I will make sure your words are saying exactly what you want them to – and aren't saying anything you don't.
If it's just a simple read through your content to make sure that everything is correct, here are some of the areas I cover:
When it comes to a full-on copy edit, as well as a standard proofread I'll look deeper into your content to make sure it reads as well as it can do. This can include the flow from one section to the next, cutting down on word counts, getting rid of jargon and cliches, and suggesting revisions.
You will never pay more than the advance quote I give you. If a project takes longer than expected then you won't pay anything for the extra time incurred.
Rates can be by the hour, per project, or for a full day or more.
If you're in business, your websites and marketing materials are your tools to target your customers with.
Get them wrong, with poorly produced content and confusing or incorrect words, and you've quickly eroded your professional image.
Those customers can quickly go somewhere else and not come back – and lost customers means lost revenue.
Anyone can make a typing error at any time. They happen and can be hard to spot, especially when you're checking your own material. The brain can easily trick the eyes into seeing something different than what's in front of you.
That's where an external proofreader comes in. A fresh pair of eyes is as good a tool as you can use for making sure your words don't contain the sort of simple mistakes that cause embarrassment when published. Here are a couple of my favourite examples:
Especially in the social media world, nobody wants to be the one to go viral for the wrong reasons.
You might have the most amazing story to tell but it could get lost behind terrible jargon and badly written material.
That's not intended as a criticism – not everyone is brilliant with words, just like not everyone can bake a loaf of bread. We all have our own individual strengths and weaknesses.
An in-depth copy edit can help you identify and fix wider problems so that your content is clear and easy to read – whether it's a marketing brochure, technical documentation or a book manuscript for publication.
I have more than two decades of experience handling content for businesses small and large, individuals and groups, authors and publishers, and across many different industries.
My career has taken me through newspapers and magazines, via the sports and automotive industries, into the online world and technical and marketing projects for UK and US audiences, and almost 400 books copy edited – plus four written myself.
The devil is always in the detail and I am very much a details man, which is why I have worked so much in proofing and editing over the years.
My experience and qualifications with the written word mean I am as well equipped to check over your website or promotional materials as I am your detailed technical documents or lengthy book manuscripts.
Away from work, I enjoy watching football (for my sins, I'm a Derby County supporter), reading, travel, penning occasional blogs about my experiences and memories, and spending quality time with family and friends.
'Gareth has worked with us for a number of years, and the quality of his work is first-class. His accuracy, quality of work, professionalism and communication are all of the highest standard. He works to deadlines and project schedules, while his knowledge of the subject matter and statistics is excellent.'
'I have worked with Gareth for a little over five years and found him to have a very professional manner, as well as being very personable. When discussing projects he goes further than most, explaining not just the "what", but the "why", as well. This level of detail, which is present throughout the project, is always communicated effectively. Deadlines are met as per his schedule, if not before. A pleasure to work with.'
'I worked with Gareth in producing a matchday programme for a local non-league football club. His knowledge and work ethic was second to none, his articles were informative and we had many messages from officials and supporters of the club regarding the excellent content in each production. I would be delighted to work with Gareth again and would fully recommend him to other companies.'
'I appreciated Gareth’s consideration, sensitivity, empathy, professionalism and going the extra mile on a project that means so much to me and to Dave Mackay’s family. It was the perfect combination for an editor and I enjoyed working with Gareth on the project.'