Every piece of documentation that leaves your office is an advertisement for the way you work. Sloppy writing can mislead customers and clients, and will be off-putting to some.
I can help you maintain a professional standard of publication. I am an experienced writer, editor and proofreader, and I am happy to work flexibly in a way that suits you.
I can read your text, checking for sense, spelling, grammar and punctuation. I can check that the text is written in a style that is aimed at your target market, and make suggestions for changes if necessary; this includes the use of plain English.
This is where you are pretty happy with your text but you would like a fresh pair of eyes to look at it to check for typos, spelling, punctuation, grammar and sense. This is a final check, and is not as in-depth as a copy-edit. If you are not sure which level of checking you need, send me a sample and we can discuss it.
Rewriting and writing
If you are not happy with your text, you can send it to me to rewrite in a form aimed at your target market, using plain English and ensuring spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct.
Alternatively, you can send me the information in various formats and I can write the piece for you.
Company style sheet
If you do not already have one, I can create a style sheet that can be used by your staff and freelancers to ensure that there is a consistent look to your range of documentation. The style would include preferred spellings, words to avoid, style of heading, layout of text, and so on.
How I work
I will work on screen and transfer files via email or electronic file transfer, although if you prefer to post me a hard copy I am happy to work on paper instead. I will use track changes in the word processing program so you can see exactly what changes I have made and accept each one or not. If your document is already designed, I can check it as a PDF and use Acrobat commenting to make suggestions for changes. Where I think it is needed, I will supply a note of why I think the change is advisable.
You can hire me for one-off jobs, or as your regular editor where we have a system of you sending me work as and when it arises, or for a regular specific job (for example, writing or checking a blog).
As well as being an experienced writer, editor and proofreader (all on various media and for a wide range of companies), I am a fast and proficient touch typist, am familiar with basic web design, have worked in a variety of offices (as a secretary and bookkeeper), and have advanced qualifications in the Microsoft suite of programs. I have a special interest in training (via classroom, distance learning, reference books and online using teaching programs or instructional blogs).
All work and conversations with your office will be kept confidential.