I offer a professional writing and editing service, ensuring your words, in whatever medium, meet professional industry-recognized standards. Do you find yourself wincing at spelling mistakes in an otherwise enjoyable novel? Do you quickly move on from blogs or websites that confuse you with poor grammar? Then you already know why editing matters.

Professional editing services are employed by major publishers as standard. There's a reason for that. Distracted or irritated readers and customers make for bad business. They leave negative reviews. They take their eyes and wallets elsewhere.

Whether you’re a self-publishing author or a small business, working with an independent editor will lift your words and leave your readers and customers wanting more.

This is where I can help. Think of me as the covert weapon in your communication arsenal. I’ll make sure your words are fully primed for their mission, whether that’s entertaining, informing or selling. Quality always matters.

What kind of editing service do you need?

Editing is an ill-defined term but, in the publishing world, it usually refers to a process which includes developmental/structural editingcopy-editing and, the final stage, proofreading. A structural edit may involve a comprehensive rewrite, a proofread, only minor corrections, but the objective is always the same - to improve the quality and readability of the final copy and to ensure its message is clear. If you're not quite sure what you need, take a look at the 'What is Proofreading? FAQ'.


Let's edit ...

My experience includes copy-editing, proof-editing and proofreading trade fiction, memoirs, blogs, websites and marketing collateral. I've worked in-house at Strata Books and in August 2016 I launched my freelance editorial business. I edit in Word using track changes and use industry-standard style guides. For business clients, I’m happy to work in Word, InDesign or directly with Wordpress, Squarespace and Drupal CMS.

I'm an intermediate member of the Society for Editors & Proofreaders which means I work to industry-recognised editorial standards. 

I'd love to quote for your project. It would be helpful if you could include the following information with your enquiry

  • Book/thesis title or website link
  • Genre/subject or business areas
  • Number of words to be edited
  • Format (MS Word, Online)
  • Earliest start date
  • Preferred deadline for completion
  • (Authors) Details of any editing work already completed (e.g., structural edit, copy-edit) and manuscript length. 

If I think we're a good fit, I'll contact you with an estimate or to request further details. For book projects, I'll also request a sample chapter(s) - this will help me assess how much input is required and prepare a more accurate estimate.  If I think you need a more experienced editor or a subject specialist, I'll let you know and, where possible, make a recommendation.

Additional Services

  • If you're an author planning to publish to Kindle or Smashwords, I can format your file so it's ready for uploading. 
  • Need a simple author website? Talk to me about creating a stylish, easy to update website.

Thanks for visiting and look forward to hearing from you!


TESTIMONIALS

“Polly proofread and copy-edited two of my novels. On both occasions, she did an excellent job. Not only was she extremely detailed and conscientious, she never lost sight of the tone and energy of the work. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any writer looking for someone to give their work a forensic going over - not only in regards to grammar and style but also logic and facts.

Her ability to make creative suggestions is another skill she possesses. Never prescriptive, and always in tune with the writer’s needs, her input is always valuable, and more often than not, results in the novel being hugely improved."

— Simon Fellowes
author Don't Breathe the Air / My Name is Ferdinand!

 
 
 
“You caught a lot more than I’d hoped.
In addition, as a once-upon-a-time journalist, anytime I see changes for the purposes of clarity or brevity, which was quite a few times here, I find myself strangely gratified... So thanks!”
 

— Stuart Bisson-Foster
 co-writer You Can Drum But You Can't Hide