Just Write Right

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Just Write Right

Editing and proofreading services for independent writers and self-publishing authors of fiction and creative non-fiction.

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Services

What I Do


Development

A pencil over an open notebook.

Not sure on your story’s plot points or organisation? A developmental edit will work with you to find the best structure for your story or non‑fiction book. With you, we will work to develop your manuscript from initial idea to final product.

Copyediting

An open book in front of a laptop.

It’s not just a detailed, line by line assessment to check for spelling, punctuation and grammar gremlins. It’s also a check for consistency, conciseness and readability. I’ll also pick up on any other potential problems with your manuscript, such as bias or even legal issues.

Proofreading

An open book

A final check before you publish, making sure that text is formatted correctly, error-free and ready for publication. Working from your style sheet, I’ll check that all the editorial decisions are correct and that your work is ready for public viewing.

“I was delighted with the work! The stylistic feedback was very helpful, and the edits caught all the details I’d missed.”

ERIN HODGE, AUTHOR

Why choose me?

Supportive, honest and professional


Trained
I am a trained, professional proofreader and copyeditor and a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.

Supportive
You’ve worked hard on your manuscript, I understand the anxieties you may be feeling when working with other professionals.

Honest
To get the best results, you need honest guidance. If something is not right, I’ll tell you, as clearly and concisely as possible, how to get it fixed.

Write without fear. Edit without mercy.

Why edit?

Whatever it is that you have written, if you are going to publish it, you’ll need to make sure it is clear and error free for your readers. Here’s a few other reasons why you should edit.

  • Fresh pair of eyes. Sometimes, we’re just too close to our own words that we don’t notice our own mistakes.
  • Pick up on fine details. You are the expert writer. Now allow an expert editor to go through your manuscript with an experienced pair of eyes.
  • Everyone shouts when they spot a typo! Nobody notices when your text is error free but they are always too keen to shout (and leave bad reviews) when they do spot one.
  • Learn for next time. I’ll give you detailed feedback which can help you to improve your writing for your next project.

“Work with my budget”

The feedback most valuable for me.

Jessica Nielsen, Author

“Great editing service”

Picked up on things I wouldn’t have noticed even after several drafts

Pete Draper, Author

“So impressed”

Not only did he catch things that I hadn’t, he did so in a timely manner.

Ian Barr, Author

Questions?

Can I help you?


What genres can you work with?
I have worked with authors writing all manner of genres, including:

  • Fantasy
  • YA
  • Crime
  • Thriller
  • LGBTQ+ themes
  • Adventure
  • Short stories and novellas

I have also worked with non-fiction texts, including:

  • Memoir
  • Autobiography
  • LGBTQ+ themes
  • Aviation history
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Still not sure?

Try a free sample edit today and find out how I can support you.

Telling tall tales

This is something that gets me each time I come across it. I don’t know why, but I must look it up each time I come across this in a manuscript.

They’re six foot. No, they’re six-feet. Or are they six foot tall? Six-foot-tall?

Well, aren’t you dashing!

Well, I’m sure you’ve put your best frock on for this blog post but I’m not here to compliment you!

Instead, we’re going to look at all the different dashes and lines on your page, what the differences are and when you might use them.

A fine line: between style and correctness

My job is frequently portrayed as being about pedantry. The correct use of the comma, the correct use of subject, verb agreement, the correct spellings.

But that’s not always the case.