Website content

Conference material

Research reports

Administration materials

Family history documents

Essays and theses

Book manuscripts

Journal and magazine articles

Marketing material

Newspaper articles

Annual reports

Policy documents

Grant applications


Non-government reports

Government reports

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My services cover the following document types …

As your copyeditor …

I will thoroughly check, improve and correct your copy. This involves going through it multiple times (each time is called a ‘pass’) to check for consistency, clarity, flow and accuracy of syntax, punctuation, grammar and spelling. I will check that your style choices, or your organisation’s style guide, are complied with throughout and that the language used is appropriate for your target audience.


Copyediting will lift the quality of your work to its highest level, while respectfully maintaining your content and ‘voice’. This is a more in-depth service than proofreading. If you have doubts about any of the above aspects of your work, or you are striving to make your work as successful as it can be for its intended purpose, copyediting is the best choice. Please contact me about copyediting your document.

As your proofreader …

I will meticulously check your copy for errors before your work goes to print or publication. If your piece hasn’t already been copyedited, having it proofread at this final, point-of-no-return stage is strongly advisable! Proofreading involves thorough multiple passes (as with copyediting) to pick up any mistakes or glaring issues in punctuation, grammar, spelling and any other elements that need to be correct, for example, heading formats, page numbers, photo placement and captions, layout features.


Proofreading is a more quickly achieved service than copyediting. It ensures your written work is accurate and well-finished, which can impact your readers’ reactions. If you think your draft is sound but just needs a meticulous error check, or your budget can accommodate only proofreading (not copyediting), contact me about proofreading.

How will I edit your document?

My default methods for copyediting or proofreading are:

  • Using the Track Changes function in Microsoft Word (which allows you to see my suggested changes, 
    make comments and choose to accept or reject each change)

  • Marking edits by hand on hard copy using standard proofreading marks – if you are unfamiliar with these,
    I will attach a list of the marks with your edited copy


If you have a preferred alternative method of ‘marking up’, please contact me to discuss. I will return your edited copy to you via email unless you request otherwise.

Quoting and rates

Every piece of written work needs to be quoted individually and depends on a range of factors: the nature and complexity of your work, the level of editing required by me, and the timeframe available for editing completion. If you have researched or used other editing services, you will find my rates are very reasonable and, once quoted, the price will not alter. If you are on a budget, please ask me what service I can offer to stay inside your limit. 


If I have copyedited your document, and you decide to have it proofread as well for a final check before going to print or publication, please contact me for a separate quote. 


How to get a quote? See my Contact page. If you have any concerns about emailing your full document - for example, if it includes sensitive content - please contact me to discuss an alternative arrangement, such as signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement before sending.


Sample edit? If you need further assurance about whether I will be a good fit for you as your copyeditor or proofreader, I understand. You can request a sample edit. There will be no fee for this – you need to feel comfortable and secure about engaging me to work with you and your written piece.


To make an enquiry, ask questions, request a quote or sample edit, please visit my Contact page.

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Margie Cosgrave has completed several editing jobs for me, a researcher in the field of Music and Arts, with stellar efficiency. She is dependable, punctual, and has a strong focus on grammar, punctuation, coherency, and clarity in writing. She also pays close attention to the details of referencing, an important aspect of academic editing. Her application of track changes is easy to follow. Margie makes useful, constructive comments in an unambiguous way, and compiles useful tips for obvious weaknesses in a writer’s style - when it’s not hitting the mark. I have no hesitation in recommending Margie as an editor in my area of research and feel certain she has the capability to apply her skills across other disciplines.

Jocelyn Wolfe (PhD)