Welcome to my freelance editing business, Jo Sexton – Editor and Proofreader.
I provide a copy-editing and proofreading service for many types of written material, specialising in fiction. I will also proofread and suggest changes to articles, essays, social media content, non-fiction, and websites.
I look for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and consistency in script. I will highlight these using the “Track Changes” feature in Microsoft Word, or on paper using British Standard BS 5261 proofreading marks.
As part of my proofreading and copy-editing service, I can;
- fix typos and misspellings
- correct any grammatical and punctuation errors
- assess word choice
- suggest changes to sentence structure
- ensure the flow is consistent
- eliminate vague and confusing text
- undertake rewriting if and when required
I pride myself on providing a high quality and affordable writing and editing service.
Copy-editing is the process of reviewing and correcting the written word, otherwise known as copy, to ensure it is accurate, easy to understand, and free of any errors.
The process will pick up and correct inconsistencies, repetition, terminology, formatting, and omission, as well as spelling and punctuation errors, grammar, and jargon.
It will also ensure that factual data is precise, and that any legal issues are highlighted and brought to the publisher’s attention.
Copy-editing is generally carried out prior to typesetting. Proofreading is the final stage of the process.
Proofreading is the process of checking the final draft of a piece of writing for grammatical, typographical, or formatting errors.
During this process, the proofreader will review spelling, punctuation, and grammar, as well as formatting issues such as margins, page numbers, and font.
Proofreading is the last step before publishing, and is carried out after the piece has been thoroughly edited (see Copy-editing). Therefore, it should already be well organised, as editing does involve removing errors. Proofreading, however, will check for any errors that may have been missed during this process.