- London, GB
- £7 /hr
- Available now
Proofreading posters and other promotional materials for Sky TV
Experienced copy-editor, proofreader and writer. Passionate about writng in plain English. Many people write stuff without giving it any thought and, in the process, they put offmore...Experienced copy-editor, proofreader and writer. Passionate about writng in plain English. Many people write stuff without giving it any thought and, in the process, they put off their reader or potential client. Here's where I'll come in. I can turn gobbledegook into well-written, to-the-point and easy-to-understand English. (See later, 'How I work and what I do'.)
I worked for a leading charity for deaf and hard of hearing people and learnt how to write in plain English during that time. The charity won a Plain English award for clear writing for leaflets I'd worked on.
I work as a freelancer to fit in with looking after my child and I enjoy the freedom I get from working for myself. I like to do my best, however big or small the job, and I am rewarded for that - I get asked to go back to do jobs again and again.
Working through PPH means I can work from home. So, please get in touch if you want to make sure what you are writing makes sense and is appropriate for your reader.
How I work and what I do
If you need to produce information that is clearly written, without obvious mistakes, and that is easy to read, then I'm your person.
I can turn the most badly-written technical, medical or general copy into copy that your reader will understand and find informative. It could mean the difference between causing confusion and leaving your reader angry and frustrated or enlightening them and making them feel grateful that, at last, they have found something that makes sense and is helpful.
How do I do this?
First, I will look at the state of the draft. How much can I use, what needs re-writing? Are there any information gaps? Is it in housestyle (this means using terminology that is particular for an area)? Are grammar, punctuation and spellings correct? Above all, does it make sense when read out?
I will work with you and am not afraid to make suggestions (diplomatically and sensitively) to improve your materials - if you are happy to have feedback.
I can write original copy - taking into account the brief, the target audience and housestyle. Who the writing is aimed at is the most important element of writing - is the pitch right for your audience? Are they lay people? How much do they already know? What will the content need to include?
I also write a blog and designed and wrote text for my small business website (procreationsdesigns.co.uk), supplying greetings cards.
I am excellent at spotting mistakes, typos, inconsistencies. I have the ability to look at the detail and the bigger picture. I can communicate my corrections using standard proofing symbols. My most recent proofreading work has been for Sky TV and RAPP.
I have worked on information materials from leaflets to training manuals, mainly for the charity sector. Areas I've worked on are hearing loss, autism, pre-school learning and medical information.
Admin and secretarial services
Can set up meetings, prepare agenda papers, take minutes, touch-type documents, draft letters and any other documents, design templates, answer phones, and provide general office admin.
I am well-spoken and know where to put my commas and apostrophes so I can take the heat off if you are happy to leave me to draft your documents!
Have serviced complex scientific policy meetings and taken minutes for such meetings. I recently worked for the NHS Neonatal Screening Programme as a minute-taker for complex policy meetings.
Area Covered: London, UK-wide
Company Name: A Full English
Industry: Charity & Non-Profit, Commercial sector
Education Summary: Graduate of pharmacology (2:1 with honours)
Copy editor, proofreader, writer