Editing and proofreading

Text page symbolWord wrangler for hire! Do you have some text that wants checking over with mistakes spotted and suggestions made?

Or do you want someone to dive in and overhaul it, or help you get the right structure to work for your audience?

It might be ebook text, reports, leaflets, promotional materials, web pages, online help sections or info for new users.

If working with words isn’t one of your main skills, bringing in someone with experience and a fresh perspective can take the pressure off you and really help your text to shine.

What I bring to the process:

  • attention to detail for zapping errors
  • stepping into a reader’s perspective to see what works and what they need to know
  • reframing things clearly in plain English
  • listening to your needs and respecting your writing voice.

I also have a service called Getting the words right, which has a coaching-type element: working with you live on a Skype call to get a piece of text sorted out and lined up with your message. That’s particularly good for getting unstuck when you’re creating something, like a book intro.

My background

Radio-Controlled Message Bottle cover imageHi, I’m Tim Gray. Words and me go back a long way.

In the 1990s I was the editor of Nottinghamshire’s Green Network News, and wrote the report for the national gathering of local authority environmental coordinators in 1995. I’ve written and self-published pencil-and-paper roleplaying games, and edited training resources for Citizens Advice.

I’ve even written a book about writing – The Radio-Controlled Message Bottle – writing to communicate.

But it’s not just about the word skills – it’s about working together too.

I listen to what you want from a piece so that we’re working in the same direction. And I know that editing isn’t just about correctness, but letting your authentic voice come through more clearly.

What it costs

Each piece is different, which is one reason I like to discuss your needs. I’ll usually give you a package price for the project.

To give you an idea of what we’re looking at, baseline prices run from £25 per hour for basic proofreading (checking errors in something that’s basically finished) through to £50 per hour for detailed copywriting. As well as how much content there is, I’ll look at the level of help you need for your text, how complex and urgent it is, and how much interaction we’ll need to have. (Is the brief clear and straightforward? Do you need a lot of exploration and support?)

How to go ahead

Tim Gray headshotPlease email me at tim@wordsthatchangetheworld.com. (I usually check mail a couple of times a day.)

Tell me what you’re looking for help with. If we don’t already know each other, give me a couple of sentences about who you are and what you do. A representative sample of the work will let me assess the job and price accordingly.

Before going ahead I like to arrange a short call, usually via Skype – especially if we haven’t worked together before – so we know we’re on the same page about what you want from the process, formats to use, and so on.

If you want to find out more about working with me, including a little video, check this page.


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