Proofreading, Editing, Writing

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You're in safe hands

Posted on 15th February 2018

I had a client recently who was the most engaged client I’ve ever had. He had me answer a whole myriad of questions before he took me on to edit his book, he rang me weekly to see where I was with it, what I was doing to it and what my thoughts were about it. It was frustrating on the one hand but on the other it was quite refreshing; I’d never had a client who was so attached to their work.

One of our first conversations was around his fear of what I would do to his book. He didn’t want me to post excerpts of it on my website – which, incidentally, I would never do and certainly not without my client’s permission. He’d never worked with an editor before and so I suppose he didn’t know what to expect. My take on it was that it was my job to reassure him and hold his hand (figuratively, of course) through the process. And that’s ok. Some clients are more than happy to let an editor tear on with what they have to do; they’ve maybe engaged the services of one before, they know what to expect and they’re happy to take a step back, others not so much.

The thing is this, when I take a job on I want the writing to be the best it can be. I want the author to look at the finished product and know that it’s their work but also to feel that it’s in better shape than when they last read it. An editor’s goal is the same as the author’s: to produce a piece of work to a high standard. I’m not going to transform your work into something unrecognisable – I’m not a writer, that’s your job. I’ll just take what you give me and send it back in a better condition than I found it in. So never fear, you’re in safe hands, we’re on the same team with the same desired result in mind.


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  • I have employed Victoria Woodside for several projects over the past year and found her to be an excellent proofreader. She is thorough, eagle-eyed and meticulous. She is also a pleasure to work with - professional yet friendly, efficient and timely. I can't recommend Victoria highly enough...

    Averill Buchanan
    Advanced Professional Member, Society for Editors and Proofreaders

  • I am working with Victoria on two projects and am extremely pleased with her work: one piece of work is fiction and the other is non-fiction. She is able to edit equally well on both even though they are two entirely different genres. She has checked facts, corrected spelling and punctuation and made good suggestions about layout and formatting. The work is all mine but she has somehow made it better. I look forward to working with Victoria in the future.

    Rev. Neil Cutcliffe

  • Victoria has proof-edited business documents for us on numerous occasions. We are very pleased with the standard of her work and I am sure that her contributions have positively impacted on our business.

    Mark Grain
    Financial Director, Woodside Haulage Group

  • Victoria provided a fast, attentive and very thorough service. It immensely improved my work and focused my attention on various aspects of my writing throughout my dissertation.


  • I found Victoria easy to deal with, she has a pleasant and willing manner and always responded to emails/calls/texts promptly. Victoria engaged well with the content of my book and was considerate of the subject matter. Victoria was thorough in her proofreading and demonstrated a high level of attention to detail.

    Victoria offered suggestions but was not forceful with any of them, and was open to my view on her suggestions. I found Victoria to be professional and efficient in her work and I would have no difficulty recommending her to others and I would certainly use her services again in the future.

    Nollaig Mc Sweeney

  • Victoria has been amazing at helping shape the flow and language of our brochure, from simple mistakes to rewording entire sections.

    This had made a big difference to the standard and quality of our brochure, which we are very grateful for.

    Alex Milne
    Milne Holiday Parks