Wordstitch is a bespoke editorial service headed up by Hazel Bird. Hazel works with businesses, charities, public sector organisations, 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:
- academic books and articles
- business books, reports, white papers and more
- charity and public-sector publications of all kinds
- creative and other non-fiction
- education and textbooks
- encyclopedias (MRWs)
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.
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.
We get things done and keep things moving. We investigate and absorb our clients’ goals, and make them happen.
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.
Where appropriate, we strive to build collaborative, long-term partnerships where lessons are shared and everybody grows together.
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.
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
Bringing any publication to market is always a challenge and part of that challenge is never really knowing who you are going to end up working with. We have been delighted with the service provided by Wordstitch Editorial. They have been consummately professional, have a can-do (and will-sort) attitude and they have protected us from a lot of the usual aggravation that can come as texts are prepared for publication. We have certainly seen many books that have been published riddled with errors, but we really are not seeing that this time. We would really like to work with you again. Thank you!
– Mark and Bernie Fishpool, authors of Software Development in Practice
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
Hazel is an exceptional editor. She has an incredible eye for detail and makes suggestions for cuts and amendments to the texts which vastly improve the flow and strength of the prose. Her queries were always thoughtful and considered and have been extremely useful for the authors. This was a complicated project with lots of different elements, but Hazel handled everything in a calm and professional way which made the whole process smooth and stress-free. It's been a pleasure to work with someone as skilled as Hazel. Thank you.
– Emily Pedder, The Academic Edit
Managing the delivery of a text-based project over multiple stages, coordinating suppliers and stakeholders, and anticipating and solving problems.
Checking each paragraph and sentence is clear and accurate, implementing stylistic and general consistency, and preparing the text for design or typesetting.
Checking the overall themes, organisation and content are complete, consistent, and presented in the most helpful and appropriate way for the reader.
Blend of copyediting and proofreading, with the specific tasks depending on the project’s overall state and the stage in the client’s workflow.
Meticulously checking a near-final piece of writing for small residual errors and looking for glitches in layout.
Proofreading: PhD theses & 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.