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 report, 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.

Many important aspects of writing that are worth considering as you complete the piece can be assessed using the following questions:

  • 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 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 an editor can make, compiled by the CIEP, visit ciep.uk/resources/why-edit/

Testimonials

I first hired Lydia as a proofreader for a large multi-country market research programme in January 2011. I have been very impressed with Lydia's work - her excellent grasp of the English language, her eye for detail, her confidence in presenting queries and she is also very conscientious and easy to work with. I have hired Lydia again as she is an asset to the project team.

Alpa Virdi
Owner/Director at Spotlight Market Research & Editing

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

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