I offer copy editing and proofreading services to help you communicate your message the way it’s meant to be read.
I’m the person who notices a double space where there should only be one, and who cringes at the absent period at the end of a sentence. I’m also quick to spot where a piece of writing gets stuck in being unclear, and I know how to ask the right questions or suggest changes to get your writing flowing again.
I have an excellent command of the English language, and my clients love how quickly I get my edits back to them.
I am also a member of ACES: The Society for Editing and continuously upgrade my skills through trainings and courses.
Even the best writers need an editor to give their content a sweep before hitting “publish.”
I will review and edit your writing for improved organization, clarity, and flow so that what you want to communicate is presented in the most readable and impactful way possible.
Copy editing also includes everything covered in my proofreading services (see below).
“Working with Janice Ho is a great combination of easy-going and joyful interaction with serious, timely, critical edits to my writing. I am often surprised at how fast Janice responds to drafts that I send her, always with encouragement and key edits or ideas that were missing.
She not only has an eye for detailed editing, she guides me on the overall strategy and approach to successfully promoting my own work. Janice can put herself in the shoes of my audience and make sure my messaging is understandable to someone reading it for the first time. Janice’s marketing savvy has been really valuable to my online teaching and growing my small business.”Lara Mrosovsky (Co-founder, Miinikaan)
Copy Editing + Marketing Lens
With my background in marketing and communications, I can also edit your writing with an eye to the target audience you serve.
In addition to my full copy editing service, I will review your business’ target audience persona to understand your customers’ needs, challenges, and values. I’ll also get familiar with your brand voice to embody the style/tone of voice your customers will want to listen to.
Haven’t created a target audience persona or identified your brand voice yet? Let’s add it to the package and work on it together. These pieces are essential to ensure that all your future copy is laser-targeted toward your intended reader instead of speaking to everybody (which in marketing translates to nobody).
“What Janice has been able to do for my business is to write and edit my marketing copy as though she’s speaking from my voice and personality. I read it and go, “That’s me.” Because Janice listens intently to me when I speak, she’s able to express my passion and viewpoint through the content – it allows me to engage with my audience so that they know who Zeenat Life is, and who I am.
Also, the small steps we take each week on my marketing strategy are leading me to something bigger that is making me so passionate about my purpose. It’s the building blocks to where I want to go. We have to get savvy about social media, because that’s how we communicate with our audience. I’m inspired every Monday during my sessions with Janice!”Zeenat Chagani (Certified Nutrition Practitioner & Wellness Coach, Zeenat Life)
Having your writing proofread means your reader won’t be distracted by rambling sentences or spelling errors. Instead, they can focus on the important message you’re trying to deliver to your audience.
I will proofread your content to ensure accuracy of spelling, grammar, and punctuation, as well as consistency in formatting and style.
What I Edit and Proofread
My copy editing and proofreading projects span a broad range of communication products including:
- technical reports
- academic journal manuscripts
- funding/grant applications
- website copy
- blog posts
- marketing emails
- guides and checklists
- and more!
My projects have also involved a diversity of topics such as life sciences, education, the environment, farming, nutrition, mental health and wellness, social commentary, and more.
“I hired Janice to edit a grant application that I had a short deadline on. She not only corrected my grammar and structure of my entire application, but more importantly she also made edits and adjusted the flow of my answers based on the context of what I was applying for to better suit the funder’s requirements.
In addition, I found her knowledge and skill of Google Docs very helpful in the editing process. I would definitely recommend Janice’s services to anyone else in the same boat.”Ivan Wadgymar (Founder, Maizal)
Who I Edit For: My Clients
Are You an Organization that Needs Your Reports or Manuscripts Edited?
I help organizations, agencies, and universities/academics polish their reports, manuscripts, presentations, and other documents. I use editing tools and style manuals, and adhere to journal style guidelines and scientific naming conventions (when applicable), to ensure a high degree of consistency, organization, and accuracy.
When editing government-related communications resources, I understand the importance of thoughtful positioning and detail to accuracy. In addition, through my marketing experience with businesses, I am also well-versed in editing copy to achieve the kind of conciseness and impact that captures the attention of readers and makes complex information engaging and easily understandable.
“I strongly and wholeheartedly recommend Janice Ho for copyediting. Janice worked for me as a copy editor for almost a year. In that time, she demonstrated the rare ability to intuit what authors intend to say and quickly grasp diverse and complex scientific topics. She was always extremely reliable, never delivering work late.
In fact, Janice did so well as a copyeditor, when I decided to change careers, I referred all of my clients to her; I was confident that she could deliver the same quality of work that I had been delivering for over 10 years in the same field.”Jonathan Deitcher (Sales Lead & Financial Director, Kasih Kit / Former Scientific & Biomedical Copy Editor)
Are You a Business that Needs Your Marketing and Communications Copy Edited?
I help businesses and entrepreneurs clean up their website copy, blog posts, marketing emails, and other communications products.
Given my experience in developing marketing strategies, I always ask “Who are you writing this for (i.e., who is your target audience)?” before diving into an edit. I know I can serve my clients best when the writing/editing is targeted to the people they actually want to communicate to! I recommend developing a target audience persona at minimum if we work together on an ongoing basis.
However, I can also simply edit a piece of writing as is. I will free your copy of any spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors; ensure the writing is clear, concise, and in active voice; and provide suggestions for any larger content changes I think will help create greater impact.
“Janice was hired to edit our entire wellness website. Our team found her to be extremely professional and knowledgeable. Her guidance helped walk us through the process with clarity, and she made things on our site more clear and easy to understand. She was patient and able to quickly pick up on our needs for the site.
Janice is a real pleasure to work with, and we would highly recommend her skills to anyone looking for more clarity and optimization of their website.”Lucy Duong, Business Owner
Work With Me
What piece of writing do you need polished with an editor’s eagle eye? Contact me at email@example.com to discuss how I can help you deliver your message the way it’s meant to be read.