Editorial services for charities, businesses, publishers and authors

Editorial project management, copyediting and proofreading from the Wye Valley, Herefordshire

Wordstitch is a bespoke editorial service headed up by Hazel Bird. Hazel works with businesses, charities, publishers and authors around the world to deliver some of their most prestigious publications.

Small editorial business with big perspectives

Whatever the scale and complexity of your project, we offer a nuanced, dynamic and efficient service that fits around you and your workflows. Our tailored solutions scrutinise every detail without ever losing sight of the big picture.

We offer project management, copyediting, proofreading and other editorial services across the following six areas:

About Hazel

Hazel is an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (previously the Society for Editing and Proofreading) and a member of ACES: The Society for Editing. She has been a full-time editorial professional since 2007.

Our values

FULLY
BESPOKE

As a small business, we have the flexibility to offer truly bespoke workflows that suit the specifics of your organisation and your way of working.

GOAL
FOCUSED

We get things done and keep things moving. We investigate and absorb our clients’ goals, and make them happen.

ALWAYS
ORGANISED

Controlling what is known makes the unexpected more manageable. We see the details and the big picture, anticipating problems.

YOUR WORDS, YOUR AUDIENCE

Every project is different. We will work with you to find the most effective way to communicate your message to your target audience.

HOLISTIC
PARTNER

Where appropriate, we strive to build collaborative, long-term partnerships where lessons are shared and everybody grows together.

WHOLE-TEAM
APPROACH

Whether the project team has 1,000+ people or one author, we keep all needs in mind and aim to chart a path that satisfies everyone.

Testimonials

We believe that our clients’ feedback says the most about the standard of our work – what we do and how we do it. We are immensely proud of the rich variety and consistency of good feedback we receive.

Once again you have done the impossible!

– production editor, Wiley Blackwell

Hazel has been my secret weapon for more book projects than I can remember. Seriously, I don’t know how she does it; she spots things I would never have seen in a million years. I wouldn’t even consider sending one of my books to print without Hazel working her magic on it first.

Paul Choy, international documentary photographer and author

 

You made our work read a million times better so for that I am extremely grateful.

– public policy foundation

 

Just read your comments – very helpful! Particularly when you would catch the cadence of a page and then spot the part (even one word) that didn’t fit!

– multi-award-winning international management consultant and author

 

Thanks to ... Hazel Bird, copy editor, whose intelligent and thoughtful attention to detail has been nothing short of phenomenal.

 

– Sara Lister, Justine Hofland and Hayley Grafton, editors of The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures, 10th edition

 

Thanks so much for your help over the years - I’ve always been able to send the magazine to the printers with 100% certainty that there will be no typos, howlers or spelling mistakes included thanks to your thorough work on each issue!

 

– Dom Hall, Content Manager, National Osteoporosis Society

 

Hazel has worked as Project Manager on a number of large, multi-volume, print and online reference works produced by my team. She has a deep understanding of the publishing process and an analytical mind. She works closely to the brief, whilst also being unafraid to suggest intelligent improvements to processes and solutions to problems. She is always professional and helpful, striking a good balance between meeting the needs and requirements of the client and delivering a quality product.

 

– Louise Barnetson, Production Manager, Wiley Blackwell

 

You’ve done an amazing job. I really appreciate the calm and accomplished way you’ve dealt with all the complexities and unusual challenges of the project.

 

– Production editor, Wiley Blackwell

 

I have the pleasure of working with Hazel – consummately professional and helped lift the writing in [the journal’s fourth edition] to a new level.

 

– Jay Armstrong, editor of Elementum journal

 

In the seven books I’ve written, you really have been the most thorough and professional editor I’ve had the pleasure to work with.

 

– professor of history, USA

 

Our services

Project management

Managing the delivery of a text-based project over multiple stages, coordinating suppliers and stakeholders, and anticipating and solving problems.

Copyediting

Checking each paragraph and sentence is clear and accurate, implementing stylistic and general consistency, and preparing the text for design or typesetting.

Developmental editing

Checking the overall themes, organisation and content are complete, consistent, and presented in the most helpful and appropriate way for the reader.

Proof-editing

Blend of copyediting and proofreading, with the specific tasks depending on the project’s overall state and the stage in the client’s workflow.

Proofreading: general

Meticulously checking a near-final piece of writing for small residual errors and looking for glitches in layout.

Proofreading: theses and dissertations

Blend of copyediting and proofreading, but within industry-approved ethical guidelines about editing work that will be assessed.

Facts and figures

We can help you to cut through to the best possible way of producing the most effective content. Because of the depth and breadth of our experience, we’ve had many opportunities to learn new and better ways of doing all things editorial.

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full-time years in business

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completed book-length projects

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collaborations with authors and editors

Frequently asked questions

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Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, UK