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Deirdre R. | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Jul 12, 2011

Deirdre R.

A fresh pair of eyes
   United Kingdom
  |   Oxford, Oxfordshire
  |  9:23 pm Local Time

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $30

I've been proofreading and copy editing professionally since 2002, working on magazines, books of academic conference proceedings, novels, promotional brochures, technical writing, and more. My approach combines friendly service, fanatical attention to detail, a passion for words, and an eye for good design. I can see your document right through from its first draft to its final, polished version, laid out and ready to print.

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Aug 8, 2010|Editing & Proofreading|$60|Completed
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Jul 28, 2010|Editing & Proofreading|$240|Working

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Portfolio

The text of an e-book as I received it from the authors.
The document after the first round of proofreading, using MS Word Track Changes.
This document accompanied the proofed file, explaining my annotations in greater depth...
The finished e-book, laid out using Adobe InDesign and showing the text in its final...
I was hired to create a new three-fold A4 brochure for this children's charity based in...
I was asked to create supporting materials for an insurance claim. The client wanted...
Here you can see the difference good layout makes to a piece of academic work. This...
Compare the two versions at a glance. If you'd like a closer look, please download the...

Skills (6)

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English Proofreading
UK English Proofreading Skills Test (Oxford Guide to Style)
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English
English Vocabulary Test (UK Version)
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Understanding differences in British and American English Test
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Creative Writing
Creative Writing Test - Fiction (UK Version)
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English Grammar
UK English Grammar Test (For Writing Professionals)
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Editing
UK English Oxford Style Editing Skills Test (For Writing Professionals)
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English Spelling
English Spelling Test (UK Version)
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Service Description

Proofreading: Get your text cleaned up with speed and accuracy. Spelling and grammar mistakes, inconsistencies and layout problems shot dead at 50 paces.

Copy editing: A wider-angle look at your document, identifying any issues with style, clarity, pace, the overall shape of your plot or your argument, and anything else that's getting in the way of conveying your meaning. Copy editing helps your text to fulfil its full potential.

Layout and design: With professional publishing software (QuarkXpress or Adobe InDesign) and an eye for good presentation, I can take simple word-processed documents and make them look great, ready to send to the printer. Please see my portfolio for examples of my design work.

Copywriting: Do you have ideas but no written text yet? I can help. I am an award-winning writer, with both fiction and non-fiction publications to my credit, and can produce copy to your specifications.

I'm based in Oxford and frequently visit London. If that's handy for you, I'd be delighted to meet you and discuss your requirements. However, I'm also at ease working remotely with clients from all over the world. If you're at a distance we can meet via webcam, or just liaise over email.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
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"Deirdre really has everything you want in a proofreader. She has a clear understanding of differences in style as well as having an eagle eye for detail. She's both quick and thorough in her work." - Suraya Sidhu Singh, Editor,...

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Employment

Oxford Brookes University
Copy Editor
2006 - 2008
This was a three-year recurring contract editing books of conference proceedings for the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Brookes University. The Improving Student Learning...
Samedan Ltd
Editorial Assistant
2002 - 2003
My primary responsibility in this role was for the quarterly pharmaceutical trade magazine European Biopharmaceutical Review. For each issue I commissioned the content, liaised with article writers...

Education

Dublin City University
BA Communication Studies (2:1)
1994 - 1997
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Proofreading
Editing
Writing
Layout
Design
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Book Production
E-books
Web Design
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