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Editing services

We can edit your documents quickly to a very high, clear standard for your intended audience. This means that we will rewrite some of your text so that it’s more readable for your intended audience. If you want us to proofread your document – which doesn’t involve rewriting your text – please read the 'Proofreading services' section further down the page.

When providing our editing service we draw on decades of plain English experience and expertise. We are happy to look at your document first and give you an estimate of our editing costs. The estimate covers all editing needed to produce a final version that both you and we are happy with. If you need one, we can also provide you with a short sample edit of part of your document when we send you the estimate.

You do not have to apply for a Crystal Mark to have your document edited. We can simply edit your document and you can retain or reject the changes we make. However, if you want a Crystal Mark, you will need to take on board the vast majority of our suggestions. There is room for a small amount of compromise, but to earn a Crystal Mark your document will need to hit our high standards of clarity.

We will rarely increase an estimate we make unless you add pages to your document after we have begun editing it.

If you become a Plain English Campaign corporate member you can enjoy heavily discounted editing services.

We can edit your Microsoft Word document and send the file back to you with our changes highlighted. Alternatively, we can provide a hard copy showing handwritten changes.

If you have a document (or documents) ready for editing, and you would like an estimate, please email it to Once you accept our estimate, we can start working on your document.

The length of time it takes to complete the editing work will depend on the length and complexity of the document. We will give you our expected timescales when we provide the estimate. We will do our very best to meet any deadlines you have. Short leaflets and brochures normally take five days.

Proofreading services

Alternatively, you may want to use our proofreading service. Our proofreading service doesn’t involve any rewriting and is ideal if you want us to closely examine your book, magazine, leaflet, brochure or other similar document. We will look at your content in detail and suggest ways you can resolve grammar, spelling, readability or style issues. The length of time it takes to proofread your work will depend on the size and complexity of the document.

For any more information, phone us on 01663 744409 or send an e-mail to

We also have a price list (PDF, 93Kb) covering all our services. This is in Adobe Acrobat format.

Crystal Mark

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