Welcome to my website!
I offer proofreading and copy-editing services to cater to the needs of fiction and non-fiction writers, students at all levels, thesis-writers, job-applicants, contributors to business publications, and many more.
Thanks to my training as an engineer, I am at home editing and correcting challenging technical texts and theses. In fact, I cut my teeth on the field of proofreading and editing submissions of university students, and discovered my passion for this vocation. I then acquired the Certificate in Proofreading and Copyediting from the New Zealand Writers College, and followed it up with a Certificate in Mastering Punctuation.
I am a New Zealander who came to Auckland from India many years ago and has never dreamt of moving anywhere else ever since. My academic training was as an engineer, but I have very wide-ranging interests in technical fields of work. I also have an abiding love for fiction and solving cryptic crossword puzzles.
"I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again."
"Proofreading is the reading of a galley proof or an electronic copy of a publication to detect and correct production errors of text or art" (Wikipedia). It generally involves making sure that writing is free of mechanical errors like spelling, punctuation, consistency and formatting.
"You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke."
Copy-editing involves all the proofreading tasks, and also improves phrasing and organization to make the writing more effective.
Why is editing important?
Once your text has been thoroughly proofread to remove errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation, editing adds the vital ingredients of stylistic consistency and polish. A piece of writing that's been proofread but poorly edited tends to come across as amatuerish and that's not what you want, I'm sure!
Just to illustrate, as an editor I will be focusing on the following:
finding out which words to capitalize in a title
choosing a bullet or list format that fits your topic or audience
finding notes about which editing marks to use while marking up copy
ensuring e-books, websites, tweets etc are cited correctly
abbreviation of specific words and titles
correctly citing a source within the text
consistent application of date formats, numbers and italics
determining spacing between letters, margin size, heading styles and other formatting considerations.
choosing the preferred spelling of a word that might have multiple spellings
And lots more like the above.
During the editing process I will be working closely with you, the writer, to make sure you are happy with the editing style that I am using to enhance your text.