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Who we are

We are an Oxford-based team of experienced editors and writers committed to helping organisations communicate more effectively through better writing.

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What we do

We provide comprehensive written communications support, from proofreading to copy-editing and writing, all delivered to the tightest of deadlines.

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To learn more about how we can help you improve your written communications, get in touch and talk to us about your specific requirements.

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About Us

My Blue Pencil provides proofreading, copy-editing and writing services for organisations producing high-value documents. We focus on developing a real understanding of each individual client’s needs and make sure we fit easily into their working processes.

That’s why we successfully build long-term relationships with our clients and why we’re easy to do business with. We believe good communication facilitates action and makes the world work better. That’s why we enjoy what we do.

If you:

• write proposals, reports and similar documents in English;

• struggle to find the time to ensure they have the impact they need; and

• want a team on your side who you can trust to deliver on their  promises

then we’ll work well together and we would love to hear from you.

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I received one-on-one training in written communications skills from James, and produce more focused and effective reports as a result. Many thanks for the personable approach. I highly recommend!

Ebru Tiberi, BP Fraud and Misconduct Investigations

Our Leadership

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Sarah Disley

Co-Founder | Manager and Editor

  • Sub-team coordination and project management;
  • Quality assurance and training;
  • Business development and client liaison;
  • Editing and writing.

Sarah has over seven years of editing and writing experience, an MSc in Japanese Studies from the University of Oxford and a First Class English degree from the University of Liverpool. She has experience working in both private and public sector organisations in the UK, as well as three years’ experience teaching English in Japanese state schools.

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James Disley

Co-Founder | Lead Editor and Writer

  • Editing, reviewing and writing;
  • Project management and team leadership;
  • Second reviewing and quality control;
  • Client liaison.

James has been a full-time editor/writer since 2007, has an MPhil in English from the University of York and is an Advanced Member of the UK Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). He specialises in the finance and development fields and is well versed in writing bids, proposals and tenders, as well as executive summaries and presentation texts based on reports.

We were looking for a fast, flexible company that could work to tight deadlines at a high standard. My Blue Pencil delivers a fast, high-quality service and they’re great people to work with – responsive, smart and professional. They deliver what they promise, when they promise it and to a high standard. They’re also friendly and proactive, flagging up potential stumbling blocks early on and suggesting practical solutions.

Caroline Blythe, Communications Coordinator

Oxford Policy Management

I came to My Blue Pencil with a long document that needed to be more succinct, tighter, and more readable. They listened to what was needed and asked the right questions. They were easy to work with, worked flexibly around our team’s needs, and met every deadline we set. We were very glad to have their support.

Mercedes Cumberbatch, Extended Services Coordinator

Oxfordshire County Council

Our Team

The My Blue Pencil team members are all written communications professionals and include both native UK and US English speakers. We all have master’s or doctoral degrees from top-tier UK universities and at least five years’ experience working with documents across a range of regions and sectors. To see the regions and sectors we have experience in, please click here.

Our flexible staffing structure means we can meet even the most demanding deadlines and we continue to build our team to ensure this never changes.

All team members are keenly aware that our reputation depends on the quality of our work and are all subject, therefore, to strict quality control through a system of peer review. Moreover, all members of the team either have or are working towards Advanced Membership of the SfEP. This ensures we know and work to our industry’s highest standards, a fact reflected in the quality of every piece of work we do.

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Services

My Blue Pencil gives you access to an experienced and dedicated editorial team. We’ll work with you to understand the specific needs of your organisation and can provide flexible support at any stage of the writing process.

Reviewing and copy-editing

Improved clarity, readability and impact in your written communications convert to increased efficiency and returns. We make sure your writing is audience appropriate, well structured, logical, consistent, and error free.

Writing and re-writing

We can help you from the initial drafting stages all the way through to completion of a writing project. We can also adapt information from one format to another, e.g. creating a presentation from a report or writing an executive summary. We produce clear, concise copy to deadline, easing the pressure on you and your team and making sure you get the right end product.

Proofreading

Errors in your writing can be both costly and embarrassing. Proofreading is a final quality check. We look for errors and inconsistencies in spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as suggest alternatives to awkward non-standard English phrasing.

Formatting, layout and design

We can give your documents a professional finish, from applying templates and styles that ensure your text is clear and consistent to creating tables of contents and figures that help readers navigate large reports. In addition to this, our designer can work with you to produce branding, layouts and infographics that ensure your publications make a real impact.

Training

We offer training in written communications on the phone or in person, or through in-text teaching commentaries.

Localisation

We have both native UK and US speakers on our team and will make sure your document is appropriately targeted. 

Plain English

We can review your document for use of jargon or overly technical terms that might alienate or confuse your reader.

House style

We can apply an existing house style or create one for you, strengthening your brand and your reputation for quality.

We have experience with:

  • Bids, tenders and proposals
  • Corporate reports
  • Project and evaluation reports
  • Executive summaries
  • Due diligence, audit and internal control reports
  • Financial statements
  • Presentations
  • Articles and newsletters
  • Brochures and marketing material
  • Websites

 

If you would like to discuss how we can help you improve your written communications,

please get in touch.

 

Clients

Our expert team has global experience. Since 2009, we have worked across a variety of sectors and industries for clients around the world, including:

 

 

Regions we have experience in:

  • Asia/Asia-Pacific
  • The Middle East
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • North America

Sectors we have experience in:

  • Financial services
  • Aid and international development
  • Health and pharmaceuticals
  • Academia
  • Energy, utilities and mining
  • Technology and telecommunications
  • Environment

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