Editing / Proofreading

A good editor can transform a document or website text, making it crystal-clear, snappy, easily readable and beautifully presented.

Howlers in text

In advertisements, just one word can make all the difference. In longer documents, good editing can turn a turgid, unclear, verbose and poorly structured text into one that is clear, concise, vigorous and flowing.

Every text should be carefully checked before it is published. It’s not just serious errors that damage credibility; even trivial mistakes give an impression of carelessness and lack of professionalism (see Spelling errors: ‘Nice suit – a pity about the stains’).

You have three main options: basic proofreading, light editing, or substantial editing.

Basic proofreading

The last thing you want, after spending time on writing an important document, is to send it out and find that it’s riddled with errors. Even if, overall, it is clean and correct, just one or two serious errors can be enough to damage your reputation. We will ensure that your copy is free from basic errors.

Light editing

Your text may be good, but a professional editor may be able to improve it and greatly increase its impact – by making it clearer, more concise and more vivid.

Heavy editing

In some cases, heavy editing is essential to make sure that the intended message gets across. For example, a wordy text may need to be rewritten into plain English.

See also: Editing & proofreading for business

Get a quote today

If you’d like an assessment of what is required and a quote, email the document (or a sample) to davidswiftwrite [at] gmail.com, and we’ll send you back a short report, with recommendations.

We test-edit a page at least, and base the quote on this – which also means that you can get a sample of the editing or proofreading results.

If you’ve any questions, you can ring us +353 (0)86 607 4863 or fill out the contact form below:

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We can edit or proofread almost anything, including: email newsletters, web content, annual reports, financial briefings, white papers, technical documents, user guides, manuals, guidelines, survey reports, brochures, marketing material, theses and dissertations, articles, codes of practice, news stories and newspaper features, press releases and CVs.