I’m great at eliminating errors and ensuring a piece of writing flows well and reads clearly. I’m a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders with fifteen years’ experience of proofreading and copy-editing. I’m good at editing non-native as well as native English, on-screen proofreading (using MS Word and Track Changes or PDF mark-up) and have been trained in proofreading fiction as well as non-fiction and dissertations.
I’ve been working very hard and doing all sorts of training at the Publishing Training Centre and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders over the past few years to be ready to go full-time freelance to do this job that I really enjoy. I previously worked as a proofreader for many years at an international advertising and digital media company. I’m based in the UK, am known for my attention to detail, accuracy and wide general knowledge. I enjoy proofreading various subjects, including current affairs, government and politics, HR management, business, marketing, education, international relations, travel and tourism, diet and nutrition, history and walking.
Areas of expertise include proofreading for magazines, tourist brochures, sales copy and academic writing (dissertations and journal articles).
My background is in languages, especially French, so would love to help with translation projects as well as getting involved in any proofreading or copy-editing projects.
Having successfully completed several courses organised by both the Publishing Training Centre and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (both organisations are widely recognised as excellent quality training providers in the publishing industry), I’m equipped with the knowledge to help you improve your writing or ensure your document is error-free.
I have a degree in Modern Languages, French and Russian with Political and Economic Studies.
I have used proofreading marks in various formats: paper, PDF files and Word so am able to use whatever suits you best and am happy to quote for work on small or large projects.
Please feel free to drop me an email with your requirements and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
I am extremely pleased with the proofreading Dianne did on my memoir, Trying to Understand Brazilian Culture. She did a VERY thorough job, and it was also completed ahead of schedule. She even corrected the spelling of place names in Brazil I’d made mistakes with, and a pop star’s name I’d written incorrectly (The name Will.i.am doesn’t have capital letters after each full stop? Who knew! Well, luckily for me….Dianne made it her business to know).
I’d not used the services of a proofreader before, but now I wouldn’t think twice about using Dianne for any future projects.
Dianne proofed hibu’s 27 community magazines of which I was National Copy Editing Manager. Dianne’s attention to detail was unbelievable – unlike anything I have encountered before in more than 20 years working in newspapers and magazines – and her ability to spot errors of spelling, punctuation, style and grammar first rate.
I cannot recommend Dianne highly enough … I ever get around to writing my memoirs she will be the first person I contact to give them the once over.