- Surrey, UK
AJT-Editing is owned and run by Abi Truelove, and offers professional proofreading and editing services to publishers, self-publishing writers and businesses.
With a sharp and critical eye for detail and accuracy, I will ensure your documents, publications and manuscripts are as consistent, error-free and polished as possible. Whether it's checking, tweaking, re-shaping or re-drafting, I can help you with:
– manuscripts, synopses, submission letters, blurbs
– textbooks, guides
– flyers, pamphlets, leaflets
– website text
I work either on paper using British Standards Institution (BSI) mark-up symbols or electronically using Track Changes in Microsoft Word.
I trained and qualified with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and the Publishing Training Centre. Previously, I worked for the GCE English department of a national examination board as a Qualifications Developer. My background is in English literature, with a BA from Lancaster University.
I have experience in educational, fiction and non-fiction. I've worked with numerous self-publishers of fiction and non-fiction, writing for a variety of age groups; with publishers specialising in children's fiction and textbooks for primary age, and I continue to work freelance for the AQA Examination Board. I've also worked with various businesses, proofreading web content and promotional materials.
You can also find me on LinkedIn (http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/abi-truelove/58/2a3/49/) and about.me (http://about.me/atruelove).
Abi was commissioned to copy-edit some content for our website. She came highly recommended by a friend and colleague for whom she'd previously done some proofreading work, and she certainly lived up to his recommendation: she is thorough, efficient, professional, courteous, and incredibly good value. I would have no hesitation in using her again, and wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a proofreader and/or editor.
When I contacted Abi to proofread eight English anthologies, she went out of her way to accommodate me. The print schedule was very tight and Abi was under a lot of pressure to deliver, which she did. She is very professional, pleasant and helpful. Her attention to detail is excellent. I have no hesitation in recommending Abi and I hope to be able to work with her again.
Working with Abi on editing my third novel was an absolute joy. She is by far the most supportive editor I've worked with and demonstrates a huge amount of dedication. Abi was constantly willing to go above and beyond to ensure my manuscript was of the highest quality possible, but also that I was comfortable with the changes being made.
Some proofreaders are simply an extra pair of eyes – there to pick up on things you might have missed from knowing your own work so well. This is all well and good, but I'd much rather have the service Abi provides. While she manages to find every possible mistake, misspelling and ill-though through phrase, she also offers an opinion on your story and characters. It's like having your book edited by a member of your intended audience.
In truth, she restored my faith in my work and has given me the best possible chance of publication. I cannot recommend Abi (and her more-than-reasonable fees) highly enough.
We were very grateful to Abi for turning around a client's last-minute proofreading job for us by the required deadline and for a very reasonable fee.
We would recommend Abi's proofreading services without hesitation.
Very many thanks, Abi, for editing my book and challenging some of my generalisations and opinions – leading to a much more polished final product.
Abi is easy to work with, provides excellent suggestions whilst maintaining the highest professional standards and has certainly been an essential element in my success in achieving a traditional publishing contract. As a writer herself, Abi totally gets how hard it is as a writer to expose your work to professional critique, and I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for proofreading/editing and advice. She really does have 'hawk eyes' when it comes to snagging every last error!
Abi did a great job for Anatomised reviewing and editing a 17 page document on the subject of copywriting. Even the best of writers can benefit from someone proofreading their work. Abi not only picked up any literals she also recommended improvements to phrasing and sentence structure in order to increase clarity. Wherever appropriate she made margin notes to explain her reasoning. Abi turned the work around in a reasonable time and for very reasonable fees. I'd have no reason not to work with her again and every reason to recommend her to others.
I’ve worked with Abi on several projects now, including my debut novel. I needed to reduce the word count, tighten my long-winded sentences, and basically get the manuscript into shape. I left feedback some time ago, but after recently receiving the final part of the MS, I felt compelled to do it again. I wanted to express my gratitude for Abi’s invaluable advice, as her professional approach never failed to impress me. Word by word she dissected the text, pointed out and corrected inconsistencies, inaccuracies and bad grammar, as well as plotline and timeline problems. She’s extremely thorough and her attention to detail is second to none. All my queries were answered promptly, including all my follow-up questions, and I’m extremely happy with the final result. I’d love to work with Abi again and absolutely and wholeheartedly recommend her services, which, by the way, are very reasonably priced for the high caliber of her work. Thank you, Abi.
Abi did a brilliant job of proofreading two articles and a report for me. She was professional, prompt, thorough, efficient, very easy to work with and very reasonably priced. I will certainly be using her again, and would recommend her without hesitation.
A very professional, friendly, thorough and reasonably priced service, with excellent communication throughout. Abi copy-edited my novella, and I am delighted with the job she did. I intend to use her services again in the very near future on another manuscript. I would recommend her whole-heartedly.
I cannot recommend Abi highly enough. I have worked with her twice now, both times involving her proofreading a textbook for me. She is professional, friendly, approachable, efficient, and her attention to detail is second to none. I will be using her again.
I found Abi's advertisement quite by chance and used her services for 3 of my books. I decided to look for the services of a copy editor to get my writing ready for submission as the one thing in my life I do not have is time. Abi delivers, keeps you informed and provides valuable feedback. What impressed me most was her attention to detail and thus I was able to correct errors with the timeline and scene structure. I will definitely be using her services again.
Abi was very enthusiastic and willing, and did a good job of proofreading some children's books for me. She performed the task to the deadline and was very pleasant to work with. I would recommend her.
Abi was recommended to me by a friend, and I feel very fortunate that I received this recommendation.
She has been extremely helpful, and encouraging to work with. She is reasonably priced for her work, so all in all great value and fantastic service.
If you are looking for an editor – look no further, she will not disappoint you.
Abi is an enthusiastic and highly professional editor, who is as keen as we are to make our books perfect. She has also proved very flexible – working right up to the deadline.
I was in the final stages of editing my debut novel and I knew that I was never going to feel confident enough to send my synopsis and first chapters to agents and publishers, unless I had them professionally edited and proofread.
From the very first email Abi was extremely helpful and professional and she replied promptly and at length to all my queries. She copy-edited the pages I sent through with a forensic attention to detail, making astute suggestions and insightful observations, thus helping me view the problems in a new and objective light.
The communication throughout the whole experience was excellent, and I was kept fully informed on the progress of her work. I'm very grateful to Abi for making such a difference to the final draft and I highly recommend the editing services she provides. Thank you, Abi! I'm one happy customer.
Abi's attention to detail is excellent. She has done a superb job of proofreading my progress report. She is professional, efficient, enthusiastic, and friendly. Abi was recommended to me and I have already booked her to proof read my next report, due to be published in March. I have passed on Abi's details to other colleagues in need of regular proof readers for their reports. Julie Lewis
I cannot recommend Abi enough. I've been writing a YA fantasy book, which I personally believed was ready to send to agents, but it took a professional like Abi to come along and make me realise how many mistakes it contained. Abi corrected grammar, spelling, punctuation, paragraphing…the list goes on.
I'm so pleased I found her because she's made my book soooo much better. She's an amazing editor who's a pleasure to work with.
Great eye for detail – picks up everything and anything! Delighted with the efficient, personal service from Abi.