Why edit your work? Any piece of writing is more readable and powerful by being logically presented, grammatically correct and succinct.
There are different levels of editing. I offer the following:
incorrect use /absence of definite and indefinite articles
incorrect use /absence of capital letters
Wrong prepositions and conjunctions
Missing or unnecessary apostrophes
Correct American spelling
Clunky sentences: ones which aren’t clearly written or are too wordy
With regard to content, I highlight the following:
Repetition of points
Sentences/phrases where the meaning is unclear
Words or phrases that are too formal/informal compared with the rest of the article
I provide workshops on strengthening writing for a range of audiences. These workshops explore the ingredients of good writing and give participants the chance to practise these skills. They consist of input and small group work. Participants using these tools and techniques will subsequently feel more confident in their ability to produce succinct, readable and engaging writing. Such skills will be beneficail when preparing essays, business reports, grant applications, research proposals, etc.
The workshop will last between 1.5 – 2 hours and the fee is negotiable, depending on number of participants, size/scale of the organisation.
I charge £30 per hour. For long pieces of work, this rate is negotiable
Payment can be made by:
Cheques/postal orders should be made payable to: Jane Riddell and sent to: 3/6 Cochran Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 4BJ.
Payment should be made within two weeks of receiving the edited text.
Testimonies for editing service
During 2013 I worked on a book on a new management model. I am Dutch but I preferred the book to be in English. My English is quite reasonable but not perfect. Choice Words Editing took care of my errors, but not only that: it often improved on my text and made it much clearer. All honour to Choice Words Editing! Wiet Janssen
Jane has edited some of my text for websites. Jane impressed me because she works very fast and methodical. She also helped me improve my work suggests some changes. It was honour to work with such as professional editor as Jane. I highly recommend. Kris Kubik
Testimonies for workshops
Jane recently shared her expertise through a short workshop on ‘Strengthening your writing’ with Members of The Melting Pot. The process and content of the session was well delivered and thought through. What it taught me as a participant was:
– how easy it is to read good written material
– how hard thorough editing is for the majority of us – editing well is a real skill
– how useful editing is to a wide variety of circumstances – from business reports and important letters, to essays, funding applications, scripts etc
– simple steps to improve my own written language skills
– that it is worth the investment of ‘yet more time’ and/or through hiring an editor, for those important things in life – where choice words matter Claire Carpenter, MD, The Melting Pot