Welcome to Editwrite

Welcome to Editwrite: professional proofreading, plain English and business writing services, tailored for you and your readers

Proofreading

Need a fresh pair of eyes to help polish your document?

“Thank you very much for all your work proofreading the reports. Your diligence, initiative and clear and prompt communication is much appreciated.”

Plain English

Need to cut through woolly words to create a clear message?

“Thanks for all your help making our new guidelines so much easier to read and digest. Your work took our rambling thoughts and tidied them beautifully into headings and bullet points in a way we just couldn’t have done without you.”

Business writing

Need help getting started with your report?

“Lisa is reliable, professional and insightful and always produces a high standard of work.”

Editwrite is me, Lisa Robertson: professional proofreader, experienced business writer and fan of plain English.

I work freelance from my home in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, helping businesses and individuals to produce clear, consistent and accurate text.

Each piece of work is unique, so whether it’s proofreading, plain English services or business writing you’re after, I will tailor my services to your needs, your purpose and your readers.

Get in touch today for a free quote or no-commitment chat about your requirements.

The Editwrite approach: the three Cs of business writing

As a proofreader and business writer, I have developed my own views on what makes a good piece of writing. It boils down to three Cs: clarity, consistency and conventions, and for me, the order is important.

Clarity

Clarity is the most important thing I aim for at Editwrite. I put myself in your readers’ shoes and think carefully about how they will receive your text. Will they understand it? Will they act upon it? So I can do this most effectively, I will ask about the purpose of your text and who your intended readers are.

Consistency

By consistency, I mean using the same spelling, hyphenation and capitalisation preferences throughout, and making sure things like headings are styled in the same way. I will aim for consistency within your text, as it helps to achieve that clarity we’re looking for. Consistency is about looking after your readers, guiding them and making them feel safe and confident in the message you are trying to convey.

Conventions

Conventions are what some people call the ‘rules’ of spelling, grammar and punctuation. They help us to achieve consistency and, in turn, clarity. I prefer to call them ‘conventions’ because I think they are more flexible than sometimes we are led to believe! I will work to the strictest of style guides if you need me to, but otherwise, I will prioritise clarity over hard-and-fast ‘rules’.

Latest from the Editwrite blog

Swapping the red pen for RED January

A new year is always a good time for a new challenge. Dry January? Veganuary? I don’t drink a huge amount or eat a lot of meat anyway, but those options didn’t really appeal to me. Then I came across RED January – an initiative run in partnership with Mind, the mental health charity. RED stands for Run Every Day, but it’s also used in the colour sense to symbolise beating the January blues. By the end of January, I’d run for 31 consecutive days, and had covered 227 kilometres (141 miles). Here’s how I got there and why.

Merry Christmas!

Thank you to all my clients, colleagues and friends for your support this year!