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editing and proofreading services
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Making well-written English the norm
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Welcome to Atkent

Atkent was founded in 1996 to supply editing and proofreading services to the publishing industry, academic and charitable institutions, and individuals. Over that time it has worked with more than 50 clients, many on a long-term basis, and has dealt with items ranging from large textbooks to company reports to journal articles and even individual CVs.


Atkent is owned and run by Derek Atkins, a Cambridge graduate who gained his early experience in the field of IT and then more generally in the business environment. His technical and managerial responsibilities often led to him writing reports or editing those of his staff, and this gave him a good springboard for starting his own business to supply editing and proofreading services. Formal training means that he works to publishing industry standards.


Because of his background, Derek has dealt mainly with work relating to business management, finance, law and science, but he can handle anything that requires clear thinking and a logical approach. He aims to provide a high-quality cost-effective service at all times, whatever the size of the project – whether a 750-page textbook, a 30-page report or a 4-page article.


Derek’s constant focus is “making well-written English the norm”, so that a published end product conveys what the author intends in a clear and concise manner. Sticking to quoted costs and deadlines is also considered of the utmost importance.


If you think that Derek, through Atkent, can help you with one of your projects – big or small – then please get in touch with him to discuss things further. The tabs to the other pages on this website will lead you to further background information to help you make that decision.

What clients have said:

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We have many other projects in the pipeline and you are always top of the list!

Thanks for all your incredible [editing] work ahead of the conference

I must thank you for your painstaking attention to detail

Delighted to recommend you … we’ve been extremely impressed with what you’ve done for us

I’ve recently received the author’s response to your edited text, and he was very pleased with the standard of editing

I must make special mention of Derek Atkins, for words of wisdom and for checking through the text for me

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