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
Jul 28, 2010|Editing & Proofreading|$240|Working
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.
"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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Oxford Brookes University
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...
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...