Welcome, it’s nice to meet you.

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you on your editing and proofreading needs.

You’ve worked hard on your book and you’re excited to get it out into the world of readers. The last thing you want is readers being distracted by mistakes—spelling, punctuation etc. Mistakes happen, character’s names change part way through the story, hair goes from blonde to red! Maybe the character gets into their car to drive to work, except the previous chapter had it left in the work carpark! You’ve read your work through a hundred times, but you’re so familiar with your work you miss the errors. Three of your family or friends have also read your work and they miss them too—it happens all the time! This is why you need editing and proofreading services.

You need someone whose job it is:

  • to pick up those structural mistakes, and fix them.
  • make sure your story flows, doesn’t have holes, and is grammatically correct.
  • to find those silly spelling mistakes and correct them.
  • to help you make your work the best it can be.

I am that person, and I’d love to help you make you book the very best it can be.

How can you be sure that I provide quality editing and proofreading services?

To be confident of my proofreading and editing skills, please read the Testimonials from some of the people I’ve assisted.

What editing and proofreading services do you offer? What is the cost?

My Services Page will tell you what editing and proofreading services I can offer you, and the cost.

Would you like to work with me? Or do you have a question?

If you’d like to work with me, or you have a question, please complete the form on the Contact Page. I’ll be in touch shortly.

A little bit about me:

My name is Marcia Batton and I live on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia with my husband, 2 dogs and a cat. I retired a few years ago and recently set up my proofreading and editing business to utilise the skills I developed through approximately 40 years experience in proofreading and editing at various workplaces.

I was encouraged to set up my editing business by a number of people, including some of the Australian authors who have written testimonials for me, all of whom I continue to provide services for.

Both in my working and private life, I have been incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to have many different experiences. These have enabled me to acquire an extensive and varied knowledge base, and wide range of skills. I utilise my knowledge and skills to provide clients with the highest level of service, in order to ensure their work is the best it can be.

I can provide proofreading and editing in the following areas:

  • Fiction – all genres except horror and graphic erotica. I accept works that are steamy providing there is a strong story line and the sex is incidental to the story. LGBTQI work is welcome.
  • Non-Fiction
  • Theses – proofreading for punctuation, spelling, grammar, correct citation. I would expect your supervisor to deal with flow, accuracy etc.
  • Policy and procedure documentation.
  • Anything else by negotiation.

I provide editing in both American and British English as required. I utilise the Chicago Manual of Style for American English, and the Oxford Style Manual for British English.

Additionally, I have extensive experience in writing policy and procedure documentation, and constitutions, for different organisational types.

Why choose to work with me?

As confirmed by the authors who have provided me with testimonials, I have an excellent eye for detail. I want your work to be the best it can be, and I will work with you to achieve that.