Focus Editorial Services pattern 3


I work for a wide variety of clients, ranging from individual academics and authors to small businesses and large publishing companies.

My clients include:

What my clients say

Copy-editing an archaeological monograph

‘I used Tess Millar to copy-edit a lengthy and technical archaeological monograph. She was quick, accurate, engaged and enthusiastic, and I was happy with her fee. Her communication was great, and her archaeological knowledge made Tess particularly suitable for this task. I would wholeheartedly recommend Tess.’

Ashley Tuck, Wessex Archaeology

Copy-editing a bilingual magazine

‘You are very professional and we are so happy working with you throughout these months. Thanks a lot! You are excellent!’

Lilian Chan, Executive Officer, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University

Copy-editing an art book

‘You are a marvel Tess! That was extremely quick and my heart feels lighter even before seeing what you’ve done. -ise and -ize – I hadn’t even spotted that. Price is fine – you are so worth it!’

Sally Mortimore, Two Rivers Press

Proofreading an MSc dissertation

‘Your services made my work simple, cohesive and as clear as crystal. I will not only recommend you, but I will definitely request your services from anywhere in the world in the near future. I really appreciate your time, understanding, and most importantly the trustworthiness that you’ve proven.’

MSc student, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, The University of Reading

Copy editing and improving English in a PhD thesis for a writer with English as their second language

‘It has been very challenging and difficult to write in academic English for English is not my first language. On top of that, conceptualising arguments and proposing new ideas in such demanding level as a PhD is a first time ever experience for me. I am so lucky to have the highly professional editor Dr Tess Millar helping me with it; her professionalism turns my writing into gold. Also, she is very friendly, easy to communicate with and a highly efficient person; to put it more simply, working with her would be a very pleasant experience.’

Yang-Ming Teoh, International student from Taiwan, PhD research for music studies and ethnomusicology, SOAS, University of London

Copy-editing an academic book for publication

‘I came into contact with Tess Millar as she was asked to copy-edit my forthcoming book with OUP. Whilst I was apprehensive about this experience due to colleagues telling me about their hellish copy-editing experiences it was an absolute joy. Tess maintained the perfect balance of highlighting potential issues/problems whilst not impacting on my ‘voice’ within the piece. The copy-editing was light but thorough. It is great to know that your work is in the hands of someone sympathetic to your aims and voice but she also ensured that things that made sense in my head were articulated as well as possible on paper. Tess, on a personal level, was very amiable and approachable to work with. I cannot recommend her highly enough to edit or proofread any volume that needs a sympathetic, intelligent and diligent touch.’

Dr Laura McAtackney, Aarhus University

Proofreading and advice on language and structure for a PhD thesis

‘My PhD dissertation has been praised for being clear and accessible while remaining informative. This is entirely due to the skill and dedication of Dr Millar … Her knowledge of grammar, reader aims, and the structure of writing is astounding.’

Dr Shelley Gruendler, Design & Typography teacher, Type Camp

Proofreading a self-help book

‘A big thank you to Tess at Focus Editorial Services for doing the final proofread of Austin’s new book, I Am Healing. The service exceeded our expectations; it was efficient and incredibly thorough. So do consider Focus if you need an expert eye to look over your written work (whether it’s a book, a report or even a website.) We can now move onto the final stages of publishing much quicker than anticipated.’

Jo Wyse, The Wyse Centre

Copy editing and improving English in an academic paper

‘Thank you very much for your quick completion of the edit. It is exactly what I needed. I like your edits and your suggestions for improvements.’

Pavol Hnila, University of Tübingen, Germany

Copy editing academic book

‘Dr Millar provided a very professional and timely proofreading and editing service. Her attention to detail, thoroughness and accuracy resulted in an academic publication that was more consistent in style, with more reliable information and greater clarity for the reader.’

Dr Paul Ibbotson, Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, The Open University