Denise M Taylor

Writing Consultant I Editor I Proofreader I Teacher

Editing and proofreading are two different stages in the revision process of writing. There is often an overlap as both processes require close and careful reading in the search for errors and ways to improve the quality and clarity of the writing. Although I’m based in Melbourne, Australia, thanks to the Internet, I can proofread and edit any document or manuscript written in the English language.

If your manuscript or thesis needs editing, or a final proofreading ‘eye’ to pick up any writing errors, then please contact me and I will reply within 24 hours with a quotation based on your specific requirements.

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Editing

aims to ensure that the content/narrative flows logically and that the formatting/paragraph structure is coherent. Grammar, spelling and punctuation are checked.

Editing can be ruthless, especially when the editor suggests that the text needs to be rearranged, or that a section is repetitive or verbose, or that a chapter, or section within the chapter, needs to be deleted or rewritten. However, regardless of the extent of the editing, or whether the subject matter is fiction, non-fiction or academic, the writer’s ‘voice’ and the tone of the writing will be maintained.

I can make changes to your Word Document via the MS Word Review/Tracking feature. I also offer suggestions or posit queries in the ‘Comments’ bubble in the margin to help extend your thinking about an aspect of your writing. Many clients, usually after I have provided a manuscript appraisal, are confident enough for me to take the next step and edit their writing after they have redrafted.

Good editors are pedantic and perfectionists. They are tactful and analytical, but a critic when required, like a boa constrictor wringing the most out of the story or the business content or thesis, helping to make the writing the best it can be.

You were recommended to me by a friend whose thesis you’d edited and proofread. I’m so glad he did. Thank you so much for bringing to my attention the embarrassing errors I’d made plus helping me to express myself with greater clarity. I am so indebted to you. You were so pleasant and professional – and you delivered on time! I am now proud to submit my thesis.

(Kim D. June 2017)

Many thanks for the way you have prepared and presented my memoir. I could not imagine at the start that it would turn out looking the way you have presented what now seems a very interesting life; in fact, I might live it again. Thank you and congratulations.  

(Dr Percy R.  March 2017)

Thank you for all the good work, Denise. I am most grateful for what you have been doing! The comments are wonderful and very useful. 

             (Assoc. Professor David R. Marshall, editor, ‘The Site of Rome: Studies in the Art and Topography of Rome 1400-1750. Melbourne Art Journal 13)

       I have now gone through two of your edited chapters, I love what you’ve done and feel it’s markedly improved.

            (Laurie A.)

I make sure that I am clear as to the expectations of the client before I begin editing. If  an extensive edit is necessary then I will recommend that the document/manuscript is returned to me for proofreading after any suggested changes have been redrafted by the writer.  This final process ensures that any minor errors are identified.

 

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Proofreading

is the final stage in the editing process.

When I proofread I make sure that the writing is free from spelling and grammatical errors, inconsistencies and malapropisms (using an incorrect word that sounds the same as or is similar to the appropriate word by mistake. For example, ‘complement’ rather than ‘compliment’) that spell-check will not identify.

The formatting is also checked for consistency. I even check ‘facts’ and cross-references for accuracy. Sometimes proofreading involves minor editing such as suggestions for improvement of sentence and paragraph construction.

I usually proofread (or copyedit) on screen using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes facility. This means that every change I make is ‘tracked’, and all suggestions or queries are inserted as comments in the margin using the Track Changes comments feature. When I have finished proofreading your document, I will return it to you as a tracked-changes version showing all of the suggested changes and my comments and queries. This gives you complete control over the final version of your document. As you read the tracked-changes version, accept or reject each suggested change. For a little extra charge, I will also send back a ‘clean copy’ of the changes I’ve made because track changes look so messy! You can also send me a hard copy with return postage.

Thank you so much for all that hard work, Denise. What hubris on my part to have thought that there would not have been that many errors! 

(Patricia O.)

Thanks Denise, as usual, you have picked up so many errors in the content and layout of our tender documents – what would I do without you?

(William M.)

Having your writing proofread and edited by someone like me who has never read your work is a definite advantage. Even the most seasoned writer needs a ‘fresh eye’ to pick up any mistakes that may be missed.  Re-reading your own writing can mean you just don’t see the small errors because you have either read it too many times or you are more interested in the content and layout. My editing and proofreading service will provide that essential objective ‘eye’.

If your first language is not English then I’ll help you re-write your text in fluent English. Even though I’m based in Melbourne, my clients range from Australians to those living in English speaking countries—emails are invaluable to action any queries as efficiently as possible.

I have proofread and edited a range of material including:

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Manuscripts: Fiction & Non-fiction 

Education Resource Material

Contracts & Templates

Memoirs

Tender Documents

Art Journals

Marketing Material & Manuals

Essays and Theses

Web Content

 

 

Editing & Proofreading Fees

You won’t find a complex fee schedule for my editing/proofreading service on my website because I consider every brief/project individually when requirements are emailed via my Contact page or discussed by phone.

Please include in your email:

  1. A detailed explanation of the level of service required
  2. The word count of your document/manuscript
  3. If fiction, which genre? If non-fiction/academic writing, what field of research?
  4. Deadline for completion

You will receive an email with an estimate for the completion of the service (an estimate is a general guess at the final cost, which may end up being higher or lower). Conditions apply and privacy is guaranteed (refer to Terms & Conditions below).

If you agree with the quote/estimate (and Terms & Conditions) and wish to place an order:

  1. Pay the deposit/full fee using the payment method set out in the invoice.
  2. When the fee/first pre-pay is received a receipt will be emailed to you.
  3. Work will commence (upload your Word Document &/or post a hard copy).
  4. If a pre-pay arrangement is accepted then as the service progresses, further pre-pay blocks will be negotiated until the service concludes.

 

Terms and Conditions

Denise M Taylor respects and protects her clients’ privacy. Denise collects personal information via her website, telephone calls, and written communications. Some of the information that is requested is essential for Denise to be able to provide her editing/consulting service, and some is additional information that the client chooses to provide. Denise will treat personal information with no less protection than that provided for by the National Privacy Principles and the privacy laws that are in force in Australia.

The client must provide full and accurate information prior to a quote/estimate being issued. The client assumes all responsibility for any problems or errors, as well as legal liability resulting from an incorrect statement of work. Denise reserves the right to deny or refuse service for any reason and without explanation. For example, material submitted that advocates violence, hatred or discrimination in contravention of national and international laws. Transmission of material which is virus infected, defamatory, obscene or pornographic is strictly prohibited.

The client does have the option to renegotiate the initial quote to allow for work of greater scope or duration should the requirement change mid-project.

The client entering into a contract for the service will retain the sole copyright, ownership and control over all materials submitted. It is the client’s responsibility to keep a copy of the work sent for editing or proofreading. In the case of Denise being unable to complete the project, all advance fees that have been paid by the client up until the point of termination will be refunded.