I’ve spent the last 20 years working in publishing in some way, shape or form.
I’ve worked as a proofreader and editor in-house at large companies, at small design agencies, and for education publishing companies on anything from leaflets and reports, to online copy and books.
I love finding mistakes and putting them right – it floats my boat.
If you need help with anything copy-related, please get in touch.
Anything that you publish – whether it’s printed or online – is a representation of you or your company. If you haven’t given enough time and attention to your material and it’s full of spelling and grammar mistakes, then you’re less likely to gain your potential customers’ confidence in other areas.
That’s where I can help. I offer:
Proofreading picks up incorrect grammar, along with errors in spelling and punctuation, and is carried out as a last quality-check before publication. Simply running a spell check on your document will tell you if you’ve misspelled a word; but it won’t tell you if it’s spelled correctly, but in the wrong place. For example, ‘Ella knew the present was form Mike.’
Copy-editing is the process of checking a manuscript after it has been written for consistency and accuracy; this includes consistency of spelling, grammar, sentence structure, tone-of-voice, and so on. My role as a copy-editor is to make your message clear and your prose as easy as possible for your readers to navigate.
Do you have a piece of text that needs re-wording for a different audience, or needs bringing up to date? Perhaps you write a regular blog or publish articles on social media that would benefit from a review before they are published? I can bring your writing to life and make it flow for your readers.
I can research photos for your articles and blogs, or put you in touch with digital agencies, web designers, photographers and other communications experts: see ‘Partners’ below.
I can also assist with photo research and point you in the direction of a reliable printing company or digital agency.
I can work on an hourly basis or give you a cost for the whole job if it’s a larger project. I’m happy to come and see you for a chat about your requirements.
Sam was an absolute professional to work with, calm, efficient, organised with a great attention to detail and commitment to deadlines. I would strongly recommend her.
I have had reason to ask for Sam's support on a number of print design and production projects, including the re-branding and production of signage for a large number of school sites and the branding for vehicles such as school minibuses. Samantha is professional, dependable and innovative in her ideas. I would not have been able to complete my projects without her devotion and support and her desire to go beyond the boundary of her role to achieve superior results. Her expertise in print and design has been invaluable to me.
I have worked with Sam in consultancy and used her services on a freelance basis. She is a good, all round copywriter and proofreader, always works within the deadlines given and has very good attention to detail. She is easy to get on with and will always look to go the extra mile.