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Barb Jarratt – Proofreader

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If you’re looking for a professional proofreader who understands the power of writing that is clear, precise and full of impact – you’re in the right place!

Good proofreading and proof-editing should work like a charm to smooth rough edges yet preserve your style and meaning so you can craft writing you’re really proud of. I’d love to work with you to help you get your manuscript or text absolutely ready to go.

As an ex-English teacher with three decades of UK and international school teaching experience, I have deep knowledge of English grammar, punctuation and the craft of writing.

My Masters degree in Creative Writing further developed my skills in extensive literary and academic reading, writing, critical analysis and critiquing.

My comprehensive training in proofreading with the Publishing Training Company has allowed me to set up my freelance business, working with authors, academics, charities and businesses on a wide range of projects.

As a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, I’m signed up to their code of conduct so my experience and training have been vetted and approved by people who know their stuff.

Here are a couple of testimonials you can trust:

‘Barb read a draft of my first novel for MG readers. Her feedback was incredibly well structured, articulate and clear, so that after the first read I knew exactly what she meant and didn’t need to go back for clarification.

She provided ‘big picture’ feedback on aspects of pace, characterisation, setting etc. with thoughtful and incisive comments, and struck a well-judged balance between positive feedback and constructive criticism. She made insightful observations when, for example, characters were too thinly drawn or the pace of a scene dropped off – or perhaps wasn’t even necessary. She also introduced important feedback on aspects of diversity which I found especially valuable.

Barb also has an impressive ability to take the ‘helicopter view’ and then zoom in on details. She picked up a range of critical issues such as narrative inconsistencies, the repetition of particular phrases, as well as providing nuanced grammatical feedback.

This ability to pivot between the ‘big picture’ feedback and very granular proof-reading/line edit is, in my experience, a rare and precious talent and I feel my subsequent redraft has benefited enormously from Barb’s input.’
(R Graham, writer)

‘Barb’s work offered our charity’s research report a quality of proof-read which excelled all our expectations, reassuring us with a phenomenal vigilance for grammar, layout, referencing and continuity. We cannot recommend her highly enough.’
(Dr J Miller, Director of Research, Police Care UK)

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