Editing

Is editing necessary?

All writing needs careful revision. Writers often have to produce a report, letter, contract, newsletter, strategy, policy, proposal, style guide and so on under pressure. They can become buried in the details of their message and may not consider how they communicate. The result can be verbose, confusing, irrelevant or embarrassing.

We routinely edit thousands of words a week and often write a similar number. Our strong qualifications and experience make us able to handle just about any editing job, from a flyer to a book.

How we edit

There are five main stages:

  1. Getting to know the material, its purpose and its intended readers.
  2. We redraft where necessary so the document becomes clear (rather than plain), crisp, logically structured, reasonable, and free from language errors and unnecessary jargon.
  3. We submit the document for comment, talk with the writer and revise as necessary. This is where the writer can clarify fine shades of meaning. For example, do we mean “advise” or “inform”? Should we use a semi-colon or start a new sentence? Are we talking about a method or a methodology?
  4. Once we’re happy with the language and meaning, we edit for details such as white spacing after punctuation marks, paragraph divisions, pagination and consistency of terms.
  5. Proofreading. This is the time for fanatical attention to detail. We check and recheck, usually at least three times. The result will be correct, clear, concise and courteous.

Between these stages, there will be emails and calls, suggestions and discussion. We work closely with writers and negotiate changes at all times.

Electronic or paper?

We usually edit in Track Changes, but are happy to make paper corrections for short documents.

Fees

Very competitive. Loosely, £35 plus VAT per A4 side of about 450 words. We always give an individual quotation after seeing a document.