I’m Melanie, trading as “Take it as read” and I can help you make perfect sense.

I’m all about the written word – offering a complete writing and editing service.

​Research and writing
Bid writing
Editing (light, substantive, developmental)
Translation services
Transcription, including audio transcription
Let me help you make perfect sense for maximum impact.

I’m a friendly writer and editor with a keen eye for detail and a Professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.

I’ve lived and worked in France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the UK for over 20 years and speak English, French and German.

With a sound business background and over 20 years of experience working as a brand consultant to Lufthansa, brand manager for the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Communications Manager for the European Central Bank (ECB), I have valuable specialist industry knowledge.

I’ve worked with some truly global brands all over the world as well as academic institutions, publishers, university presses, independent authors and students, including non-native English speakers.


In the corporate world, ensuring first-class content through strong, targeted brand narratives and compelling on-point messages helps to drive growth and engagement.

Capturing that perfect tone and articulating your brand purpose, values, personality and promise succinctly and with clarity is essential if you want to connect with your customers. And emotional connections build trust and long-lasting relationships.

I can help you make a difference.

Academic journals and papers must adhere to strict referencing requirements and follow stringent formatting regulations. I can ensure your work conforms to all the necessary specifications, is within the required word limit and is structurally sound and coherent.

I will ensure your paper is the best it can be.

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