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Nicholas Collins | Elance
 
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Nicholas Collins

Freelance copy-editor and proofreader
   United Kingdom
  |   Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan
  |  2:06 am Local Time

Overview

I take great satisfaction in finding the best possible way to express ideas and information according to the specific purpose of a project. According to the needs of a document, I am able to make copy concise, easy to read, well-presented, consistent, appropriate for its audience, persuasive, and engaging.

I believe that accuracy – whether in terms of spelling, grammar, factual content or presentation – is hugely important in all published material, and take great pride in my attention to detail in both my copy editing and proofreading...

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UK English Oxford Style Editing Skills Test (For Writing Professionals)
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UK English Proofreading Skills Test (Oxford Guide to Style)
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UK English Grammar Test (For Writing Professionals)
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English Vocabulary Test (UK Version)
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U.S. Word Usage Test
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UK English Basic Skills Test
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Understanding differences in British and American English Test
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Service Description

Process Overview

When a client expresses an interest in using my services I will request an extract of their document and also ask them the document's total word count and the level of service it requires. I will use these factors to determine the cost, timescale and terms of the project, and may also make suggestions myself as to the level of service required (though, of course, the client's decision is final). Once the client is happy to proceed I will send an invoice for half the fee in advance. Once this has been paid I will begin work on the project. Upon completing the edit or proofread, I will return the file to the client along with any questions or notes, and then send the final invoice for the project. The client will then check through the completed work and get back to me with any questions, and pay the invoice within 14 days.

Copy-editing

The copy-editor acts as an intermediary between the author and the reader, ensuring that the author's message is conveyed to the reader as accurately and effectively as possible. Indeed, the copy-editor is often referred to as both 'the author's ambassador' and 'the reader's friend'.

The copy-editing services I provide involve improving text so that it is easier to read; more logically structured; correct in terms of spelling, grammar and punctuation; consistent in its presentation; appropriate for its target audience; and factually accurate. I can also advise with regards to legal issues that might face a document, such...

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Employment

Tabernacl Music Society
Proofreader
2012 - 2012
The Tabernacl Music Society is a music society that runs a mixed choir and organises music events in Bridgend, South Wales. The work I carried out for them was proofreading and correcting a concert...
LGBT Excellence Centre
Copy-editor
2012 - 2012
The LGBT Excellence Centre is a Cardiff-based charity that provides support, advice, and training to people and organisations with regards to issues concerning sexual orientation and gender...
Ty Hafan
Copywriter
2012 - 2012
Ty Hafan is a charity that runs a children’s hospice in South Wales. My work for them involved writing a number of letters for them to send to supporters, either thanking them for submitting...
Cleland Thom Journalism Training
Copy-editor
2011 - 2011
Cleland Thom Journalism Training is one of the UK’s largest distance learning colleges. My work for them comprised copy-editing the study modules of one of their e-courses. I carried out light...

Education

Cardiff University
MA English Literature
2006 - 2007
The University of Reading
BA English Literature
2003 - 2006
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copywriter
proofreader
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