Hi, I’m Rebecca Thomas.
I make important stuff easy to read.
I’m a content editor who uses clarity, simplicity and trust to make words work harder for your business or organisation.
I’m not your infant school teacher. I’m not all crossings-out. I’m more than spelling, grammar and syntax.
I’m a qualified senior journalist. I specialised in content editing – making stories clear, accurate and easy to read – and have 20 years’ experience in print and digital media.
I learnt how to:
- be clear. Complex issues can be explained in clear language, to include not exclude readers. Jargon can be put in its place.
- be consistent. Readers trust a consistent style.
- get the details right. Accuracy matters to everyone, not just lawyers.
- tell people’s stories. And make others want to read them.
- hit deadlines. It was my job to get publications ready to print, on time, every week, for 20 years
- intermediate member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and am working towards professional membership.
The SfEP is the professional body for people who strive to make text accurate and readable. SFEP standards
- member of 26 –a body for professional writers
- successfully completed the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) / Advertising Standards Authority e-learning courses on Misleading Advertising, and Promotions.
Books I work with
Let me know the dictionary or style guide you prefer. These are the my default reference books.
New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors
Gives me advice on words and names that often raise questions because of spelling, capitalization, hyphenation, and cultural or historical context.
New Hart’s Rules: The Oxford Style Guide
Helps me ensure copy is consistent and ready for publication, whether in print or online.
There are lots of how-to books out there. I love these three.
Oxford Guide to Plain English
by Martin Cutts
Helps you master plain language and improve your writing style with advice on vocabulary, style, punctuation, grammar, and layout. A very useful guide if you are not a professional writer but still need to write for colleagues or the public. You can see hundreds of real examples, with before and after versions.
by Sarah Richards
Don’t force readers to work your way. Work theirs. Sarah Richards’ short, lively and practical book explains how the discipline of content design helps you communicate in a user-centred and efficient way for your audience.
Copywriting made simple: How to write powerful and persuasive copy that sells
by Tom Albrighton
Copywriting is writing with purpose. It’s about using words to reach people and change what they think, feel and do. This easy-to-read guide will teach you all the essentials of copywriting, from understanding products, readers and benefits to closing the sale.