What is copy-editing?
checking grammar, punctuation and spelling.
watching out for factual errors
addressing issues with flow and ambiguity
applying or creating a house style
using Word’s Styles to mark up the text
ensuring that references are correctly formatted
Please note that for dissertations and theses, I do not check errors or facts.
What non-fiction areas do I offer copy-editing in?
I offer copy-editing:
on dissertations and theses in all areas.
on academic writing for journals and books in humanities, but especially in the areas of feminism, theology and religion.
to self-publishing writers.
to charities or NGOs working in the areas of human rights, animal rights and environmentalism (special costings may apply here).
in bodywork fields such as yoga, Feldenkrais, shiatsu, etc.
to people with English as a second language. I have a long experience of working with people who have English as a second language. I taught ESOL in Japan, Germany and the UK for about 14 years and hold the Trinity certificate in TESOL.
I have a BA(Hons) in Philosophy from the University of London and an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Lancaster.
In 1999 I moved to Japan and became involved with a number of groups in the areas of feminism, theology, ecumenicalism, women’s rights and social justice.
I edited the English language proceedings of the Center for Feminism and Ministry in Japan from 2009 to 2019, working closely with its founders Dr Satoko Yamaguchi and Dr Hisako Kinukawa.
I founded and facilitated the Feminist Theology Circle which sought to bring together Japanese and English-speaking feminists and theologians, hosting meetings with Leonard Swidler, Carol Meyers and Kwok Pui-Lan.
I set up Just Trade, a company formed to promote Fair Trade products in Japan, through talks and articles. I spoke in several major universities including Sophia University and the International Christian University and wrote for a number of publications including Japan Student Times.
I have practiced yoga since the age of 15 and in 2007 began teaching it at Shizen Yoga Studio. I also taught classes for Kalakasan, a charity who work with migrant women in Japan, and at the Women’s Conference, an annual religious conference held just outside Tokyo.
What will it cost?
I charge per word. The charge will depend on the material and will range from £8 to £20 for every 1,000 words.
I offer to edit a free sample of 1,000 words so you can see my editing style and so I can see your writing style and assess how much time the work will take and what it will involve.