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Services For Individuals

Luke Finley Editorial provides a professional but sensitive editorial service to individual writers, whether you’re an academic wanting an article checked before submission, a self-publishing author, or even just writing something (like a family history) that you want to distribute privately.

Some publishers don’t provide a full copy-edit and proofread as part of their service to writers. But these things are essential to ensuring your finished work is polished, professional and appealing to your readers.

My services are described below. I can provide these in any combination; to discuss your needs and get a quote, get in touch via the contact page.



This is a final, careful check through your document to make sure that everything is 100% accurate and consistent.

Anyone can skim over the odd spelling mistake, missing word or misplaced comma. And it’s hard to proofread your own work. You know what should be there: that’s what you tend to see, instead of what is actually there.

But remember, your readers don’t know what should be there. They will notice any gaps or errors.

You’ve probably spell-checked your text, but a computer can’t really understand what you’ve written, so it’s not completely reliable.

By paying a proofreader, you buy yourself the peace of mind of knowing that your text is word-perfect. And you’ll free up your own time so you can get back to the day job, or get on with your next writing project.


If your text needs a bit more work to get it into shape, this is usually known as copy-editing. This means checking your text thoroughly for grammar, spelling and punctuation, but also making sure the style and content are clear and consistent, highlighting any other concerns or queries, and suggesting ways to address them.

Depending on your needs, copy-editing can also include

  • making sure references, tables, pictures and other elements are accurate and in the right place
  • checking that hyperlinks are working
  • highlighting possible copyright or libel concerns
  • applying consistent formatting, and other aspects of preparing your text for typesetting

Substantive editing and plain language support

It can be hard to judge how clearly you’ve communicated your message in your own writing. You know your subject and what you’re trying to say: it’s not easy to read your text as if you were someone else, without that inside knowledge.

More in-depth editing, restructuring and rewriting could help make your text clearer, more readable and as appropriate as possible for your target audience. I can provide an independent eye, and extensive, varied writing experience.

Substantive editing might include applying well-established principles of ‘plain English’, thinking about things like layout, length and structure of sentences and paragraphs, and use of jargon or technical language.

It might also include checking language use for writers using English as a second language or in a translated text; rewriting a text for a different audience; or making suggestions to reduce the length of a text.