Balance functionality and flair to effectively communicate your expertise or big idea – and capture your reader’s imagination
Some business and digital editorial projects are all about technical precision and standardisation. In others, the focus is more on how a brand or message can capture the reader’s imagination. Whatever the case for your project, I can help to ensure your writing is accurate, accessible and appropriate for your target audience.
Mark and Bernie Fishpool
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!’
Hazel helped to make the manuscript more easily accessible and understandable than it would have been. She’s also razor sharp in having an eye for the structure and flow of the text. … There were specific parts of the manuscript where I was in doubt of whether I had explained myself properly – and parts where I surely knew I hadn’t. Hazel helped sort those parts out so I could rephrase and rework them. Those were very crucial parts of the manuscript, so I feel it became so much better and more congruent. I’d recommend (and have done so already) Hazel to anyone seeking an editor for their book project!’
Business and digital editing and proofreading clients
Some of my past and present business and digital editing and proofreading clients are:
- BBC Bitesize (Business Studies)
- BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
- Behavioural Insights Team
- Dubai Future Foundation
- LID Business Media
- Omnichannel Institute
- Wiley Blackwell
- Independent authors
$Hello FirstName: Profiting from Personalization
In 2023, Rasmus engaged me to carry out a comprehensive edit of his upcoming co-authored book on personalisation in marketing, cleverly titled $Hello FirstName.
Download the full case study to read about my collaboration with Rasmus.
Futures research and reporting may cover diverse topics, but each publication should usually be an integrated whole. I can work flexibly across multiple topics and areas, helping to ensure there is a common thread and tone running through your publication.
My services are tailored to your requirements, whether you’re looking for restructuring or a peace-of-mind final check and polish. And, building on over a decade of academic editing, I can provide comprehensive support with referencing and fact checking, to help cement your publication’s authority.
Software and data management
Whether you’re publishing a report on an industry trend or something more technical, I can help to ensure your publication is geared towards your intended audience and their level of expertise. I can blend the writing of multiple authors if needed, ensuring consistency and a logical flow from start to finish.
While I’m no expert, I’ve dabbled extensively in database design and coding. As such, you can be confident I will understand and respect the integrity of your code excerpts and your use of specialist terminology.
Full list of specialisms
Technical and professions
- Business and leadership
- Charity operations, governance and fundraising
- Peace processes and peace research
- Resources and transit
- Software and data management
Humanities and lifestyle
- Art history
- Health and fitness
- Media, culture and communication
- Mountaineering and expeditions
What my clients say
‘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
‘I have worked with Hazel on three books now – two were mine, the third and most recent was for an important client. Hazel is a delight to work with when one is short of time and naturally impatient. She is thoroughly professional and has the instincts to pick up a writer’s tone of voice and rhythm and match it through the value she adds to the manuscript. Her returned versions are easy to understand, adopt and go forward with.’
– Tim Baynes, consultant and author
‘I think you have done a fantastic job and exactly what I was hoping for in terms of making the writing clearer for readers. ... I especially think you've done a great job given what you ended up having to do was so much more than the copyediting job you were hired for and in the timeframe given.’
‘I’ve just read your comments, which were 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
‘This book would not have been possible without the publishing team ... including Hazel Bird for detailed editing, spotting possible issues, and asking insightful questions as we edited the text.’
– Neil Taylor, co-author of Professional Issues in IT, 3rd ed (BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, 2022)
Editorial services for business and digital publications