Sharon is a fantastic editor. She is fast, determined and confidently came onboard my publication project to work to an existing deadline. I could not believe that my request to edit a whole book within a couple of weeks could actually be implemented with such brilliant quality.
Being an early career researcher, as well as an academic whose native language is not English, I needed a really great professional to polish my first book.
I was lucky to find Sharon who completed this job for me within very tight deadlines. Sharon was easy to communicate with and she always listened carefully to what I had to share with her. She delivered the work on time; in fact, Sharon exceeded all my expectations.
My book is currently in press with Routledge and will be published in June 2019. It was accepted for publication without a single correction within weeks of submission. Those in academia will definitely see this as an excellent illustration of high-quality research and presentation. I am very grateful to Sharon who helped me to communicate my ideas clearly and creatively, and to appeal directly to my audience.
Dr Natalia Grincheva, Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne
"Sharon Lapkin is the most talented and hardworking editor I have met in more than two decades in corporate communications. No matter how intricate the project or how tight the deadline, Sharon delivers.
As Publications Manager at the Business Council of Australia and, more recently, as Acting Senior Manager at the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, I valued Sharon's client communication and relationship management skills. Her outstanding responsiveness and attention to detail instilled great confidence in what were always high-pressure, high-profile assignments. I recommend Textshop without hesitation."
Rebecca Austin – Director, Austin Analytica
"Textshop is my ‘go-to place’ for editorial and proofreading work. Sharon is approachable, extremely knowledgeable, very reliable and responsive.
She has been editing academic storyboards, completing UAT reviews of built university courses and providing checklists to streamline our QA and UAT processes, alongside various editorial style guides across our business’ needs and various partnerships."
Simone Gottsche, Operations Manager, Learning Design and Development, Keypath Education
"We’ve worked with Sharon at Textshop for several years now. Sharon has always provided Twelve Creative with exceptional editing and proofreading services. Sharon has great attention to detail, is punctual meeting timelines, professional and easy to work with.
I recommend Sharon and Textshop with the utmost confidence."
Meagan Ward, Account Director, Twelve Creative
Sharon is one of those people who seems to be fantastic at everything she does. Of course, this extends to Textshop and her editing work.
I worked with Sharon at Area9 and then for her as a freelancer at Deakin University's corporate arm, DeakinPrime. At Area9, her experience as an editor and educator were essential in refining our editing and training processes. Her insights helped us make them more in-depth without adding unnecessary layers of complexity. This was especially impressive given that we (and the subject matter experts we trained) were working with a constantly evolving technology.
At DeakinPrime, Sharon oversaw my work as a freelance copyeditor. Her instructions were always clear and complete, as were her responses to my inevitable barrage of questions. I never felt as if I was doing guesswork – or annoying her with said barrage of questions. Sharon established expectations about the nature of the work and the content itself, and her assessments were always on point. Also, the style guide that she created was comprehensive in the best possible way.
Added bonus: Sharon’s a lovely person.
Beth Lasser, Writer and Editor, United States