Jane has been proofreading professional documents for Executive Compass for the past seven years. A consummate professional, her knowledge, expertise and ability to communicate sometimes complex writing techniques to writers in an easily understandable way has been fundamental to our success.
Jane’s attention to detail is forensic, and we could not have hoped for a better business partner to ensure our high quality standards are maintained. However, the value that she adds extends far beyond fixing grammatical or typing errors. She really understands what our writers are trying to communicate, and makes often critical changes that ensure we get the point across effectively and clearly. It is an irrefutable fact that her input has made the difference between companies winning or not winning high-value contracts on multiple occasions, so the value that she adds is immense and clear to see.
I would not hesitate to recommend Jane to anyone who wants to write confidently, clearly and to a high quality. You will not be disappointed.
Matthew Walker, General Manager, Executive Compass, 2020
Jane combines attention to detail with a sympathetic eye. Wasting no time with the unnecessary, text is closely examined for inaccuracies, inconsistencies, repetition and ambiguity, offering suggestions which are pertinent yet succinct. Always sympathetic to the author’s style, Jane resists any temptation to influence with her own, providing a two-way dialogue which results in a superior manuscript that retains the feel of the author. Combining specialist equestrian knowledge with her English skills, Jane has proved to be the go-to proof reader and editor for the equestrian based manuscript.
Janet Rising, My Horsy Life, 2020
I told a friend that Jane puts the draft through a mangle and hey presto! a story emerges on the other side … I am thrilled.
Eliza B Hill, Charlie Rabbit and the Black Deer, 2018
I wanted to write to say what fantastic help I received when editing the latest instalment of Fred ‘n’ Friends. Jane does certainly know her stuff. Not only did she proof the story excellently but she also offered assistance with several of the tricky rhythms. I was so pleased with my latest story and this is all down to Jane’s help. I have already recommended Jane’s services to one of our agency’s largest clients and I shall continue to recommend her where possible. Thanks, Jane, you’re a star!
Angela O’Donnell, Fred ‘n’ Friends, 2017
Thank you very much for all the work you have done. I will have three books to take to schools now. This one has been the best, thanks to you.
Eliza B Hill, The Wylder Valley, 2017
Exactly the belt and braces (snaffle and martingale??) eye I needed.
Polly Faber, author, equine fact check, Pony on the Twelfth Floor, 2017
Thank you to Jane Badger, who through her website has supported all horse book writers, present and past, for some years now and who did the most respectful, yet effective job when editing this book.
Katharina Marcus, The Boy with the Amber Eyes, 2016
Jane is a true-born talent in editing. She’s helped us many times in proofreading translations and naturalising non-native writing. No matter whether the subject is academic research or fiction, she is always able to pick the correct words and give a stylistic brush-up. Her professionalism and punctuality leave no room for criticism. I warmly recommend her as an English editor!
Jussi Rosti, Managing Director, Aakkosto Oy
Students and academia
You were so helpful. Couldn’t have done it without you.
Dawn, dissertation on counselling, 2016
Thank you for all you have done. I really appreciated each one of your comments and suggestions.
Isabel Pinto, for article submitted to JILAR (Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research), 2016
Jane has provided professional proofreading services to me for a number of years. This work has been varied, and has included proofreading a diverse range of work including my undergraduate dissertation, and applications for clinical and professional training as well as abstracts for journal article publication. All of the work has been completed to a fantastic standard with amazing turn around, often at short notice!
Stephanie Kelly, Assistant Psychologist, 2016
Thanks again for the help. I will definitely contact you should I have more writing to do in the future, and recommend you to any friend in need of a reliable proofreader!
Chiara, MA history student, 2015
Thank you Jane for doing such a great job of proof reading and correcting the proofs for Kindle of my new book With Vacant Possession?‘ Thanks again.
Gillian Baxter, 2018
Jane has worked with us on many occasions, writing introductions, proofreading and writing copy and has always been creative, accurate and on time.
Vanessa Robertson, Director, Fidra Books
Praise for Heroines on Horseback
It’s written in an engaging (and perfectly edited – not a typo to be found in the whole book) way, with a combination of just enough academic rigour to satisfy the serious reader and personal notes to satisfy the more general fan.
Liz Dexter, LibroEditing
The other reviewers here have already said everything that I would have, and it seems pointless just repeating it. But I would like to add my voice to theirs in saying that this is a fabulous book, which takes you at a brisk canter through the history of the pony book from Black Beauty (not, it turns out the first in the genre, but the best known) through to modern fiction. Jane Badger’s appraisals are spot-on and she succeeds brilliantly in making what could have been a very dry read into an entertaining as well as informative one – and it was lovely to see the cover artists and illustrators getting a mention as well.
I should start by saying that I initially purchased this purely out of gratitude, courtesy and appreciation for the great British institution that is Jane Badger and her fabulous blog. As someone who has so far only read maybe a quarter of the books mentioned in HoH at the most (and most of them in adulthood) and was thus excluded from the trip down memory lane other reviewers refer to, I didn’t expect to find it a particularly riveting read and was fully prepared to give it but a cursory glance before confining it to the shelf to gather dust. The interesting thing that happens when people with passion who can write well start writing about their passion, however, is that it can completely draw you in – and then suddenly you find that the ‘cursory’ glance has turned into a five hour reading extravaganza, in which you have acquired a full overview of the history of the pony book to date while being thoroughly entertained. And that’s exactly what happened to me with this book.
Katharina Marcus, author