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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It was a pleasure working with Barbara. Her professionalism, efficiency, and patience are outstanding. I am looking forward to our next corporation.


The best proofreader you can find and it is really a pleasure to work on my master dissertation with her. Barbara is kind and helpful and you can see how much effort she put into your work.


She was very fast and patient, and very careful in her corrections!really recommend


It’s my luck to meet Barbara here. She is professional, efficient and nice.
I think I will cooperate with her again and again.


I don’t know why there are so few reviews of Barb here, I really recommend her. Her prices are very reasonable and the value for money is very good. Her work is very very detailed and I can tell she is so professional. Barb is also very friendly and the communication with me was smooth. I really look forward to working with her next time!


Absolutely thrilled with Barbara ‘s work. Barbara proof read my dissertation and kept me up to date throughout the process and was incredibly supportive throughout.
I cannot recommend Barbara more highly if you are looking for an excellent proof reader look no further
Very very pleased with her service


I highly recommend Barbara for the article proofreading. She is really kind, supportive and precise. Communicate with her is easy, and she finished the work before the deadline.Strongly recommended!


Absolutely incredible, drastically improved my essays, and completed the work in an amazingly fast time. Would highly recommend.


Barbara was very swift and accurate in her proof reading (and copy editing) of my articles. She certainly made it read better and had an impact as I had several enquiries based on them. Highly recommended!

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