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The fiction proofreader and copyeditor
Edit with elegance. Honour the voice. Respect the journey
I'm a specialist fiction proofreader and copyeditor. When we work together, you'll receive a personalized service that's tailored just for you.
I work with independent and self-publishing writers to bring clarity and consistency to their books. I’ll help tighten and smooth your manuscript at sentence level while implementing standard grammar, punctuation and spelling. All the while, I'll respect your voice, the world you've built and the characters who live within it.
I have over twenty-five years of professional publishing experience. I worked for two major international publishing houses before turning freelance in 2006. Since then, I've completed over 500 proofreading and copyediting projects – from fiction and commercial non-fiction books to texts in the social sciences and humanities.
I welcome the opportunity to work with both beginning and mature writers. Drop me a line to find out how I can help you.
To read more about how I can help you, visit the dedicated Self-publishers page on my website.
What my clients say
"Louise is my trusted go-to proofreader for the most gnarly projects that land on my desk." Madhubanti Bhattacharyya, Desk Editor, Edward Elgar Publishing
"Louise is a reliable and diligent proofreader … A true professional!" Ian Antcliff, Managing Senior Editor, SAGE Publications
"We have been using Louise as a regular proofreader for around six years, and have always found her diligent in her attitude, accurate in her work and utterly reliable on her dates." Neil de Cort, Production Manager, Polity
"Louise is an extremely dependable proofreader. She has been a key supplier to us for many years and her flexible and friendly approach make her a joy to work with.Top qualities: great results, personable, high integrity." Jo Bottrill, Managing Director, Out of House Publishing
"Louise is an excellent proofreader. She’s extremely reliable and always delivers on time." Nicola Lovick, Managing Editor, Constable & Robinson
Click HERE to read more testimonials from publishers and independent writers, or select the Client Reviews tab above to see what individual professionals say about my work.
Getting in touch
To contact me, use the Contact Listing Owner tab above. If you need further information about the subjects I proofread, excellent client testimonials, terms and conditions, a downloadable résumé, and full portfolio of proofreading projects completed to date, visit my website: Louise Harnby | Proofreader.
I asked Louise to proofread my application for an academic position and she did a tremendous job of cleaning up errors for a non-native English speaker. She is very accurate and attentive to the details. I strongly recommend her.
Philipp Chapkovski, PhD researcher at EUI
If you expect the public to part with their hard earned cash, for your book, then it is essential that you offer a professional product. Louise Harnby gives you that professionalism. I look forward to working with her on all future projects.
Louise was an absolute pleasure to work with and the service she provides is first class. As a first time author I felt a lot of pressure to make sure that my manuscript was perfect, and seeking Louise’s professional help really took a massive weight off my shoulders. I don’t know what I would have done without her. Even after she completed her work, she put me in touch with others who can assist in my journey and I am so grateful for that. I will definitely be using Louise again, she’s great!
Louise provides an excellent proofreading service. She is helpful, friendly and provides additional support to aspiring authors. I am happy to recommend her proofreading services and I look forward to working with her again.
As an independent consultant there are times when you just need to have that second proof of important communications. I hired Louise to proofread a newsletter initially. She did a fantastic job, was dthorough and delivered the work on time at short notice. Most of all she completely upgraded the layout of the bulletin and made it look professional and much easier to read. I look forward to hiring Louise again.
Louise is a meticulous and first-rate proofreader, and it is a pleasure to work with her.
I would warmly recommend Louise to any author in need of a proofreader, and who
may be nervous about the proofreading process.
Louise is wonderful. To say I am satisfied does not really do her justice. She responds very quickly, her work is brilliant and she always goes that extra mile. She is just a pleasure to work with. Louise is fantastic!
Louise is an excellent proofreader and very professional in the way she deals with her clients. She responded very quickly to my initial enquiry and produced the proofread document well ahead of her estimated completion time. I can highly recommend her and I will definitely use her again.
Louise provided an excellent service. She could not have been more professional in her work, she came back with comments quickly, all of which were very helpful, all at a very reasonable and competetive price. I'll certainly be using her again in the future.
Louise Harnby has become the guiding light who led me through the maze of epublishing and eformatting. Her proofreading skills are exemplary and her professionalism and recommendations have ensured that I have ended up with a very high quality product. Louise is prompt, accurate, consistent and knowledgeable. As a new author I feel confident knowing that she is close by and I have no reservations in recommending her skills though personally I would rather keep her as a secret known only to me. Louise now sits very comfortably at the top of my Christmas card list.
Louise, you have been a tremendous help with my book in the short time I have known you. Truly a thousand "thank you" won't be enough but once again Thanks. Your professional yet approachable manner makes it better for a novice author. I will be using your service again.
Louise has been very approachable and she really helped me to get the most out of my work. Although I have spent several years in UK and I am a fluent English speaker, Louise helped me to identify all those little language-mistakes that I would have never been able to recognize on my own. In addition to this, she provided precious advice on the structure of my work. I am really satisfied with her support and I would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for a professional proofreader.
I recently approached Louise to proofread my forthcoming ebook and was impressed beyond belief. She has an incredible eye for detail, her charges are very reasonable, communication was excellent and turnaround time exemplary. Thank you Louise.
Louise is flawless. She has the eyes of a hawk, and sharpness of mind to go with it. Moreover, her charm and efficiency make the process a very easy one. It would be a serious disservice to any manuscript not to have her proofread it prior to publication.
Louise has done a wonderful job of editing and adding finishing touches to a covering letter and CV. So, if you want to stop worrying about the content of important communication, Louise is the person to contact. In addition, I received really fast service delivered on time, well worth it.
Louise is great. Her work shows that all details have been carefully checked. She also considers the writer's intentions. Rather than just checking grammar and vocab, she communicates with the writer to produce a paper that shows what the writer intended.
Louise is the best proofreader I've ever met. My statement of purpose for my Master application to the University of Oxford was perfectly reconstructed. Thank you, Louise!
Louise has been absolutely fantastic! I am so happy I found her. She provided excellent service in no time. She was real pleasure to work with and the quality of her work was outstanding. I would highly recommend her and you know what? I am definitely contacting her again next time!
Louise helped me proof read and edit my personal statement. She thoroughly checked my statement for grammar as well as reordering certain things to make it more professional. She is very good at getting all of your ideas down in a concise way which is needed for personal statement writing! I would highly recommend her as a proof reader.
I was really happy with the proof reading and copy editing Louise did for me. She was able to express what I wanted to say in a concise manner, and she responded prompted to my enquiry. I will definitely use her again.
It's been a pleasure to work with Louise for her kindness. I contacted her from Barcelona through her website and she answered immediately. She is a meticulous and trusted proofreader and we are very satisfied with her work. No doubt I will contact her for new proofreadings!
Necesitaba a un corrector de confianza para unas segundas pruebas y contacté con Louise a través de su web. Me respondió inmediatamente. Louise es una correctora que presta mucha atención al detalle. Es meticulosa y entrega las correcciones a tiempo. En definitiva: ¡ha sido un placer trabajar con ella!
Louise was very helpful in proofreading my CV and letters. I am so grateful for all her help with my writings. I certainly recommend her support and advice. When I could not express in a good way what I was trying to say, she found excellent alternatives to write down my ideas. Thank you so much Louise.
Louise has assisted me on two books. I have been thoroughly satisfied with her knowledge of everything to do with the written word and the assistance provided over the phone as and when needed. Louise was a pleasure to work with and I will most certainly be using her for my next project. If you are looking for a proof reader, I would strongly recommend you too commission Louise.