Listed in Proofreaders / Editors
- 5 Mount Boone, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9PB
I am an Intermediate member of the Society for Editors & Proofreaders (SfEP), and while I specialise in working with authors of fiction & non-fiction books, I also proofread and copy edit for businesses. I have worked extensively in:
• online learning • travel • tourism • real estate • property rentals • resort development • music industry • marketing • promotions • public relations
I’m Shuna Meade, the copy editor and proofreader behind Final Polish Editorial. I’m also a published author. I write fiction and non-fiction and have been a bookworm all my life.
How I can help you – every writer needs a fresh set of editorial eyes – someone to experience their manuscript or document as a first-time reader would. I will help to smooth out your sentences and apply standard spelling, grammar, punctuation and formatting, so that your writing shines.
• As an author I understand the process, and the challenges involved in writing and being edited.
• As a copy editor I edit with a light touch, always respecting the author’s voice
• As a proofreader I read with a nit-picker’s meticulous eye for detail
I work using track changes in Word with Comment bubbles for queries and explanations, or I can mark-up PDFs using standard BSI symbols.
In fiction, my preferred genres are: mainstream, thriller, crime, mystery, literary, women’s fiction, domestic noir, sci-fi, children’s (MG), and Young Adult (YA). Most things considered as long as they aren’t too dark.
I’m British and married to an American. I’m equally comfortable editing in British English and US English.
I’m friendly, helpful, thorough and always professional, because I care about what I do.
And my qualifications?
I have a degree in English Literature & Language from St Andrews University. To further support my professional editing goals, I took an accredited proofreading & copy editing course (distinction), and courses on Editing with Word and Fiction Editing via the SfEP. I am committed to my continuing professional development.
This is the first piece of writing I have ever attempted and I was completely unsure how to begin the process of having it published. Shuna has guided me every step of the way and has made it almost effortless. She has edited my work in a thoughtful and sensitive way and has preserved the essence of the blog entries. Nothing has been too much trouble and I have come to think of her as a friend. I am incredibly grateful for her hard work and support without which I would not have achieved my dream.
I needed an copy editor/proofreader and was referred to this website. I emailed Shuna who offered to do a sample edit which she did overnight. It was obvious straight away she was at the top of her game so asked her to work on my novella. She’s done an amazing job and extremely quickly. I can’t emphasise enough how good she is.
Shuna Meade has just completed proof reading my first book How to run a Successful B&B. I had thought that proof reading was simple but slow. However, her speed and efficiency was absolutely outstanding. She worked through the book quickly and provided, not only grammatical and typo error corrections, but she also made helpful suggestions. She even offered Skype sessions which made the business impressively personal. I cannot thank her enough for this excellent service.
Shuna copy edited and proofread my latest crime thriller novel. I’m in no doubt that she massively improved the manuscript with her thoughtful, thorough, and professional changes. I’m stunned by the quality of her comprehensive process, achieved in an impressive turnaround time. I’ll want to use her again.
Martin Bodenham, crime thriller writer