Offering a complete copy-editing service

As a qualified professional I offer rewriting, critiquing, developmental editing, copy-editing and proofreading services – all delivered using industry-standard practices.


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Proofreading is the last chance for any mistakes to be corrected. These could be mistakes in spelling, punctuation, grammar or layout. It's a final check for consistency, standardisation and uniformity of the text. Proofreading will not change what you've written, but it will polish your words and better communicate your message to your audience.

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Proof-editing works well for businesses and publications with more than one author. Everybody writes differently and has their own way of expressing themselves, but this isn't helpful in a multi-author piece of work where consistency and a standard are required.


This is more than proofreading; the document may need formatted and sections moved around to ensure the writing flows. Checking page numbers and page headings, consistency of spelling and hyphenation, ensuring that captions match the appropriate illustrations and tables is all part of the job. This service means your work will be better presented, logical and will make sense to the reader.



Copy-editing ensures your document is easy for your audience to read. Factual information, such as quotations and names, will be checked to ensure they're correct. Your document will be read for sense so that your information is structured logically and no parts are missing. Any information that is unnecessary or missing will be highlighted. A style sheet will be collated to ensure consistency of spelling, hyphenation and typography. And, if needed, a list of queries for author clarification.


Developmental editing

Developmental editing, or critiquing, is looking at the manuscript as a whole and working with big-picture elements. So for fiction that would be characterisation, plot, dialogue, point of view, setting and the like. Do each of those elements work and fit together to make the story a good one? For non-fiction, it would be looking at the structure of the book: are chapters and paragraphs in the right order. Are there elements missing, is their too much detail, not enough detail, is the structure sound?



Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, the writing just doesn't work, and that's where a professional can help. If writing isn't your forte and you need help to get your message across, a rewrite is an option. If you have the bare bones of what you want to say, I can take over.


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  • - 2003 BSc Psychology (QUB)
  • - 2006 Advanced Diploma in Counselling (AQE)
  • - 2013 Basic Proofreading (Publishing Training Centre)
  • - 2014 Copy-editing 1: Introduction (Society for Editors and Proofreaders)
  • - 2015 Core Copy-editing Skills (Publishing Training Centre)
  • - 2015 Editing in Word (Publishing Training Centre)
  • - 2015 Advanced Proofreading (Publishing Training Centre)
  • - 2015 Advanced Copy-editing (Publishing Training Centre)
  • - 2016 Rewriting and Substantive Editing (Publishing Training Centre)
  • - 2016 Editing for Fiction: Professional Development Day (Society for Editors and Proofreaders)
  • - 2017 Introduction to Fiction Editing (Society for Editors and Proofreaders)
  • - 2017 Practical mark-up of PDFs (Society for Editors and Proofreaders)

Related courses

  • - 2013 Using Language with Fergal Tobin (Publishing Ireland)
  • - 2014 Annual SfEP conference
  • - 2015 Annual SfEP conference
  • - 2016 Annual SfEP conference
  • - 2017 Annual SfEP conference
  • - 2018 Annual SfEP conference

Professional Affiliations

I'm a Professional Member of the SfEP (Society for Editors and Proofreaders); a Full Member of AF EPI (Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers); and a member of EPANI (Editors' and Proofreaders' Alliance of Northern Ireland).



I work on books (fiction and non-fiction), website copy, business reports, magazines and promotional materials.



PC; Microsoft Office 2016; Adobe; scanner, printer, copier; broadband.



I work on-screen using Track Changes in Microsoft Word or using comment boxes in PDF documents. I can also work on hard copy, marking up using BSI symbols or comments.