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Providing professional proofreading and editing services for small- to medium-sized businesses, authors, publishers, self-publishers and students.

Hello, I am Sara Davies, a freelance sub-editor and proofreader based in Southampton in the UK. With over 19 years’ experience in the industry and around four years as a freelance proofreader, I can offer you the flexibility you need when it comes to proofreading and editing both onscreen or hard-copy formats.

I am conversant with all well-known style guides and referencing styles. It does not matter if your area is fiction or non-fiction, I can offer a fast turnaround, if required, for both. I always deliver my work on time and within budget.

If this is what you need, click the button below to place your order. If you are unsure if you need proofreading or editing, please read on!

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Some people do not understand the importance of proofreading or editing their pieces. Whether it is a magazine or newspaper article, novel, short story, essay, dissertation, legal documents, real estate documentation, term papers or website, it is important.

Writing skills are the same as first impressions, especially if you need to use your writing skills for the first time to contact someone new. It could be an application letter to a college/university or an email to a potential employer, a blog you want to send to gain new customers, or an email to potential new clients. In these situations, what you write and how you write is your chance to leave a lasting first impression on someone you’ve never met before.

When ordering from me, you will receive a complete check of your work from the first word to the last full stop.

What I will do for you:


  • punctuation errors;
  • spelling errors;
  • grammatical errors;
  • typographical errors;
  • inconsistencies;
  • errors in consistency and appropriateness of verb usage.

Copy editing:

  • punctuation errors;
  • grammatical errors;
  • spelling errors;
  • typographical errors and spelling inconsistencies;
  • minor sentence restructure to assist paragraph flow, if necessary;
  • errors in consistency and appropriateness of verb usage;
  • errors in sentence structure and word usage;
  • inconsistencies in storyline details;
  • inconsistencies in character details.


  • lay out and design the document you need, according to your requirements;
  • ensure the text reads perfectly;
  • insert any pictures, graphics or logos you require;
  • ensure the colours, fonts and text meets all you requirements.

Get a quote or order for editing, proofreading or
designing your document by clicking below:

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Here is some of the feedback I’ve received from my many happy clients: 

“Great communication, very straightforward to work with and completed the job perfectly. We will be using Sara again next time!”
‒ Adam Hovey, Milton Keynes, UK
[edited business emails]

“Superb writing style and very responsive. Highly recommended.”
‒ Robert Woodford, Principal Consultant and Director, GKS Associates, UK
[wrote and edited company bios for website, as well as other work]

“Brilliant at deadlines!!!”
‒ Rachel Burrowes, Managing Director, Junior Jam, UK
[proofread inserts to web copy many times]

“Great, thanks!”
 Chris Melody, designer, Crux Publishing
[edited 75,000-word book, as well as four other books]