Hay Editorial | Specialist editing and proofreading for academics, students and writers

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I’m a proofreader and copy-editor who specialises in complex texts. If you have an academic writing challenge, you’ve come to the right place. I believe your work should be judged on its own merits and not on your English language skills.


I specialise in helping writers who use English as an additional language. I’ll help you express yourself to best effect so that nothing detracts from your work. I can make your thesis, dissertation or research paper clear, consistent and right for your target audience. I know how much the details matter, and I will take meticulous care with your text.



Why you should hire me


Experience  I have eight years of editorial experience in educational assessment contexts, where accuracy and consistency really count. I have ten years of experience as a qualified teacher helping writers who use English as an additional language to make their texts clear and accessible. 


Specialist knowledge  I hold postgraduate qualifications in Philosophy, Language Testing / Applied Linguistics and Classics. I’m an expert in teaching English for academic purposes and English for health professionals. 


Respect  I’ll respect your voice, your ideas and your audience. I’ll help you ensure your text makes the right impact, but I won’t make unnecessary or inappropriate changes.


Transparency  I’ll work with you to establish what you need and what you don’t need, and I’ll give you a transparent quote upfront.


Professionalism  As a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), I sign up to their Code of Practice and work to the highest standards.


Service  I’ll take care of it. I love what I do and I’ll do a good job for you.



How I’ll help you


Accuracy  I’ll check for and resolve all errors of grammar, punctuation, spelling and typography.


Style  I’ll enhance the clarity, structure and style to ensure a refined text for an academic audience.


References  I’ll check and correct references, in-text citations and footnotes in any of the main styles: Harvard, APA, MLA, Chicago, or whichever style you need.


Efficiency  I’ll work with you to establish the level of service you need and I’ll deliver the work promptly.



Get in touch


Contact me at lesley@hayeditorial.com to see how I can help you.