your closeness to the work can make it difficult for you to see problems. A fresh pair of eyes can spot mistakes and inconsistencies, and identify potential improvements, much more quickly and easily.

I offer copy-editing, proofreading, web editing and proofing, and transcription services. I can also rewrite and re-purpose or re-style any document for print or online circulation. I have over 30 years of freelance editorial experience with academic books, reports, catalogues, and many other kinds of publications.

About me

I have a BA and MA in English, and over 30 years’ experience of copy-editing and proofreading different kinds of publications. My expertise is mainly in the humanities and social sciences, and I have worked on academic and reference books (including dictionaries and bibliographies), journals, reports, illustrated books, exhibition catalogues, and websites.

My clients have included Bodleian Library Publishing, Bristol University Press/Policy Press, The British Library, Cambridge University Press, Council of Europe, Inter-Varsity Press, Manchester University Press, Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Polity Press, SPCK, TMF Group, and Wiley Blackwell.

I have been freelance since 1986, and joined the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), formerly the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), in 1989. Since 2012 I have been an Advanced Professional Member (currently the highest grade).

I abide by the CIEP Code of Practice.

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Illuminated initial engraved by Robert Maynard for The Stealing of the Mare (Gregynog Press, 1930)