Hello and welcome! I am offering my services as a proofreader and copy editor.

Basically, what I do is fix spelling, grammar, and punctuation; and format documents to meet publishing standards such as APA. I do novels, short stories, business articles, science journal manuscripts, theses, dissertations, websites and more.

There are multiple websites that provide detailed distinctions between ‘proofreading’ and ‘copy editing’. The short summary is: ‘copy editing’ is the publishing business term for major proofreading, and ‘proofreading’ is their term for final little fixes. I will just say ‘proofreading’ most of the time, as it is more commonly used.

My expertise:

I am a professional biologist, so I am quite familiar with many technical terms and Latin words. I also do a wee bit of coding in R, but just the more basic analyses, like ANOVAs and product moment correlations. Here’s one research project I contributed to:

Social amoeba farmers carry defensive symbionts to protect and privatize their crops

In my personal time, I’m an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, romance and young adult novels. I understand how some writers have a ‘voice’ that may not be grammatical, but is fitting for a character in the story. I think writers are awesome, because that means there’s more to read!

I will not be able to tell you if your scientific results do not support your conclusions, or tell you that your plot is weak, or major manuscript-level items like that. For those types of feedback, you need an editor (not a copy editor). There are editors that will also do copy editing, but they will likely charge more money.

Living in British Columbia, I’m experienced with both British and American spelling of words, like favor vs. favour. Unless you tell me otherwise, or your manuscript is clearly using British spelling, I will assume you want the American spelling of words.

You can write to me on my Contact page if you have any questions, or are ready to get your writing tidied up.