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I’m Bec McNeil, a professionally trained proofreader awarded distinction by the Publishing Training Centre, and an intermediate member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. As Gimlet Editorial, I offer a bespoke service with meticulous attention to detail and a dedication to creative and academic excellence.
If you’re a small business owner struggling to find the time to keep your web content clear and accurate, or a student facing the challenge of conveying your ideas in your second language – I can help. Maybe you’re an indie author almost ready to publish – I’m here to find every last typo, extraneous space and misplaced comma in your manuscript before it goes out to the world with your name on it.
Having worked as an English teacher in international schools in Asia and South America, and with 15 years’ experience of helping young people from all over the world become better writers, I’ve developed a knowledge and facility for English grammar and lexis that is second to none, and I’m well placed to assist both native and non-native speakers to produce writing that is professional, accurate and crystal-clear.
I have proofread all kinds of texts for both individuals and large organisations, from lifestyle blogs to promotional material for the Arts Council of England, but with several years’ experience of preparing sixth formers for university, one of my specialisms is academic writing. I’ve been an IB thesis supervisor many times, helping students to master the principles of in-text citation and referencing, and the intricacies of compiling a bibliography.
While much of my work is for students and academics, my own academic background has led to strong working relationships with self-published authors writing in genres as diverse as time-travel romance, YA and cosy crime. I have a first class BA in English Literature, as well as a Master’s in Applied Linguistics, where my thesis explored the relationship between functional linguistics and the teaching of poetry; I have also devised and taught A-Level creative writing modules, as well as serving as an examiner for the AQA examining board on the editorial writing module. Words have always been my bread and butter, and the creative use of language is my obsession!
For a more detailed overview of my qualifications and expertise, the services I offer and a range of testimonials from satisfied clients, you can visit my website via the link above. I look forward to hearing from you!
Bec has proofread two works for me—a novel and a novelette. Her work is outstanding. She communicates well, her questions are on point, and she catches everything. Most impressive to me is that her suggestions show real insight, not just a regurgitation of stylesheet rules. By the way, I write in American English whereas Bec is British. I believe the final product is improved by that difference.
I’d like to thank Bec for putting in so much work in proofreading my manuscript. I could tell she read every word, and she made several good catches neither I nor my copy-editor picked up. Thank you!
I contacted Bec when I was putting together a job application. It took me such a long time to draft my personal statement that it was a huge relief to be able to hand it over to a professional for proofreading. I’d already had it checked by two other people who had picked up on some spelling mistakes, but Bec found grammatical errors they had missed as well as sentences where my meaning could have been construed in different ways. She also suggested re-arranging the paragraph structure for greater impact. I would definitely recommend her services, and if I move jobs again I will be giving her a call!
As someone with absolutely no writing experience, it was really reassuring to have someone so knowledgeable proofreading my work, and it really helped with my confidence. Bec always seemed to understand what I was trying to get across and managed to correct my punctuation without losing the chatty and intimate tone I was aiming for in my blog. She was always very clear and honest about whether my articles just needed a light polish or a more in-depth proof-edit. Thanks to her help, as time went on and I found my feet as a writer, it was the former more often than the latter!
K.O’Leary, Lifestyle Blogger