Editing - the foundation stone of successful publication

Editing is key to ensuring that the best possible version of a work is published. We correct grammar, spelling and punctuation; ensure that references are complete and appropriately-styled; impose consistency across the text. Furthermore, we also finesse the text; clarify meaning in consultation with the author; rephrase for fluency and native idiom; restructure text to make the message more compelling. Importantly, we always respect the author's voice and ensure the final text fits your purpose.

Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy (The British Academy for Oxford University Press)

Bourchier has been copy-editing and proof-reading this prestigious publication for three years. Working with the editor, Professor Ron Johnston, we send pdf proofs to the memoir authors, collate corrections and have the final memoirs posted online – and at the end of the year collect all the memoirs together to produce a printed volume. The memoirs provide a fascinating record of the working lives of distinguished Fellows of the Academy, covering a wide range of disciplines and life stories.

Orientalism in Louis XIV’s France, by Nicholas Dew (Oxford University Press)

Our work on this manuscript was a case of serendipity: Elizabeth and David had just purchased a copy of the French Orientalist Barthélemy d’Herbelot’s Bibliothèque orientale (1697) when OUP asked us to copy-edit Nicholas Dew’s manuscript, which discussed this book in the context of printing in seventeenth-century France.

Blog post, for the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

Here is an example of the many manuscripts we receive from the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin – these may be journal articles, book chapters, publishing proposals, blogs or personal statements. In copy-editing we focus both on standard improvements (to grammar, spelling, punctuation) and enhancements (idiom, clarity, cogency of arguments, literary style, and so on).

One of the best preproduction craftspeople I have encountered in a career that spans twenty-five years and more than thirty-five published volumes with five (or more) different publishers … a great ear for language and a keen eye for detail.

Erik Jones, Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University

I know it has been a rather non-traditional project in many ways, and your help and diligence have been greatly appreciated.

Pete Baker, Professional and Scholarly Division, Palgrave Macmillan