Copyediting for individuals

Whatever your project – from recipes and song lyrics to short story collections, personal memoirs and fiction – our copyeditors can get the best out of it.

Taking your writing to the next level

Whether you’re a novelist preparing to pitch a new manuscript or a job candidate looking to impress, our wordsmiths will help you deliver a piece of writing that dazzles from start to finish. Our friendly, open-minded and creative team have reworked everything from instruction manuals to poetry, blogs to books.

At Tate & Clayburn, our approach is precisely tailored to your aims. If you’re writing a novel, one of our literature specialists will look closely at narrative, voice, tone, characterisation, consistency, structure and lexical choices. They’ll spot opportunities for greater creativity, entertainment or persuasion, depending on your intended readership. If you’re writing web content, we’ll make sure it’s super accessible, search engine optimised and works as hard as it can to deliver the outcome you need.

So don’t be shy! We’d love to hear what you’re planning and see how we can help. If timings are tight, just let us know: we’re usually able to fit work in at short notice while still giving you the attention and personalised care we’re known for.

You can also check out our proofreadingcopywriting and translation services. And if you’re looking to publish a manuscript, you might be interested in our book editing service.

Some examples of documents we edit:

  • novels
  • short stories
  • board games
  • blog posts
  • job applications
  • CVs
  • letters
  • recipes
  • websites
  • poems
  • song lyrics
  • presentations

Why choose Tate & Clayburn?


Certified quality

We’ve achieved the globally recognised ISO 9001:2015 quality management certification.

Exceptional team

Our hand-picked experts are trusted by hundreds of discerning clients worldwide.

Trust and confidentiality

We treat our clients’ data and intellectual property with the utmost care.

Customer service

Our customers give great feedback – because we don’t rest until they’re thrilled with our work.

Capacity and speed

We draw on all the resources we need to fit in with your schedule.

What is copyediting?

Copyediting is a more hands-on review of your document than proofreading, which is about ironing out the final creases before a document is published. A copyeditor usually works on the raw material before a document has gone to a designer, typesetter or publisher. This allows the changes to be implemented before the text is laid out, avoiding time-consuming adjustments later on. For many of our clients, we work in two phases: copyediting first, then proofreading once the document is in its final form.

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Alongside copyediting, we offer a reference-checking service, which ensures that your bibliography or reference list is consistent, complete and formatted in line with your chosen referencing style. We can also provide a specialist indexing service.

If your document has already been edited and you’re simply looking for a final polish, check out our proofreading services. For many projects, we provide both copyediting and proofreading, with or without a design stage in between.

Our copyediting service involves:

  • reworking the language to enhance readability, improve style and use of vocabulary, and ensure correct spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • making sure the author’s argument and ideas are clearly and logically expressed
  • improving the structure of the text and removing repetition
  • ensuring the consistency of text, images and layout, both within the document and with any guidelines you send us
  • fact-checking.

Services for individuals

Frequently asked questions

We place quality at the heart of everything we do, and we’re proud to be certified for compliance with ISO 9001:2015, the globally recognised quality standard. We only work with experienced and fully vetted editors and proofreaders, and our strict in-house quality-checking processes make sure nothing slips through the cracks. Read more about our approach to quality.

The work and personal data you share with us are treated as strictly confidential. All our team members are fully vetted and have signed a contract and non-disclosure agreement. We never share your details or documents with third parties, and we delete data once they are no longer needed. To find out more, please see our privacy policy.

We can usually edit or proofread short documents in as little as 24 hours. Let us know your deadline and we’ll do our absolute best to meet it.
All varieties! We most commonly work in British, American, Canadian and Australian English, but we’ll adapt to whatever preferences you have.
We work with all kinds of files. We most commonly edit and proofread in MS Word as changes can be easily tracked, but we also work in Google Docs, PDFs, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, LaTeX, InDesign and most other file types that are sent our way.

Once we’ve finished editing or proofreading your document, we’ll send it back in the format of your choice. If it’s a file type that supports tracked changes (such as MS Word or Google Docs), our suggestions and comments will be clearly marked up in the document.

Of course, if you have any questions after we’ve sent you the final document, we’re more than happy to answer them.

We do everything we possibly can to correct all errors in a document. We hire only experienced editors and proofreaders with a keen eye for detail, and we have a strict quality assurance policy in place. We’re also certified for compliance with globally recognised quality management standard ISO 9001:2015, which means we place customer satisfaction and quality at the heart of everything we do. Despite all of this, human error is still possible and we can’t guarantee 100% accuracy.
We calculate the cost of copyediting and proofreading based on the number of words in your document and the amount of work involved (for example, a heavy copyedit will cost more than a light proofread as more work is involved in reworking the document). Send us your document and deadline (or a sample of your text and the total word count) and we’ll get back to you with a free, speedy and precise quote.

We accept payment via bank transfer and PayPal, which includes card payments via the PayPal interface.

For individual clients, we ask that you pay up front the first time we work together; after that, we’ll switch to 30-day invoicing. For businesses, universities and other organisations, we understand that you would most likely prefer an invoice on completion. We’ll ask for your business address, and our payment terms are 30 days from the date of invoicing.

Don’t worry in the least! For most of our academic clients, we liaise directly with the finance department to sort out the admin, so you can focus on the research side of things. If you put us in touch with the relevant team, we’ll work through the supplier registration, quoting and invoicing process with them. Just let us know how you prefer to work and we’ll fit in with you.
Yes, as long as you can provide us with a full business address. For individual clients, we ask that you pay up front the first time we work together; after that, we’ll switch to 30-day invoicing.

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