Carrette Editing

Businesses & Organisations

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I help businesses and organisations to feel confident that their words are ready for the outside world.

Why Choose Me?

 

  • I have spent 30 years working in a range of sectors, so I understand the context and the type of content that businesses and organisations produce. 
  • I have significant experience of writing, proofreading and editing a wide range of business documents and content.
  • In previous roles, I’ve worked in project management, IT, knowledge management, internal communications, intranet & information management and GDPR. 
  • Sectors I’ve worked in include:  private sector (medical product industry);  third sector (poverty & housing think tank);  
    public sector (business support, sport, visual arts). 
  • I have also completed industry-recognised training in proofreading and in writing and editing web content.       

I work on content such as:

I work with clients such as:

As a businesses or organisation you may want to use a proofreader to:

  • Protect your professional image – if your website or documents contain errors and inconsistencies, it can cloud your message, distract your reader and damage your credibility.
  • Bring in objective eyes – quality checking your own text is difficult. Even if you have the time and skills, it’s hard to be objective. You can still see what you expect to see, rather than what is really there.
  • Save your time – asking a proofreader to look at your text frees up your time to do what you do best.
  • Bring in new skills – you’re an expert in your business or organisation, but writing for the outside world might be outside your comfort zone.
  • Make your text more readable – it’s tempting to use ‘long’ words to try to sound ultra-professional but it’s better to use simpler language and shorter sentences for clarity. Rather than ‘dumbing down’, this is just respecting that your readers are busy people who want to get to the point without too many barriers.
  • Wrangle text written by several people – you might be wrestling with text which is written by several different people and you want it to be consistent and coherent.
  • Refresh your text – perhaps you launched your website in a hurry and it needs a proper check; or you might need to repurpose some text for a different audience or channel eg adapting text from a report or brochure for a website.
  • Check additional text – eg new website sections. 
  • Check for consistency – your text was written over a long period of time and needs checking for consistency.

Details of my services can be found on my Services Page. If you’ve read that page and you are still not sure which service you need, please email me and I’ll be happy to arrange a phone chat about your project. 

Pricing

No two projects are the same, so pricing will vary according to the type of text and the amount and type of work that it needs. For example, text that is not complex or just requires a final quality check will take less time and cost less than text which is complex or needs a lot of editing for grammar, consistency or clarity.

Quoting Process

To provide a quote for your project (a free, no obligation quote) I will need to know the following information:

o  Length – Number of words/ pages/ documents
o  Type of document
o  If it contains illustrations/ tables or other non-text content
o  Audience and how they will they access it (eg it will sit in an online learning portal)
o  Whether it has been edited already
o  What you would like to achieve
o  If you have a house style to work to
o  Timescales

To give you an accurate quote, I’ll also ask you to email a 1,000 word sample of your text from the middle of the document (or sometimes sight of the whole project if it’s a type of document I haven’t worked on before).

I’ll carry out a free sample edit (again, no obligation) and I’ll then return the sample, provide you with a quote (usually per 1,000 words, or per hour) and send you a ‘scope of the work’ for the project and  my terms & conditions.

You can then decide if you’d like to accept my quote and we can agree start and finish dates.

Spellcheckers are of limited use, because there are lots of things that a proofreader will spot, but spellcheckers can’t pick up.

Here are some examples of things that spellcheckers don’t find:

  • Words that are correctly spelled but used in the wrong place eg practise/practice, illicit/elicit, affect/effect
  • Inconsistencies – using different forms of a word (hyphen, one word, two words)
  • Inconsistent spelling eg names
  • Wrong tenses
  • Repetition
  • Missing words or missing chunks of text
  • Errors in headings or page numbers
  • Wrong numbering of points or incorrect captions for tables, diagrams and illustrations
  • Obviously incorrect facts

They also can’t take account of the context, style, purpose or the audience for your text.

If you are an independent author or a small business using a proofreader for the first time, you might feel nervous about handing over your text.

It’s OK, please don’t be nervous! I will always treat your text with respect and support you to produce the best quality content possible. Preserving the ‘author’s voice’ is a big part of proofreading and editing.

I’ll build a relationship with you by being up-front about what I can do and when, keeping you informed as the work progresses and providing you with clear documents in your choice of format (Word or PDF).

I’ll use my knowledge to help bring consistency and clarity to the text including working to your own house style or, if you don’t have one, producing a style sheet which you can also use to bring consistency to future documents/webpages/projects.

If there is something I spot that doesn’t fall into the scope of my service, but I feel it needs attention, I’ll flag it up for you to address.

  • Word documents – probably the most convenient format to use. I can edit using Track Changes and also provide you with a second ‘clean’ copy that you can paste into your document straight away.

  • PDF documents – if you don’t have the text in Word format, I can use Adobe Reader comment tools to mark up a PDF with changes (the changes will just be flagged up, rather than actually editing the words in the PDF).

  • BSI symbols – if you prefer me to use BSI proofreading symbols for marking up the text, I can do that in a PDF document.

Get in Touch

If you would like to ask me a question, get a free quote or arrange a chat about your project, please send me an email
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