When I am editing a text, my main concern is clarity. My aim is to help you communicate to your audience in a clear and concise manner.
What you can expect from me
If you send me a text to edit, I will give it a close, critical reading and mark it up with ‘track changes’.
I will explain the changes I make in the margins, and I will point out where I am unsure of what you are trying to say.
I will make constructive suggestions for how you can improve your work (beyond the changes I make). If I think something is missing or poorly explained, I will comment on it (sometimes at length).
The things I will help you improve
- The coherence of the text as a whole (of argument, content, organisation, flow)
- The structure of paragraphs
- Grammar, punctuation and spelling
- Conciseness (eliminating unnecessary words and phrases)
- Style and readability.
When you look at my changes and suggestions
If there is anything you don’t understand, you just need to get in touch. I am happy to talk to you about the decisions and suggestions I have made.