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Editing services for writers

My name is Dianne Battersby.
As a professional proofreader with over 14 years’ experience in editing services, I would love to help you achieve a polished result for your written work, whether that be a magazine, company brochure, dissertation or any piece of academic writing.

Please see my Services page, or contact me at dianne@editingeye.co.uk for further information and advice on my editing service.

Lack of attention to spelling, grammar and writing style can have negative impacts on your image and reputation

In today’s digital world, image and reputation are becoming increasingly important. Errors of spelling, grammar and punctuation in writing can lead to loss of business and reputation. See this BBC news article to understand just how costly certain errors can be for your business.

Proofreaders and copy-editors who have undergone training in editing services from the Publishing Training Centre and the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading know exactly the types of error that can slip through the net and are great at paying attention to the small details in a piece of writing.

So, if your written content is intended for publication or for online public viewing, have it checked by a trained and experienced proofreader.

Are you fully aware of English grammar rules?

Do you spend too much time trying to work out if your writing is clear, consistent and grammatically correct? In fact, are you sure you know all the ins and outs of English grammar?

A qualified proofreader has the knowledge and ability to iron out any issues in your writing, to ensure style is consistent and to provide clarity. 

So, hand your written document over to an expert and spend your time on other important matters.

Do I really need a professional editor? Can’t I just proofread my own work?

You can, of course, and some people do just that. You might eliminate some errors in your document, but why not use an experienced professional who knows exactly what to look out for.

As I read, I don’t simply look out for spelling and grammatical errors, I watch for inconsistencies and issues with sentence structure, problems that authors don’t always spot in their own writing.

What type of editing service do I need?

Email me a small sample of your document so I can advise on the level of edit needed and provide you with a quote.

Which editing method do you use?

I usually edit in Word using Track Changes. When I send the edited document back to you, you can see exactly what changes I’ve made as well as any comments or suggestions.

Alternatively, if you prefer PDFs, I can use Sticky Notes and the other editing tools.

If you prefer the traditional method of proofreading on paper, I’m trained in how to use the proofreading BSI symbols.

How long will it take for you to edit my document?

It’s always best to send me a sample of your work if you can, as word count is not the only factor in how long a piece of work is likely to take to edit. Naturally, non-native English will normally take longer to edit than the writing of a native English speaker. By looking through a few pages of your document, I can estimate the length of time it will take.

For further details and to send me a sample, click here. Please let me know your deadline, and remember to allow yourself time to look through the edited document for any last-minute queries or changes.

What are your payment terms and how do I pay?

Preferred payment is by bank transfer, although we can discuss other options, if you prefer.

Payment terms vary according to the length of the job, and I’m open to discuss this at the start of any project.

Do you have any terms and conditions?

You can find details of my terms and conditions here. For dissertations, theses and essays, please have a look at my academic agreement form.


  • Dianne is a first-class proofreader who played a key part in the excellence of Matters magazines at hibu. Her meticulous proofreading skills and attention to detail proved invaluable and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Dianne for any editorial project.

    Simon Wigmore,
    Editor, writer and digital journalist

  • Dianne is absolutely one of the best proofreaders I have worked with. Her attention to detail is extraordinary, and you can bet that once she has cast her eye over a piece of work it will be clean and typo-free. She has a fantastic command of English and will be an asset to anyone who employs her. She is a total professional who can work to extremely tight deadlines. She is a pleasure to work with.

    Tim Bowdler,
    Editorial Director at Newspress

  • I just want to thank you a lot for your help! I really appreciate it. It is always a bit more difficult to write an application in English when I am used to all that Danish writing.  When I write in English, it is normally for scientific writing … so it all looks much better and professional now. So thank you again! 

    Sali A., Denmark

  • Dianne worked with us, proofreading some 250,000 words of text, often under tight time frames. She is excellent: thorough, careful, reliable. She would go the extra mile – for example, realizing we had misspelt a province in Central Asia, or cited the wrong author for a text – things you only find by double checking beyond the text itself. I was very impressed, and would certainly engage her again.

    Megan Bastick,
    Gender & Security Fellow, DCAF and PhD Scholar, University of Edinburgh

  • It was good working with you, Dianne, glad to have found you! 

    I will certainly contact you again with future projects.

    Nigel Watson,
    Corporate Histories

  • Dianne consistently delivers excellent work and picks up on even the smallest detail we may have missed. Great communication and never fails to get the job done. We always rely on Dianne to edit and proof our most important client reports!

    Cecilia Lacombe,
    Production Manager, Prohibition Partners

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