Proofreading and editing
If it is written, I can help
I have proofread and copyedited a range of documents, including: research reports/reviews; program documentation (such as operational and strategic plans, program and monitoring frameworks, and tools/templates); business reports/proposals/marketing materials; academic journal articles or books; design competition submissions; and postgraduate-level theses for students with English as a second language.
I can provide three levels of service, depending on the stage of production:
- proofread for errors as a final check
- copyedit for grammar, spelling and consistency
- offer substantive or structural editing, where I, as editor, am involved from the outset, advising writers how they can improve their work.
See IPEd for more information about what editors do.
'Francesca proofread and edited my PhD, which is possibly one of the most important pieces of work I have ever had to write. She did it with great diligence and professionalism. Her work ethics are second to none and she kept to time frames. I would work with her again in any important project.'
Ph.D candidate, University of Stuttgart (Durban, South Africa)
'Francesca helped us in copy-editing a report on land tenure formalisation in Tanzania, and her work was professional, excellent and timely. It was a pleasure working with her, and I would recommend her for similar and/or related work.'
Oxfam (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
'Francesca is our go-to wordsmith at key moments for our business. She provided high level editing and writing support when we were selling our hospitality outlets in 2008, putting together comprehensive sales documents with attractive, visual elements for potential buyers, and supporting associated legal processes by collating information and editing content for a legal audience. When we were looking for investors for a subsequent project in 2011, we turned to her to develop an attractive business profile. Recently she has worked with our Managing Director to fine-tune his professional profile, updating his resume and developing content to promote his social entrepreneurship and business activities. Her style is collaborative, but she also just gets it done - essential in a fast-paced business environment!'
Octane Espresso and The Original Cocoa Traders (Melbourne, Australia)
'I found Francesca's service to be prompt, affordable, forthright and thorough. Collaboration with her was one of the better decisions I made during my PhD candidature. It was an important part of transforming several of my chapters from academic jargon to readable and accessible work.'
PhD Candidate, Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia)
A quality website is essential for small business owners, and it's not just about the branding and photos - content can make or break the message you want to send to prospective clients. I have designed, developed or updated web content for a range of small businesses, and can recommend some great, affordable graphic designers for the visual elements.
See examples at: www.toct.com.au, www.mofodeluxe.com, www.madevisual.com.au and www.gardenofyoga.com.au.
'Working with Francesca to develop content for our product websites has always been a positive experience. She advised on and fine-tuned the web content for Mofo Deluxe when it first launched, so naturally, for our latest product, Mofo Deluxe Premium, we turned to her to design and develop a full website that is visually clean and appealing, and kicks off a rebranding exercise for our business. It was the fastest content and site build we've ever seen, with full social media integration. Thanks for the quick work!'
The Original Cocoa Traders (Melbourne, Australia)
'Francesca did a fantastic job of editing my early website content. She eliminated any embarrassing spelling and grammatical errors, trimmed and tightened my text while keeping my original voice intact.'
Garden of Yoga (Melbourne, Australia)
I have worked with employers across a range of industries in various roles, as well being a recruiter, manager, mentor and supervisor myself. Based on this combination of experience, I offer résumé/CV and cover letter writing or updating services to ensure your job application best showcases your skills and experience, and gets you on that short list.
'I really want to thank you for your help with my résumé, they commented on it and said it was really well done, and is the reason they fast tracked my interview and called me right away.'
London, United Kingdom
'Francesca proofed my CV to correct spelling and grammar, but also had an intuitive sense of what employers look for. She suggested small changes that really added value, and in the end I was the successful candidate.'