In the publishing industry, proofreaders check a typeset “proof copy” of a manuscript just before it goes to print, marking corrections using specialised proofreading marks.
In the context of my business, however, proofreading simply means identifying and correcting all errors in punctuation, grammar, spelling, consistency, layout, and formatting. The goal is accuracy. I can proofread:
Copy editing involves proofreading and making adjustments to improve the document. The goal with copy editing is two-fold: accuracy and improvement. A light copy edit involves relatively minor tweaks and adjustments - replacing a word here, restructuring an awkward sentence there. A more comprehensive copy edit may address additional issues such as clumsy wording, paragraph structure, overuse of adjectives/adverbs, particular writing "tics" that may distract a reader etc.
Structural editing (also known as substantive editing) calls for a greater level of rewriting and reorganisation of the document. It can address such things as content, tone, narrative voice, theme, style, chapter organisation, dialogue, and narrative flow. It can even involve suggesting new approaches and ideas.
I can edit any kind of written document (see the above list for starters), online or offline.
I offer an optional writing advice service in conjunction with most editing jobs. Please see below for more information.
I can write your document for you, from scratch. I will work closely with you to ensure the finished product is polished, professional, and appropriate for the intended audience. I write accurately, with flair and finesse.
I have broad experience in writing newsletters, brochures, annual reports, business proposals, media releases, articles for publication, and website content.
I have worked in the not-for-profit (charitable) sector for some years and am highly skilled in writing funding applications, sponsorship proposals, direct mail appeal letters, and other fundraising collateral, such as brochures and promotional flyers.
I can offer you simple and practical tips and advice on how you can improve your writing skills. This can be especially useful for beginner writers who would like to learn more about their craft.
This service is usually offered in conjunction with editing a document. Instead of simply editing your work and sending it back to you, I provide notes on why I have made changes and corrections, and how the writing could be improved further. I also provide a short report with the edited text, covering the overall strengths and weaknesses of the document and offering targeted, personalised writing advice.
I also offer writing advice consultations that can be carried out in person, on the phone, or online. In these consultations we discuss your work and any difficulties you may be having. I recommend that you send me a portion of your work before we talk, so I can gain a clear understanding of your writing style and be specific with my advice.
Note: This service is not a substitute for a professional manuscript assessment. I generally recommend that authors aiming for publication submit their work to a professional manuscript assessor before approaching me for proofreading and editing.
Are you a not-for-profit needing help with your grants programme?
With fifteen years' experience working as a fundraiser, seven of those specialising in the grant writing area, I can write your funding applications for you. It might just be a one-off application you need help with, or you may be after a more regular, ongoing arrangement. I have a high success rate, writing powerful, accurate, and well-targeted applications.
I can also review or even create a grants programme/grants writing schedule for your organisation. I have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of all charitable trusts and other funding sources available to New Zealand not-for-profits.
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