What do I do?
I'm a full-time freelance copy editor and proofreader who polishes all kinds of manuscripts, one sentence at a time. Whether you're writing a thesis or a personal statement, I can make it better!
Who are my clients?
My clients include, but are not limited to, students, academics, authors, and entrepreneurs. I've edited manuscripts for a diverse range of people from Canada and the United States.
For most of my clients, time is of the essence. I treat deadlines as sacrosanct and will consistently go the extra mile to create outstanding work.
My aim is to bring out the meaning behind the words. This could involve deleting excess verbiage, rearranging paragraphs to clarify an argument, replacing pedestrian verbs with punchier ones, and helping you appeal to a certain audience.
To deliver an error-free final draft, I'll check or query unverified facts, look up possibly misspelled terms, and review everything at least twice to ensure correctness and consistency.
In my ten years in business, I've edited almost every imaginable type of document, from non-fiction manuscripts to cover letters. Few things are too technical for me to tackle.
Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, Ph.D., P.E.
Last year, my University editor had several months of travel and I needed a new editor. I searched on the Internet and found someone who had credentials of editing faculty papers and documents. But this first attempt did not work. He wanted the entire fee before starting the editing and even after I paid, he did not deliver the work on time and did not respond to my inquiries.
Then, I found Claire Valgardson on the Internet and this experience was 180 degrees different. She insisted I pay after the work was complete. The editing was done extremely well, with comments in Word’s Track Changes feature, and the editing was finished on time.
I was very impressed not only with her professional work but with her friendly and very helpful manners.
I strongly recommend Claire to anyone without reservations. She is an excellent editor and delivers on time for a reasonable fee.
Having used Claire’s services for the past 3 or 4 years, I can just tell that she is highly competent, is always available, and has a quick turnaround. She always meets any deadline, even the tightest ones.
Delivering on time and quality drafts every time is not her only asset. I have learned a lot from her. Claire is a generous person, a teacher. Alongside her edits, she will always add explanations, comments, and other suggestions. She really made me a better writer.
I highly recommend contacting her.
I have been working with Claire since 2015 on a variety of projects. English is my second language, so I needed extra help with editing. She is definitely the best copywriter I had ever worked with.
Claire is very detailed and thorough, always makes an extra effort to edit your text in a best possible way. She is knowledgeable of APA style, which was very important for me.
She is also very responsible in terms of deadlines and did me lots of favours when I needed articles to be edited on a really short notice. Claire’s prices are very reasonable and quality of work is very high. Strongly recommend her services.
I’ve worked with Claire on a number of occasions to help ensure that my writing is as polished as it can be. She has an incredible eye for detail and often catches things that others have missed. I will definitely be engaging Effective Editing again in the future.
Michael J. Wilson
I have been a customer of Claire’s for over 10 years now and credit Claire’s services with helping me get to where I am.
Claire has proofread my personal statements that got me into undergraduate and graduate school, which ultimately led me to my career. Claire has also helped to improve my wife’s and my sister’s personal statements. We all got into our school programs thanks to the help Claire gave us.
Claire goes through your documentation very thoroughly to improve grammar, structure, and flow. You will be very happy with the quality of Claire’s deliverables that also includes a writing analysis with comments to support the improvements made to your document.
I would recommend no one else except Claire for all your writing needs and am happy with the results I got thanks to Claire’s services.