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Services For Individuals

Luke Finley Editorial provides a professional but friendly and flexible service to individual writers. I can provide the editorial support you need, whether you’re an academic wanting your chapter or paper checked, a self-publishing author, or even just writing something (a family history, for example) that you want to distribute privately.

Some publishers, particularly smaller presses, 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 services in any combination to suit your needs; to talk about this and get a quote, please 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 very 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 probably 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 will never be completely reliable.

Let me take care of your proofreading for you. You’ll 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.


This is a more detailed edit, usually done at an earlier stage of writing.

It includes checking your text thoroughly for grammar, spelling and punctuation, and making sure the style and content are clear and consistent. I will highlight any other concerns or queries and suggest ways to address them.

Depending on what you need, 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 or coding the elements of 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.

I can provide that independent eye for detail, as well as extensive, varied writing experience. I can undertake more in-depth editing, restructuring and rewriting to help you make your text clear, readable and well-suited to your target audience.

This could include applying well-established principles of ‘plain English’ to help you get your message across clearly. This involves considering things like layout, length and structure of sentences and paragraphs, and use of jargon or technical language.

Substantive editing could also include checking English language use, for writers using English as a second language or texts that have been translated into English.