Hello and welcome! My name is Jane, and I’m an editor and proofreader living in the Cambridgeshire fens.
I work with independent writers, helping them craft their work to the highest standards, concentrating on the reader’s experience, while all the time retaining the writer’s voice and style. I understand how overwhelming the publishing world can be, and I offer a friendly, understanding ear to help you navigate the best path for you and your book, whether that be traditional or self-publishing.
I work with publishers too, and even run my own small publishing house, so you can be sure I understand the entire process.
I also work with businesses and community groups on guides, brochures, newsletters and websites, applying the highest standards of spelling, punctuation and grammar and checking for clarity and suitability for their intended audience.
The services I offer
I offer services in copy-editing, proofreading and book formatting. I also offer a consultation service, or a complete project management service should you require, tailor-made to your needs.
In a nutshell, copy-editing involves working carefully through the material, checking for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors, stylistic issues, plot holes and other problems, with a focus on improving the clarity and readability and ensuring it is fit for purpose. A copy-editor should not interfere with an author’s voice or style or do any extensive rewriting.
Proofreading is a final check for accuracy and consistency, fixing any errors and omissions before publication.
Book formatting is the art of turning the raw manuscript into a book, laying the text out on the page and dealing with issues such as page size, margins, font choice and so on.
You may want one or more of these services, or even a bespoke mix. To help you decide, please take a look at the links in the menu for more information.
I have over 20 years experience in working on fiction and non-fiction books, newsletters, brochures, magazine articles, websites and more. I have trained in both editing and proofreading with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), and I also run my own small indie publishing house, so I understand the publishing process from start to finish. I also know how nerve-wracking it can be!
Please feel free to browse my site, including the FAQs. I offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation, and/or a free 1000-word sample edit or proofread of your manuscript. Please contact me if you’d like to know more, or if you’d like to understand more about how you could benefit from hiring me!
As a member of the SfEP, I abide by its Code of Practice.