Diane McKelvey

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I offer a professional and friendly editorial and proofreading service for businesses, organisations and individuals. I can help you get your message across clearly, accurately and with impact.

Depending on your requirements I can offer:

— a simple proofread of your material before publication with a fresh (and meticulous) pair of eyes to eliminate spelling, grammar, punctuation and stylistic errors and inconsistencies;

— a fuller edit so that the structure and presentation are as clear and reader-friendly as possible, tailored to your audience;

— editing for ‘plain English’, replacing jargon and making complex or technical subjects easier for non-specialist readers;

— editing of non-native English, so that your message is conveyed accurately and confidently.

I have an MA (Hons) English Language & Literature from the University of St Andrews, and was awarded Merit in the Publishing Training Centre’s well-regarded Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning course. I am an entry-level member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, adhering to their standards, and a member of the Editors’ and Proofreaders’ Alliance of Northern Ireland.

I usually work in Track Changes in MS Word so that you can review my edits before deciding whether to incorporate them, but I am also ready to proofread PDFs or hard-copy. I am happy to accept small or one-off projects as well as to work on longer texts or on publications requiring regular editorial input. My rates are reasonable and reflect the amount of editorial input required. I will usually ask first-time clients to supply a sample of their material in order to provide a quote.

In my earlier career I worked in London and abroad with the Diplomatic Service, serving in Russia, Southern Africa and Denmark. My international experience is valuable in editing non-native English and in tailoring material for different audiences. I can offer subject expertise when editing texts on:

–Government and the civil service
–International relations
–Russia and Former Soviet Union

… but I have wide interests and am ready to provide a reliable, meticulous editing or proofreading service on a range of subjects and types of document.

Please contact me for further information!


Diane recently proofread my thesis. I am very pleased with the thoroughness of her work, the way she considered my wishes (consistency of rules, spelling/hyphenation of specific terms etc) and the overall result. Her advice was very detailed and easy to understand even for non-native English speakers. She quickly answered all my additional questions and returned the thesis before the agreed date. I would certainly recommend her to others.

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