My approach to copyediting is to use as light a hand as possible. The best editing work is invisible to the reader because it retains the spirit of the author’s work and removes only the mechanical errors—typographical, grammatical and of punctuation and word use. I use Word’s Track Changes feature to allow authors to retain control of the finished output and to help them to fine-tune their writing. I work to a style guide and a dictionary appropriate to the client’s audience, i.e., Australian English, British English, American English etc.
With an eagle eye for errors in grammar and punctuation, I specialise in helping others to refine their words to achieve maximum impact, including checking facts about events, places and people. I also undertake copywriting, copyediting and proofreading of marketing material—digital magazines, electronic newsletters, promotional campaigns, Facebook content, website copy, blog entries and printed collateral.
Here are some testimonials from some of my clients:
Nadine does a superb job of copyediting and proofreading—accurate, thorough and timely. My book was in a specialised professional field yet Nadine took the time to understood what I was trying to say and gently suggest alternative words and phrasing where required with a greatly improved end result. Nadine was a pleasure to deal with throughout the project—always helpful and positive in her responses to my first-timer questions and problems. I have no hesitation in recommending Nadine.
Dr Robin King-Cullen – author of Mastering the Art of Planning—100 Lessons from Urban Planning Practice (Blurb, 2015)
I recently had the pleasure of working with Nadine Ireland. Her copy proofing skills are impressive and she was a joy to collaborate with. Fast, efficient, always available for discussion and endlessly patient. I would strongly recommend her services to anyone.
Valerie Morton – author of Blame it on the Rain: Life Around Byron Bay AUSTRALIA (Blurb, in publication)
Nadine weaves her magic correcting grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and other crimes against the English language that I commit. I highly recommend her services as she does this without losing my voice or message. When I have worked with other copywriters they have sanitised my work, which didn’t allow me to develop my brand. She is also efficient and prompt, a real asset for a busy small business owner. She gets five stars from me.
Anna Field -Sole Director, The Paddington Beauty Room