The proof is in the pudding

Maddie is a professional freelance proofreader and copywriter who has a thorough grasp of the English language, microscopic attention to detail, great word flow and incredibly high standards when it comes to consistency of language and design, typos and English grammar.

She has spent the past 20 years providing advertising and marketing solutions for a range of global clients, having worked as an Account Director at a variety of well-respected advertising agencies in London, Brighton, Sydney and Canberra, before launching her proofreading, editing and copywriting business.

Having spent her entire career in the advertising industry, Maddie understands the nature of deadlines and the importance of meeting them at all costs, so will provide you with a very quick turnaround in plenty of time for your deadline day.

Maddie and her team of proofreaders and copywriters work across a wide range of projects, including websites, brochures, articles, fliers, ads, publications, essays, dissertations, manuscripts, annual reports and business proposals, to name just a few.

Whether you have a typed copy-only document, or a fully-designed piece of marketing material, let Maddie's eagle eyes ensure your work is correct, consistent, professional and well presented. She will proofread the text letter by letter and word by word to check for typos, punctuation, grammar, context and design consistency.

Maddie is also a blogger and freelance writer and can help you with your writing project, whatever it may be.

For more information on Maddie and her fine toothed comb, contact her at maddie_s@hotmail.com today.

Maddie Sinclair

Maddie Sinclair & Team
Proofreading, editing & copywriting services.
UK, Australia & beyond.

Email: maddie_s@hotmail.com

Twitter: @MSProofreading

Facebook: Maddie Sinclair Proofreading

Who I've worked with:

Companies

1DA (marketing agency)

Adobe

ACT Electoral Commission

ACTTAB (betting)

American Express Centurion

Andubalance hhp (home health products)

Apple

ARK Schools

ArcelorMittal (steel & mining)

Ashtons Hospital Pharmacy Services

Attorney General's Department

BD Network London (marketing agency)

Best Western Hotels

Beyab (hotel chain)

Big Frank (marketing agency)

BIMM (British & Irish Modern Music Institute)

BP

British Airways

BUPA International (health insurance)

Burgess & Beech (marketing agency)

Canberra Airport

Canberra Tourism

Capital Generation Partners

Casino Canberra

City & Guilds (vocational education)

City University London

Clermont Search Partners (executive recruitment)

Closer to the Kids (expat website)

Club Lime (health & fitness club)

Community CPS Credit Union

Concerto Group (events services)

Cor Silver Soap

Cut Through Marketing

Ecooutfitters

Elderflower Fields Festival

Embrace Orthodontists

Emphasis Writing

Family Investments

Federation of Plasterers and Drywall Contractors

Feline Vet Referrals

Fruit Design (design and communications agency)

GlowZone Sussex Ltd

Gold Creek Country Club

IAMS (pet food)

Ideal Networks

Imperial College London

Inside_Out (responsibility agency)

Isle of Wight Tourism

ISS (food and hospitality services)

KalliKids

Kappelle (property developers)

Kent Tourism Alliance

Landor Dubai (branding agency)

Landsdowne Risk (risk management consultants)

Lara Aldridge Home

London Business School

London School of Economics and Political Science

Makita (power tools)

ManPower (recruitment)

Marriott Hotels

Milk Manchester (marketing agency)

Mint Creative (marketing agency)

Morrisons

Mosaic (marketing agency)

National Convention Centre

National Express (transportation)

National Opera Festival

Nominet (domain name reg)

Park Avenue People (graduate software development trainers)

Parker Pen

Parkroyal Hotel Canberra

Paul Wakeling Motors

Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS)

Petropavlovsk (gold mining)

PodAir (air roasted coffee)

Qatar Airways

Red Brick Road (marketing agency)

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Ridgeview Wine

Ricardo Rail

Rolfe Motors Belconnen

Rotary

Royal College of Nursing Australia

Selftrade (shares trading)

Simpson Travel

Sky UK

Sky ROI

Sportsman's Warehouse

St John's Ambulance Australia

Sunstar Leisure

Tech Music School London

Tesco

Testino's (restaurant)

Three (mobile phones)

The Film Distillery (film production studio)

The House of Words (marketing agency)

The Hub (marketing agency)

The Ideas House (marketing agency)

Thoburns (marketing agency)

Tilt (marketing agency)

Transavia Airways

Tricordant (business management consultants)

Trilogy Investment Property Funding

Urbanest (student accommodation provider)

VacationKey

Virgin Holidays

Virgin Media

VisitWales

Volunteer Fire Fighters Association

Waterbear Design (marketing agency)

Wieden+Kennedy (marketing agency)

Zabludowicz Collection (art gallery)

More about Maddie Sinclair Proofreading

EDUCATION

  • BA Communications (Advertising/Marketing) from University of Canberra

CAREER

  • Owner, Director, Proofreader, Editor and Copywriter at Maddie Sinclair Copywriting & Proofreading
  • Account Director at Targetbase Claydon Heeley (London)
  • Account Director at Digital and Direct (London)
  • Account Manager/Account Director at Designate Communications (Brighton)
  • Account Manager at MercerBell (Sydney)
  • Account Executive at Grey Worldwide (Canberra)

 An extra pair of eyes

Maybe you are an advertising agency who has a huge website to launch next week and your Account Handlers are too busy to trawl through it with a fine toothed comb?

Or a writer who has reread your piece of work so many times you can't see the forest for the trees anymore?

Or even a business looking for some help writing some marketing copy?

Either way, get in touch to discuss your requirements.

 

The process

Whether the original source material is a typed Word document or a fully artworked piece of marketing, Maddie will mark up any errors and inconsistencies in a clear and simple manner, using internationally recognised proofreading symbols if requested.

The material can then be provided back either as a hard copy in the post (if time requires and the client requests this) or most likely as a scanned-in PDF attachment sent as an email.

 

A flexible service

Having spent her career working in the advertising industry, Maddie understands that the large majority of work is passed from agency to supplier at the end of the working day. With flexible working hours, Maddie has the ability to work into the evening, which means that, provided the job is of an appropriate size, she could have the proofed material in her client's email inbox by the start of the next working day. How's that for a convenient and flexible service!

 

A 24-hour international office?

Global time differences can be a wonderful thing! Imagine a scenario where an agency or firm in Australia completes a website by close of play their time, but needs it proofread before the big launch the following day. Maddie's flexible working hour approach means they can simply email the details to her and she can set to work on it at what is now the start of the working day in the UK. Having Maddie and her 'virtual global office' on hand means the working day doesn't have to end for your company.

 

 

Freelance copywriting

Maddie is also a freelance copywriter and will provide you with advertising copy for your website, online marketing, social media page, brochure, ad, presentation and more.

Prices will depend on the specifics of the job, including the work needed, the length of the piece and the turnaround time.

Some examples of Maddie's copywriting can be found herehere, here and here.

To discuss your specific project in more detail, or for a quote, contact Maddie today.

 

Freelance journalism

Maddie is also a freelance journalist who mainly writes about parenting issues, such as pregnancy, birth, child raising, family-friendly travel, fun family activities, anti-bullying awareness, and gender and environmental issues.

She has been commissioned/published by publications such as The Daily Mail's Femail magazinePrima Baby & Pregnancy magazine and The Green Parent magazine, and has a regular monthly column in 'Women Actually' section of The Argus newspaper called Think Beyond Pink. She has ghostwritten for Huffington Post and also writes regular articles for Ecooutfitters and Closer To The Kids.

If you'd like to discuss commissioning an article, please contact Maddie today.

 

Blogging

In her spare time, Maddie runs a blog called Gammon & Chips, which follows the lives of her family and her two children, affectionately nicknamed 'Gammon' and 'Chips'.

The blog is a Finalist in the 2014 MAD Blog Awards in the Outstanding Contribution category and was a finalist in two categories at the 2013 MAD Blog Awards - 'Best Writer' and 'Best Family Fun'. It  was also shortlisted in the 'Commentary and Campaigns' category of the 2014 Brilliance in Blogging Awards (BiBs) and in the 'Best Writer' category of the 2013 BiBs.

Maddie was chosen as one of five Inspirational Bloggers of 2013 by Tots100 for her anti-bullying work on the Love for Izzy Dix campaign.

In November 2013, Maddie was invited to speak on a panel at Mumsnet Blogfest called 'How Blogging and Social Media Can Change the World', along with Laura Bates from the Everyday Sexism campaign, Tanya Barrow of Team Honk, Tania Tirraoro of Special Needs Jungle and Helen Lewis (Deputy Editor of New Statesman).

Maddie's blog posts have been featured on Parentdish, BritMums, Special Needs Jungle, KalliKids and the MAD Blog Awards

If you'd like to talk to Maddie about blogging, please contact her on maddie_s@hotmail.com.

To subscribe to Gammon & Chips, please enter your email address in the bar on the right hand side of the blog page, and you'll receive details of posts as soon as they are published.

What my customers say about me

Joanna McGarry

Publications Officer, City University London

“Maddie has become the ‘go-to’ proofreader for our undergraduate and postgraduate prospectuses. She swiftly got to grips with the University’s house style and her work is of an exceptional standard – she never fails to pick up on issues and inconsistencies that we have missed. She has made my job considerably easier: when I send a prospectus to senior management for sign-off ahead of going to press, I am confident that it is as close to perfect as it possibly can be! Maddie is also a pleasure to work with: we really appreciate her patience, efficiency and flexibility.”

 

John Ronayne

Senior Creative Services Manager, BD Network

“Maddie worked remotely for BD for over a year, and while we never met, she consistently turned in great work, was always friendly and receptive, and never missed a deadline despite our outrageous demands! We will definitely be using her services again.”

 

Cathryn Kronhamn

Director, The Ideas House

“Maddie is an exceptional and versatile copywriter. She quickly gets to grips with our client’s requirements, producing superior writing that meets their brief and budgets. Her attention-to-detail means mistakes, typos and dreadful punctuation never make it past her final edit.”

Iona Hickmann

Senior Designer, Simpson Travel and Simpson Exclusive

“Maddie was a pleasure to work with, very concise and clear in her amends and impressively thorough. We will be using her again for future print pieces and would happily recommend her to others.”

Bruce Mackay

Managing Director, Cut Through Solutions

“Maddie is meticulous in her proofreading and attention to detail. Nuffin Nothing will escape her scrutiny.”

Michelle LeClercq

Head of Direct Marketing, 3 Mobile

“Maddie is a perfectionist. She has an excellent grasp of the English language and is thorough and dedicated to getting the job done right. The work would be delivered on time, on budget and perfect - there are few people that can make such a claim. I would hire her again and again and again . . .”

Xavier Rees

Deputy Managing Director, Targetbase Claydon Heeley

“The fact that Maddie decided to forge a career as a Proofreader was the least surprising news I'd ever heard. Her natural eagle eye for each and every detail was renowned across the agency when we worked together. I would trust her every time to deliver work with zero errors. In fact, during our time together, the Quality Control on her accounts rose to a perfect record. If you want word perfect work, Maddie definitely possesses the required obsessive compulsive qualities you're after.”

Sarah Lipscombe

Client Services Director, Digital And Direct

“I worked with Maddie for over 2 years and she is an excellent proofreader. She thoroughly checks every piece of work for grammar and typos, and whether the piece is a poster or a 40-page brochure, it gets the same attention to detail. Maddie has worked in high-pressured environments and on extremely fast-paced accounts (such as Sky), and her organisation and reliability means that she delivers every time. I can thoroughly recommend her services.”

Clare Rayment

Marketing Manager, 3 Mobile

“I had the pleasure of working with Maddie in 2009 when I was one of her clients. I would not hesitate to recommend Maddie to anyone looking for great attention to detail and 100% accuracy. Plus Maddie is a fantastic person to work with and I consider myself lucky to be able to count her now as a friend as well as an ex-colleague.”

Proofreading rates

Standard turnaround 48 Hours +

£35 per hour AU$55 per hour €40 per hour

Turnaround in under 48 hours

£40 per hour AU$65 per hour €45 per hour

Turnaround in under 24 hours

£45 per hour AU$75 per hour €50 per hour

All project costs can be estimated up front once the job is discussed in thorough detail.

Project costs will depend on the work required, the length of the piece, the turnaround time, and the format of the original source material provided.

Copywriting projects will be charged at £45/AU$75/€50 per hour.

For a quote on your specific project, contact Maddie at maddie_s@hotmail.com  today.

Standard terms and conditions

Scope

These terms and conditions apply to any work done for the Client by Maddie Sinclair Proofreading, unless otherwise agreed.

The Client is under no obligation to offer Maddie Sinclair Proofreading work; neither is Maddie Sinclair Proofreading under any obligation to accept work offered by the Client.

Maddie Sinclair Proofreading will provide service(s) as mutually agreed and confirmed in writing by the Client.

The work will be carried out unsupervised at such times and places as determined by Maddie Sinclair Proofreading, using own equipment.

Quotes

Samples of work will be requested prior to giving a project quote, to ensure the service quoted for is what the Client is looking for.

The quote may be a fee per hour OR per printed page OR per thousand words OR an agreed flat fee for the project, and will be based on required Client level of turnaround time (e.g. standard, 48 hours, 24 hours).

Only written quotes are binding (e.g. email, post, fax). Verbal quotes are not binding.

If the scope or length of the project changes significantly from when the initial quote is given, the quote may be altered by agreement. If not otherwise discussed, the original fee still applies.

Quotes are valid for 30 days from date of issue.

Quotes are given on the basis that the entire document is sent at once, unless otherwise agreed.

All quotes are based on Maddie Sinclair Proofreading providing one round of proofreading amends, unless otherwise agreed.

Confidentiality

All work is guaranteed confidential. All copyright remains with the author of the piece.

Any content created by Maddie Sinclair Proofreading as part of the proofreading/copy editing process will become the copyright of the Client, unless otherwise agreed.

Liability

Documents will be returned with a proofreading/copy editing report showing sure diligence. Final liability for the document rests with the author, and whilst the utmost care will be taken to identify errors, it is conceivable that on occasion errors will be missed due to human error. Maddie Sinclair Proofreading will not be liable for any losses resulting from missed errors or proofreading/copy editing advice provided, including loss of profit, income, revenue, anticipated savings, contracts, business, goodwill, reputation, data, or information. Maddie Sinclair Proofreading will not be liable for any consequential, indirect or special loss or damage. Maddie Sinclair Proofreading will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of any event or events beyond our reasonable control.

The standard proofreading or copy editing service is to highlight errors in copy. Although the functionality of digital proofreading means that these errors are often corrected by the proofreader, it is not the responsibility of Maddie Sinclair Proofreading to action changes.

Plagiarism

If you are a student, having your work proofread or copy edited for larger structural and linguistic concerns does not constitute plagiarism.

For international students, work will only be proofread or edited with a statement in writing from the student that they are not being assessed on their English language abilities.

Timescales

Clients will receive an indication of estimated timescale along with the quote, unless otherwise agreed, and this will be linked to the turnaround time level required by the Client (e.g. standard, 48 hours, 24 hours).

The meeting of this timescale is dependent on the work being sent to Maddie Sinclair Proofreading at the agreed date and time. If the document is sent later than planned by the Client, a revised timescale may be given.

The document return date and time will be confirmed to the Client once the document is received by Maddie Sinclair Proofreading, unless otherwise agreed, and will be quoted in local UK time (GMT).

Receipt of documents from Client to Maddie Sinclair Proofreading is deemed to have occurred upon email, phone or text message confirmation by Maddie Sinclair Proofreading. In the interests of urgency, it is always best to advise Maddie Sinclair Proofreading that a document has been emailed with a follow-up phone call or text message.

Every effort will be made to meet deadlines. If external circumstances beyond the control of Maddie Sinclair Proofreading are likely to cause possible delays, the Client will be notified at the earliest opportunity.

Delivery of documents from Maddie Sinclair Proofreading to Client is deemed to have occurred at the time the email programme confirms that an email has been sent. It is the Client's responsibility to confirm receipt of the proofed document as soon as it is acknowledged in their in-box. For urgent jobs, Maddie Sinclair Proofreading will follow-up receipt with a phone call or text message if email receipt confirmation has not been received within 1 hour.

Quote or timescale revisions

The completed work will be delivered on or before the date agreed, for the agreed fee, which will be based on a quote provided to the Client by Maddie Sinclair Proofreading, or based on a per hour, per page, or per thousand word agreement.

If on receipt of the document to be worked on, or at an early stage in the project, it becomes apparent that significantly more work is required than had been anticipated in the preliminary discussion/brief, Maddie Sinclair Proofreading may renegotiate the fee and/or the deadline.

Similarly, if during the term of the project, additional tasks are requested by the Client, Maddie Sinclair Proofreading may renegotiate the fee and/or the deadline, or invoice separately for the additional elements.

Proofreading covers basic errors in spelling, grammar, formatting, syntax and design consistency only. Light editorial advice or minor language suggestions may be given at times. However, if the document received by Maddie Sinclair Proofreading requires more comprehensive copy editing, this will be subject to a new quote.

If the parameters of the job change after the commencement of the project and the quote isn't renegotiated in line with the new parameters, the additional work will be charged at Maddie Sinclair Proofreading's agreed-upon hourly rate, which itself is based on required turnaround time.

Returning documents without change

Maddie Sinclair Proofreading reserves the right to return any project after receiving it if there are concerns about the work. These concerns may include, but are not limited to:

1. The standard of writing or the scope of the project is such that it requires more work or time than originally estimated.

2. The subsequent increased timescales would encroach upon the confirmed projects of other Clients of Maddie Sinclair Proofreading.

3. The nature of the business or the job raises ethical concerns.

Subcontracting

Maddie Sinclair Proofreading reserves the right to subcontract work to trusted professional proofreaders and copy editors if required.

Payment

Maddie Sinclair Proofreading confirms that she is self-employed, is responsible for her own income tax and National Insurance contributions, and will not claim benefits granted to the Client's employees.

The Client will reimburse Maddie Sinclair Proofreading for agreed reasonable expenses over and above usual expenses incurred in the process of proofreading or copy editing work.

A deposit in advance may be requested for larger jobs.

International clients are liable for any exchange rate and conversion fees, unless otherwise discussed.

An invoice will be sent following the completion of the job.

If the project is lengthy, Maddie Sinclair Proofreading may invoice periodically for completed stages.

Payment is via bank transfer or PayPal and unless agreed otherwise at the outset, payment must be made within 30 days of receipt of the invoice from Maddie Sinclair Proofreading, according to the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.

Promotional material

Once work has been completed, Maddie Sinclair Proofreading may use the Client's name in her promotional material and on her website. Please advise in advance if you would prefer it to be omitted.

If Maddie Sinclair Proofreading has made a substantial contribution to the copy editing/proofreading of the work, she will be entitled to receive one free copy of the work, to be specified as either hard copy or PDF.

Data Protection

Under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998, the Client and Maddie Sinclair Proofreading may keep on record such information (e.g. contact details) as is necessary. Either may view the other's records to ensure that they are relevant, correct and up to date.

Breach of contract

Either the Client or Maddie Sinclair Proofreading has the right to terminate a contract for services if there is a serious breach of its terms.

This agreement is subject to the laws of England and Wales, and both Maddie Sinclair Proofreading and the Client agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts.