Denise M Taylor

Writing Consultant I Editor I Proofreader I Teacher

If you have written a book (fiction or non-fiction including academic), a business report, a thesis, a memoir, an academic article, educational resources, a newsletter, or a job application, and you would like your writing to be edited or proofread, then please contact me with details of your project (including the number of words) and I will reply within 24 hours with suggestions as to how I can help, and a quotation based on your specific requirements.

“I could not be happier. The editing has exceeded my expectations. Highly professional, excellent communication and attention to detail. I will continue working with Denise on future projects. Thank you for the great work.”  Brianna H. (September 2019)

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.

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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.

What I particularly like is that you have really nailed many of the problems I was aware of but stumped how to fix–your edits are very clean and the suggestions throw it back to me to reword, rethink and redraft when the issue is bigger. (Ivan M.)

A few months later I received this welcome feedback from the same client:

I was delighted with your final proofing on my last draft. So good to get some clarity on the colon issue and the capitalisation. I knew there were still some problems but it was really doing my head in nailing what was the basic principle–with your extra input I finally got it!

And here are a few more comments:

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.)

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. (Percy Rogers, ‘Active Labour’)

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 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.

So if you think your writing project needs an objective ‘eye’ and professional editing

please contact me with details of your project and I will respond within 24 hours.


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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 by someone like me who has never read your work is a definite advantage. 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:


Manuscripts: Fiction & Non-fiction 

Education Resource Material

Contracts & Templates


Tender Documents

Academic Books & Journal Articles

Marketing Material & Manuals

Essays and Theses

Web Content


So if you think your writing project needs professional proofreading

please contact me with details of your project and I will respond within 24 hours.


Academic Editing & Proofreading Service

My editing/proofreading service for university academics, researchers, under- and post-graduates covers all types of academic writing including theses, journal articles, scholarly books, research and symposium papers, and the all-important book proposal.

Whatever the academic project, there comes a time—a moment—when the writer takes a deep breath and concludes that the work is the best it can be. However, it is common knowledge that when writers read their own work (over and over) they often become ‘blind’ to grammatical and spelling errors. Handing your work to an editor who has never read it will provide ‘fresh eyes’ to pick up any mistakes, ambiguities or repetitions that may have been missed. Sometimes I point out that the tone/voice is not quite right for the audience it is addressing, or if a citation may have been missed for an unsubstantiated contention. If required I will make sure that citations, footnotes and references adhere to the required style guide.

Following the editing process, the writer-review process often results in new material being written and more unintended errors. It is often a good idea to return the final draft for a proofread.

Passing your ‘labour of love’ to an editor can be daunting. However, if you are writing a thesis then you don’t want examiners finding minor grammar errors and inconsistencies throughout your thesis; this sends a message that insufficient care was taken in the final stages of the writing. If you are writing a book commissioned by a scholarly publisher don’t rely on the publisher’s ‘stretched’ editors or proofreaders to do a perfect job for you. I have often felt sorry for an author when I find consistent errors that have not been picked up in the final edit/proofread.

Sometimes PhD candidates send me a few chapters at a time to provide a light edit in accordance with the guidelines for copy-editing theses so they can review and return the thesis for a final proofread.

“I have worked through most of the first six chapters and am so appreciative of the editing. The feedback is invaluable. This has helped to move forward.” PhD thesis, Karen Felstead, Lecturer in Literacy, School of Education, Federation University.


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 subject matter/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/deposit is received a receipt will be emailed to you.
  3. Work will commence (upload your Word document or post a hard copy).


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.