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The Blue Pencil

Professional Editing & 
Proofreading Services.



The Blue Pencil specializes in proofreading and editing emails, messages, images, presentations, documents, and manuscripts in British and American English. I will identify and suggest corrections to ensure your writing is polished and perfectly* written. If something is incorrectly written or needs "tweaking," I can suggest changes to make it grammatically correct. My rate starts at $5.00 / £4.15 per 500 words, depending on project complexity, subject matter/genre, turnaround time, number of passes, and other similar factors.  Contact me with your project details for further information. I'm here to help. 

I will:

·      check spelling.

·      check grammar and punctuation.

·      check sentence structure.


I work with:

·      Microsoft Word.

·      Google Docs.

·      PDFs.

·      American English and British English.

* Unfortunately nothing is 'perfect' or 'flawless', see my statement for further guidance and what to expect when employing an editor or proofreader.





Hi, I'm Deborah. I have a background in photography and design. Working in the print industry, higher education, and advertising and marketing has given me an understanding of a variety of client's needs. As a graduate of Proofread Anywhere I am able to use track changes, implement CMOS and other style rules, correct errors usually missed by grammar checkers, ensure formatting consistency, and punctuate dialogue. As a Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), I abide by its Code of Practice (CoP). The CoP is endorsed by the CIEP Council and is considered binding on members and corporate subscribers.

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The multi-page directory of artists was integral to the marketing material for Open Studios West Berkshire & North Hampshire. Attention to detail was required for both the text and the image elements. As part of a volunteer team, I enjoyed this project very much and completed it every year from 2003 to 2018.


It was pleasure to work with someone so conscientious and meticulous, a very talented lady.

Friendly, hard working and a team player, Debbie can be relied upon to do the job properly.

I was lucky to have worked with someone who was so reliable and thorough.
John Brazendale, Chair Open Studios WBNH


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Request a free quote - no obligation! Drop me a line via email or use the form below and I will provide you with a confirmed quotation after I have seen a representative sample of the text and you have given me an outline of your project including deadlines.

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