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Proofreading is the process of reviewing and correcting errors in a written text , involving checking grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalisation, and formatting errors, to ensure that the text meets the specified style and tone guidelines. The aim of proofreading is to produce error-free, high-quality writing that effectively communicates its intended message.

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Editing refers to the process of revising, correcting, and modifying written or recorded material to improve its overall quality, clarity, and style. This can involve fixing grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors, as well as making structural changes to ensure consistency and coherence in the content. The goal of editing is to produce a final product that is accurate, effective, and appealing to its intended audience.

Who we offer it to:

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Students and academics writing essays, theses, and journal articles.

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A wide range of business communication.

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Authors who are planning to self-publish their work.

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Meet your editor, Nick Shackleford

Nick has extensive experience over many years in teaching and managing English language programmes at high school and tertiary levels, holding masters’ degrees in education and applied linguistics. He has recently completed a specialist diploma in proofreading and book editing.


Since leaving the University of Auckland in 2021, he now works as a freelance editor and proofreader. Some recent projects have included:

  • Academic journals

  • Conference proceedings

  • Community group publication

  • Cookbook self-published with memoir

  • Self-published novels and memoirs

"Working alongside Nick was a really valuable experience for me, with his approach to students being open and transparent, as well as supportive and constructive. Students learned to trust Nick, and this trust was instrumental in helping them achieve a successful conclusion to their Masters’ degree."

Jo Wright PhD, Professional Teaching Fellow, Department of Management and International Business, University of Auckland.

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