What we do
We work on texts so that you can be confident they are ready for publication. Depending on the project this can involve copyediting, proofreading, writing, or reconfiguring or updating content.
We work on all kinds of text, including books (UK, US and translations into English), articles, newsletters, reports, training materials, policy documents and websites. They can be texts for particular professional audiences, or for university students or for a more general readership.
And we manage projects – for example, for smaller organizations that don’t have their own publishing facility.
In-edit’s clients include commercial publishers, not-for-profit organizations, charities, e-learning providers and academics.
Why use an editor?
You are the expert on content, whether you’re promoting your business on the web, or writing a research report, training programme, informational material, article or book, so why involve someone else?
Well… writing is rewarding, but it’s also hard work and expensive in energy and time. You want the finished product to read well, to look good and to connect with your intended audience. But the more engrossed you become, the more difficult it is to do on your own because – understandably and unconsciously – you’re reading what’s in your head rather than what’s on the screen or page.
Bringing a fresh eye to the text, an editor can identify and flag up what might be problematic, such as inconsistencies in content and structure, copyright issues, missing citations or references and, of course, typographical mistakes.
Each editor brings their own views of language and life to their work. Here is a sense of what to expect from us.
This example applies to functional writing – i.e. writing that’s intended to get a job done rather than, say, writing intended to entertain:
- Clarity of meaning is a priority.
- Language is dynamic – like the world around us, it is constantly changing. This doesn’t mean that anything goes; it does mean that what is considered correct changes over time and in different contexts.
- Content, style, tone and presentation should be appropriate to the needs of the intended audience and to the medium, whether that’s a book, leaflet, website, blog or something else.
- Effective writing uses plain language – simple but not simplistic – and is concise.
- People have an emotional response to language. Poor or inaccurate writing can undermine the reader’s confidence in the author and in what the author is trying to convey.
- How the writer writes should be invisible to the reader, who should not be distracted from the content by errors in spelling and punctuation, jargon, wordiness or unnecessary information.
Director of In-edit, William Baginsky says:
I take great pride in the work I do – I aim for the highest quality, I put myself in the place of the prospective reader and I keep to deadlines.
Since In-edit was set up in 2011 I have worked on more than 250 projects, including copyediting and proofreading UK and US books, journal articles, research reports, model policies and training materials. I’ve reviewed and made recommendations about books in draft, reviewed and updated published resources, adapted hard copy training materials for use online, authored text-book questions for university students, project managed the development of online training resources and more.
Many of the jobs I work on are related to earlier careers in education and as Head of Child Protection Publishing and Film at the NSPCC. Subjects include attachment, autism, autobiography, bereavement, child neglect, coaching, cyberbullying, dance, dementia, disability, domestic violence, early years, e-safety, care for the elderly, harmful sexual behaviour in young people, health, learning disability, literacy, marketing, mental health, mentoring, nursing, parenting, play, politics, public policy, sexual exploitation, social psychology, social work with adults and with children, suicide, special educational needs and therapeutic approaches with children.
I have been Associate Editor (Training Update) for the Wiley journal Child Abuse Review since 2009.
These are two examples of my own published writing. The first is a guide for schools on peer mediation, which you can access on ResearchGate. The second is a practice briefing for education practitioners, available on Research in Practice’s Serious Case Reviews website.
Our clients say...
'We very much appreciate William’s expert education knowledge, particularly in the safeguarding area, and his attention to detail. His thorough and thoughtful approach to any editorial task is an invaluable asset.'
'I have worked with William in a number of different guises for over 11 years and, without exception, have always been impressed with the quality of his work. His ability to view copy objectively through the eyes of the potential reader and his meticulous attention to detail are always valued and appreciated. Aside from his obvious editorial skills, he is extremely knowledgeable and always brings this to bear in each project he undertakes. On a personal level, it is always a pleasure to work with William because he is unerringly friendly, cheerful and good-humoured. All in all, William is a consummate professional and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.'
'William is a dependable and talented editor and proofreader with great judgement. His feedback is always clear and concise, providing valuable suggestions for clarity and improvement. Our authors are always very appreciative of his work, as are we!'
'William Baginsky provided an excellent editorial service for an extensive publication on intervention to prevent the recurrence of abusive and neglectful parenting and the associated impairment of children’s health and development – Hope for Children and Families – funded by the Department for Education. This required great skill in ensuring that there was a consistent approach across a series of 43 modules and supportive material, that the language would fit the needs of the practitioners who were the users of the manual, and that the structure was accessible. William’s contribution to the process was most valuable, his suggestions always helped to clarify what we were trying to convey, and the result was to ensure that we were able to present a polished, professional manual, which has been welcomed and has had excellent feedback. I can highly recommend his professionalism and skills as an editor in this complex field.'
Get in touch
Get in touch – to talk about how we might help you and to ask any questions you may have.
If you would like a quote, we will ask you to send us an outline of what you are looking to achieve together with a sample of the text you want us to work on. The quote will be either a fixed price for the job or an hourly or daily rate, depending on the nature of the work required and how long we estimate it will take us to complete.