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

Many thanks for all your help Lydia – just to say how impressed we have been with all your work as well as how quickly and thoroughly you have turned things round.

Dr Jo Nurse
WHO Regional Office for Europe

Lydia always asks me lots of questions to ensure that my argument comes across clearly – it makes me study extra hard – and then she makes my writing wonderful in her most suitable and beautiful English.

Maria Keiko Yasuoka
Postdoctoral researcher at Hokkaido University, Japan

Thank you very much for all your editing and advice. I can never fully express my gratitude for the smart changes you made to my documents and to my own skill itself!

PhD student, Japan