Your text has been written with the utmost attention. You’ve worked really hard on it and it’s in great condition.
However, as we all know, no matter how good you think your document is, no matter how hard you’ve looked at it, there will be flaws you haven’t noticed. That’s not because you’re a poor writer – it’s because that most of us, when we’ve looked at something several times a day, we stop ‘seeing’ it. It’s almost as if we become word blind.
You need someone who’s not too close to the text to check it reads as it should.
You want peace of mind that nothing’s been overlooked.
That’s where a professional proofreader comes in. What if you had one who could competently weave their way through your documents and manuscripts, no matter how complex, leaving you to get on with something else?
I’m Yasmin Yarwood and I’m here to provide a friendly, professional and streamlined proofreading service that works for you whenever you need it.
I live in the seaside town of Broadstairs, Kent, in the UK. This is where I grew up, where I returned to and where I am happiest! When I’m not working with words, you’ll find me at the beach with my two young kids, doing home workouts or attempting to read for pleasure without analysing the writing!
I’m also a reading volunteer in an infant school. I support children who struggle with their reading and perhaps don’t have the support at home. I really look forward to seeing them and we have good fun!
That’s a tough one, after all the world is awash with proofreaders. I’d say understanding complex technical jargon, offering a quick turnaround, my easy manner and my attention to detail are a big plus. My workload is largely based on recommendations from clients.
I like to strike a balance between respecting your content creation and doing my job well as a professional proofreader. I’m scrupulous and able to work at speed without sacrificing quality.
It means that if you’re looking for a reliable, highly skilled proofreader who can understand the complexity and rhythm of language, grammar and punctuation, then I’m your woman.
I research and analyse and make sure every detail is correct – and not just with the language. I’ll spot duplicated images, a comma that’s in italics when it shouldn’t be and issues with alignment.
I’ll go over your copy more than once so that by the time it comes back to you, it’s had a completely thorough proofread.
I work mostly with those involved in marketing and communications – anyone writing and publishing reports and white papers; people delivering presentations, proposals and campaign bids; copywriters, blog writers and content writers.
I enjoy making sure the written word looks and sounds as good as it can, like it’s supposed to. And I love detail!
Immediately upon completing my proofreading training (2011), people I knew in marketing and communications – in the UK and Spain – approached me with work. They said they knew I would be a great proofreader and I wasn’t asked to take a test.
I am proud of the high level of trust I have developed and maintained with my clients – when contacts have moved to other sectors or agencies, they have introduced me to their new employers and I have been taken on based on their recommendation.
I can work with UK or US English and I’m happy to follow house style guides.
If English is not your native language, you’ve come to the right place! Consultants, translators, education specialists and business owners from France, Spain, Sardinia, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Russia and the UAE call on me to add precision to their already excellent English.
Yasmin proofed and edited my email course before it went to print. Not only did she tidy up all the typos I’d missed, but she did a fantastic job in improving the flow of the copy and making it read better. I’ve had copy proofed before, but the editing was an extra dimension that’s so valuable. I will definitely use Yasmin’s services again and will be recommending her to others.
Martin Sayers, copywriter
Do you have a piece of marketing copy you’d like me to look at – something you don’t have time to proofread yourself? A document that you or your team have been staring at so much you can’t be sure it reads as it should?
Don’t let your own word blindness get in the way. I’m here to help take your manuscripts and materials to the next level in terms of accuracy and fluency so they read smoothly, with every sentence making perfect sense.
I will check: