Personal Writing

Give your words that final polish

All writers become too close to their own writing – even professionals. All writers need a fresh pair of eyes.

If you’ve slaved for a long time over your writing project, it can seem like it’s never ending.

When you’ve finally finished, you’re likely to have mixed emotions. Maybe you feel as if you never want to see your work again, anywhere. Or perhaps you just want to get it published or sent off as quickly as possible. Believe me; I understand!

Professional editorial services will tell you what’s really there – not what you think is there just because that’s what you meant. It’s crucial to have someone read your work from the viewpoint of the intended audience.

That’s where I come in.

Personal attention to detail

I specialise in working with non-fiction writing – from academic proofreading to editing for self-publishers. I’m particularly keen to help those who may be new to writing for a public readership.

It’s about helping you communicate your information with absolute clarity. That’s important whether you’re writing a job application, or a longer project like a ‘How to’ book based on your expertise.

If you choose Pernickety Kate, you know who you will get – just me! So, unlike proofreading agencies, you can always put a face to the name, and you can be sure your editor knows you and your writing style, every time.

Editing or proofreading – clearing up the confusion

These words can mean several different things. Here is how I am using the terms:

Editing is also known as line editing or copy editing. It involves looking at the bigger picture: the flow, logic and information content of your writing, and how to make that crystal clear to the reader.

Editing (as I do it) also includes checking for spelling, grammar and internal consistency. This bit is basically what proofreading does (please see below). So you are getting a two-in-one service.

Proofreading ensures that your work is correct and consistent before final publication. This includes checking heading style, correct internal references (eg, accurate contents and glossaries) and other details, as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar. Your computer will definitely not be able to do all that!

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What I DON’T do…

It’s best to be clear so you know whether I can help you.

  • I don’t check facts, unless they fly in the face of a good general knowledge. For example, if you state that Hitler shot himself at the end of the First World War, I’ll correct it (and assume it was a typo). However, if you write that the lesser spotted weevil was last seen in Staffordshire in May 1842, I’ll be taking your word for it!
  • I don’t edit or rewrite fiction, or academic writing such as coursework, theses or dissertations. However, I can proofread it (see below).

What I CAN do…

  • Proofreading of academic papers, novels etc on any topic. Proofreading requires detailed language knowledge but it doesn’t matter what the subject is. I can proofread anything written in modern English!
  • Editing of CVs, job applications, blog posts, memoirs, family histories or any other non-fiction that you can think of.

Value for money

Of course cost is a consideration.

But consider this: a CV or job application can be checked for as little as £10. That’s less than a pub lunch or a couple of cinema tickets. Why lose out because you didn’t want to pay out?

The price for a longer project such as a book is obviously a greater outlay. However, do think seriously about why you are writing – if it’s important enough to write, it’s important enough to get right. Professional proofreading or editing will show your work at its best for your readers.

Writers shouldn’t really settle for anything less.

I’m sure we can work out a way to suit your requirements and your budget.

Still got some questions? Take a look at my FAQs for more answers.

Can you spot the mistakes?

Party Balloons

I wouldn’t fancy cleaning all those windows. That’s not the only problem… How many mistakes can you see in the paragraph in the black box below?

Nonesuch House

Built during the rein of queen Anne in the early 1700’s, Nonsuch Hall stands as testamant to the power of royal favour, and what happens when that flavour is lost. The house was initiallly given to one of the queens closest friends, however, the family feuded with later monarch’s. Money became scarce and and the whole  building fell into a state of disrepair

 

There are some sneaky problems in here – the kind that can catch out even the most confident readers and writers. Did you spot at least thirteen errors?

Want to know how to avoid these mistakes and more? You can find out by reading Pernickety Kate’s blog, or just email and ask!

Be remembered for your message, not your mistakes.

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