Melanie James | All about the written word: Research | Writing | Copywriting | Editing | Proofreading

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I’m Melanie @ ‘Take it as read’.
I’m a friendly, professional writer and editor.
I’m all about the written word.
How can I help you make perfect sense for maximum impact?

I offer a complete writing service to businesses, authors and academics seeking to publish, including PhD and MA students with theses and dissertations to deliver.

I have over 20 years of experience working as a writer, editor, proofreader and copywriter for clients all over the world.

My mother tongue is English but I also speak French and German.

With a strong business background and clients from many industries and business sectors including aviation, hospitality, food and beverage catering solutions, finance and EU institutions, I can craft engaging text to persuade and convince your audience. I can help you say precisely what you mean to say!

My academic background – MBA (University of Lancaster), MA in History (University of Birmingham), BA (Hons) in French (University of Warwick), post-graduate diploma in International Marketing Management (Boston University, Brussels) – means I have the credentials not only to make your written material read well and be grammatically correct but I can also help you to structure it and ensure you adhere to the requisite referencing style. My MA dissertation was published in 2018 (Cornwall and the Great War, Perspectives on Conflict and Place, Institute of Cornish Studies).

I have written and edited scripts for whitepapers, conference papers, product videos and texts for corporate brochures, newsletters, website content, promotional materials, board reports and blogs as well as academic books, journals, articles, PhD theses and dissertations.

As a Professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading I adhere to a strict code of practice.


I now live in West Sussex in the UK and Kirchberg in Luxembourg.


Melanie edited my book at content and copyedit level. She did a wonderful job and for a good price. It was really pleasant to review her work and to communicate with her. The topic was Southeast Asia history, and the size of the book was around 130,000 words. She highlighted content issues and greatly improved the language. Then she was available to reply to the questions I had. I made the good choice, and I recommend working with her. Her website is well-designed and helpful.


We outsourced a corporate proofreading project to Melanie and she did a superb job. Very thorough corrections and comments, and the work was received on time. A very friendly service too. Highly recommended!


The service from Melanie was so great and fast as well as very helpful. Definitely worth five stars!

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