Copyediting

Copyediting is where I feel I can be of most use to my clients.

Of the text, I ask broad questions: are the key messages getting across clearly? Is it logical? Is it consistent?

And I work with you, the client, respectfully and gently through the editing stages so that the experience is a satisfying (and not aggravating!) one for you.

-> For before-and-after samples of my editing, please get in touch via the contact form or email (info@theclarityeditor.com).

My approach to editing

These are the kinds of questions I’ll have for your manuscript:

Overall structure

  • What are the key messages?
  • Are the ideas presented logically?
  • Does the text order flow?

Paragraph & sentence structure

  • What is the author trying to say?
  • Does each paragraph and sentence make sense?
  • Are there redundancies?
  • Are there unexplained or out-of-place terms/concepts?

The basics

  • Spelling, grammar, punctuation, acronyms, references, capitalization, etc.
  • What style does the work follow and is it properly & consistently applied?
  • Anything Grammarly (and other editing tools I use) flag as something to be checked?

My approach to working with the client

My job is to make sure that the text conveys what you, the client, want.

It’s important to me to check in with you to make sure I understand your wishes and intents.

That means:

    • I will check with you for clarification if I’m not sure of anything.

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      I will ask you for clarification if I don’t understand.
    • I will make concrete suggestions and present options if possible. (“If you mean xxx, then you might insert a line like ‘xyz is abc’ here for clarity. OR if you meant bbb, you could say ‘aaa’ in the next para.”)
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I will make concrete suggestions, so you can choose. (This one also has a reference check.)
  • Any changes I propose are just that: proposals. The final decision will always rest with you.

Recent copyediting & proofing work

Here are some types of documents that I’ve had the pleasure of copyediting lately.

Academic online articles

...Articles on VoxEU.org, the policy portal of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (regular & ongoing)

Academic abstracts

..."Analysis of China's 21st Century Silk Road Policy"

..."Local Elections after Decentralization in Thailand: Lessons Learned"

..."Fascist Italy’s cultural policy for theater: Through the lens of Takarazuka Shojo Kagekidan’s first European tour (1938)"

Academic papers

..."Disruption of the Global Economy and Emerging Market Responses"

...Master's thesis on Japanese karoshi, death by overwork

Website copy

...English website text for a Japanese clinic

...Overall text for renewed BAMBI website (coming online in 2019)

Business materials

...Print ad & promotional video text for a Japanese clinic providing physical therapy and Thai & Chinese traditional medicine treatment

...Meeting 'scripts' for project manager in the private sector

...Internal presentation on business expansion plan for major private hospital in Bangkok

For before-and-after editing samples

If you would like to see before-and-after samples of my editing work, please send me a request via the contact form or email (info@theclarityeditor.com).