Clay Lord, Copy Editing, Writing and Proofreading Services

While I can improve the style, structure, tone, flow, clarity, and grammatical precision of any document, clients typically seek me out for assistance with the following kinds of projects:

  • editing student papers and admissions essays
  • editing corporate communications copy
  • writing web copy
  • editing papers for submission to scholarly and professional journals
  • editing brochures and marketing copy
  • editing dissertations and theses
  • proofreading documents of all kinds

I have worked for more than 25 years as a professional writer, editor, researcher, and proofreader, both as an independent freelancer and in full-time staff positions. In addition to extensive corporate marketing communications experience, I also have six years of staff experience in the publishing industry as an editor, proofreader, researcher, and fact-checker for a leading travel publication. I can bring special expertise to documents in subject areas including marketing and business, arts and humanities, and the social sciences. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, and I have worked as a federal government Economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. I am comfortable editing copy dealing with law and public policy as well, having worked as a Session Copy Editor for the Oregon State Legislature. For more information regarding my work experience, please visit my page on (

Editing Manuscripts for Publication in Academic Journals

Due to hundreds of freelance projects undertaken on behalf of prospective authors of Emerald Publishing Group and others, I have considerable experience editing documents created by corporate and academic authors for whom English is a Foreign Language (EFL). I have perfected copy for EFL authors and scholars from all regions of the globe, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South America, Australia, and Asia. Additionally, I have produced copy conforming to the requirements of a full range of styles, including Chicago, APA, and MLA, as well as numerous proprietary journal styles. You can read testimonial comments from my clients on the Clients page.

How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Published

The Articles page on this site presents helpful tips and links for EFL authors and native English speakers alike, who may be seeking publication in academic journals and want to improve the quality and publishability of their papers prior to submission. Interviews with 45 editors in chief reveal specifically what their journals are looking for and offer valuable article submission and publication tips. Other articles discuss how to choose an appropriate journal for your article, online journal selection tools, common mistakes in English, and differences in UK English vs. US English spellings.

Writing samples are available on the Samples page. To provide me with details regarding your project and request a free cost quote, please use the Contact form on the Pricing page to send me your manuscript in Microsoft Word format for evaluation. Rest assured that your manuscript and its contents are always held in the strictest confidence.