Lydia Wanstall

Copy-editing and Proofreading

 
 
 

Why use an editor?

You’ve chosen to write something for someone else to read. Whether it is an internal memo, a thesis, an article, a web page, a book, or any number of other texts, it is destined for a reader who needs to understand it and engage with it.

There are many ‘tips and tricks’ to writing that are worth considering as you complete the piece, such as:

  • Is the text comprehensible and consistent?
  • Is the argument coherent and logical?
  • Is the piece’s structure sound and suitable for the publication medium?
  • Is the writing style and tone appropriate for the desired readership?
  • Have all errors of spelling, grammar and punctuation been removed?
  • Is your message clear and persuasive?

Keeping all these factors and more in mind as you write and re-write should gain you a great first draft.

However, when writing, you tend not to spot your own mistakes, to notice ambiguities or repetitions, or to be aware of your own writing mannerisms. It is crucial to ask for an objective professional eye to look over the text before publication to check for these possible pitfalls.

An experienced editor will not only correct errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and formatting but also re-style if required to avoid ambiguous or obscure text, and ensure that the finished product is appropriate for the intended readership.

To see some examples of the difference that an editor can make, visit http://www.sfep.org.uk/resources/why-edit/

Testimonials

Lydia is one of the most trustworthy, dedicated and highly reliable editors/proofreaders I have ever known. As a regular client, I truly admire the state-of-the-art standard for her editing and proofreading. I have never, ever been disappointed with her output.

Shunzo Majima
Associate Professor at Hokkaido University, Japan

I have used Lydia’s services as a copy-editor for several scientific publications on environmental health. Lydia is easy to work with, professional and efficient, and produces great results. I have been very pleased with the final products she delivered and will definitely work with her again!

Marie-Eve Héroux
Technical Officer, Air Quality & Noise at European Centre for Environment and Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Many thanks for your help, Lydia. That was all very painless and you were very pleasant to work with as well as being highly professional. I hope all my future experience of copy editing is as friendly and efficient as this has been.

Dr Simon Zagorski-Thomas
London College of Music, UWL