If you have something that needs to be proofread or edited, whoever you may be, then I'm here to help you.
Do you have a problem with apostrophes? Not sure how many commas you need in that first sentence? Colons and their meaner, smaller semicolon brothers got you backed into a corner? Sections of your essay or book just not fitting together?
I will spruce up your written English so it's more readable and ready for whatever you need; be that publication for your book, better sales from your website copy, better grades for your essays or more conversions from your marketing landers – or anything else you have in mind! I'm looking forward to working with you; I invite you to get in touch with me now.
I'm Becca Judd, and I live in Scotland. You needn't worry, I'm not going to be sneaking cheeky little ayes and och the noos into your text.
I'm an associate of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), one of the UK's most respected organisations of proofreaders and editors. They – and I – strive to produce top quality work, and as an associate of the SfEP I take pride in providing a professional, thorough proofreading and copy-editing service.
I've been doing proofreading and editing work for many years now, and I've worked with a broad range of clients. One of my earliest pieces of work was editing The British Red Cross' internal guide titled Working With Young Refugees.
Since then I have worked with Has Bean, one of the UK's largest coffee companies. During that time I've become increasingly involved in helping them to tighten up and correct their writing.
I've also worked with several authors, from completing a bespoke project with science fiction author Charles Stross to editing novels for several more authors, both published and unpublished.
I hold a B.A. in English Literature with Creative Writing and a keen dislike of leaving any grammar error unedited. I also strive to continually improve my craft through constant practice and new challenges.
It's a pleasure to meet you. Please continue on to read more about what I can do for you, or skip right to contacting me here.
Rebecca's work has been a lifesaver.
I run one of the UK's biggest single origin coffee companies, Has Bean, but I am the first to admit my writing skills aren't very good.
Each of our coffees has a detailed individual description including tasting notes and, often, information on the farm where it's grown. Rebecca makes those descriptions sound better and much more readable. She takes what I originally publish and sends me back a version that's far more grammatically correct than mine. She rearranges sentences to make better sense and generally fixes things!
She reads over everything twice, and ensures that all the formatting is correct to my site's standard fonts and sizes before sending it back to me. She also does all this for Has Bean's blog posts.
Recently we set up a system to allow her to directly proofread and access our labels on our system. This system works on our main database so we were pretty nervous about it, but Rebecca has coped with our systems perfectly.
Rebecca's work has been a lifesaver.
- Stephen Leighton, Director of Has Bean Coffee.
I can't recommend her highly enough, and she saved me a lot of time.
I'm a working author. My job isn't just writing: I have to manage various stages in my books' publication life cycle. And when working on a series of books, it really helps to keep track of what I've already written.
One of my ongoing jobs is a series of novels I've been working on since 2002 (here's the first). Keeping track of a million words of text and thirty major characters over a decade is really challenging. So as I got ready to tackle book 7 in the series, I hired Rebecca Judd to help me with a major chore: importing and reformatting the published text of the first six books into my current working environment (an author's workbench called Scrivener), cross-referencing and tagging every scene and character to make it easily searchable.
This she did with great aplomb, despite not having used the program in question before: in the process she saved me at least two months' work and did a great job.
Rebecca is a good communicator, diligent and thoughtful, and never left me wondering what she was up to: I can't recommend her highly enough, and she saved me a lot of time.
- Charles Stross, award-winning and bestselling science fiction author.
... although I am a professional writer myself, with seven books under my belt, I feel my own writing and editing abilities are not as good as Ms. Judd’s.
It is my great pleasure to write this letter of recommendation for Ms. Rebecca Judd, who has volunteered in extraordinary fashion for the world’s largest online course on learning, “Learning How to Learn,” sponsored through Coursera and the University of California, San Diego. This class, which has had over 325,000 students in its first two sessions, is an enormously complex enterprise. Ms. Judd’s superlative leadership efforts have been invaluable in making the course a success.
Ms. Judd’s participation when she took the course in the first session was so exceptional that I asked if she might be willing to serve as a Senior TA for the course in its second session. As Senior TA, Rebecca took charge of soliciting new TAs (some 35 TAs were ultimately needed for the course); managing the TAs; helping to draft as well as edit major emails and correspondence to the TAs and students (this was a particularly important duty, with emails going out at times to well over 100,000 students); and monitoring the forums and dealing with occasionally intractable students and difficult-to-resolve computer and internet issues.
Rebecca also has served as a stellar publicist for the course. For example, my publicist at Penguin-
Random House for my own book was deeply impressed at Rebecca’s ability to land an engagement for my co-instructor and I on reddit’s “Ask Me Anything.” Even a professional publicist has difficulties landing such exceptional engagements! Ms. Judd shows a powerful knowledge and ability with Twitter and Facebook that has been a great boon in helping bring the course to the attention of additional tens of thousands of students.
Ms. Judd’s performance was so exceptional that a new position was created for her as “Lead TA.” In this position, Rebecca smoothly and beautifully interacts with TAs, students and myself, all the while demonstrating worldly acumen and the ability to make firm, wise choices and decisions. She manages the many TAs in the course with both grace and aplomb—she is respected and liked by everyone.
As a final note, I must point out that although I am a professional writer myself, with seven books under my belt (one a New York Times best-selling science book), I feel my own writing and editing abilities are not as good as Ms. Judd’s. Her voluntary sharing of her talents with us all in the online course is a tribute to her great heart as well as her great abilities.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you might have any further questions.
Dr. Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE
-Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE Vice President, Members, IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
Professor of Engineering at Oakland University.
Rebecca is my spare brain.
Rebecca is my spare brain. Rather than let a manuscript sit idle for a couple of weeks then come back to it with fresh eyes, I send the thing over to her. She fixes all the embarrassing bloopers so I don't have to.
- M. Harold Page, historical adventure author and sword-fighting expert.
Her sensitive approach ensures that personal writing style is left intact whilst genuine errors are flagged up and amended.
To date Rebecca has proofread two novels for me in preparation for submitting the work for review by industry professionals. Her sensitive approach ensures that personal writing style is left intact whilst genuine errors are flagged up and amended.
As a writer, retaining one’s personal voice is essential and finding an editor that is diligent enough to amend your work but aware enough to retain your style is something indeed to hold onto.
- Amy Roskilly, author seeking publication.
In my perfect manuscript she found and corrected about 1000 errors, and the book is much stronger for her work.
I hired Rebecca to proof-read and edit my book, Swordfighting, before it went to layout. In my perfect manuscript she found and corrected about 1000 errors, and the book is much stronger for her work. She was reliable, professional, competent, and prices her work fairly. I'd definitely hire her again.
- Guy Windsor, historical swordsmanship expert and author.
I am more than happy! You have become a critical part of my/Class Central's process.
I am more than happy! You have become a critical part of my/Class Central's process. I am able to write much faster because I know you can fix it. MOOC Report is read by 40,000 - 50,000 people every month, so it's very critical to Class Central's future and growth.”
- Dhawal Shah, founder of Class Central.
Rebecca knows more about grammar than Google ... Rebecca is very helpful, explains her thinking clearly and gives you options. She is always ready to listen, and to adapt her suggestions to what you want.All Hail The Editor!
It’s a phrase I’ve heard banded about a lot. Usually in reference to my spelling, or tense, for some reason it’s always tense. A grammatical error is pointed out, followed by the statement; “it’s okay, the editor will sort that out for you.”
Well after several years of these comments I decided to go and find an editor. Rebecca Judd was recommended to me by a friend at my writers’ group and I let her loose on the first three chapters of my novel, telling myself they could only be improved by it.
Rebecca knows more about grammar than Google. That is pretty awesome.
If you are serious about writing, and want to iron out all the distracting, fiddly mistakes you never knew you were making then you need her help.
In terms of submitting work to publishers and agents her help is invaluable. I want to showcase my work in the best possible light, not irritate potential agents with spelling errors. Applying to competitions on the internet is a lot less daunting when you know you’re not going to get a stream of grammar fascism thrown at you.
Rebecca is very helpful, explains her thinking clearly and gives you options. She is always ready to listen, and to adapt her suggestions to what you want.
I don’t think I could do what I’m doing without her help. It also gives me the smug response: “Yes, my editor did sort that out for me.”
– Rory Smith, author seeking publication.
What will YOU say?
I generally negotiate a quote with each client on a case-by-case basis, because each project has different needs. Your book, article or paper may need a copy-edit; another may need a type of proofreading.
However, the guidelines in the table below will give you some idea of what to expect for cost and services offered.
These prices reflect the fact that I'm an associate of the SfEP and aim to produce high quality work. The rates are based on the SfEP's recommended rates and the fact that I value accuracy and quality over haste.
Here are some examples of work you might send me under these guideline rates: novels, university or college essays, blogposts, website copy and so on.
I'll also consider taking on bespoke projects that require different work to that set out below: see Charles Stross' testimonial for one such example of a bespoke project. In these cases, fees will be negotiated and tailored specifically to the bespoke work required.
I maintain reliable and regular email communication for all clients as standard.
Rates based on GBP. The $ and € currency conversions shown in the table are current as of 23rd August 2016, and they will be updated monthly.
I invite you to contact me in one of three ways. Whichever you choose, I'll aim to get back to you within a working day.
So how can I help you? Drop me a line and let's get started.
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