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I am an editor and proofreader providing a friendly, professional service for all kinds of writing and most subjects. From PhD thesis to self-published novel, annual report to website, I can help you present your work effectively.
I have recent experience of working for publishers, charities, academics, students and businesses. See below for what they say about my work.
I can proofread or edit in Microsoft Word using Track Changes. I will use your style preferences or format, and follow your brief. I am trained in the use of BSI symbols/mark-up on paper or digitally on PDF. I can also use Adobe mark-up tools.
My areas of specialist expertise are ecology, nature conservation and countryside management. As well as editing and proofreading, I offer a writing service for these subjects.
I am an Intermediate Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and adhere to their Code of Practice.
Tight deadline? No problem
I work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings, and may be able to offer a quick turnaround, including an overnight or over-weekend service at short notice, for smaller jobs. I do not charge extra for this service.
Training and qualifications
PTC Basic Proofreading distance learning course with digital skills (merit)
SfEP Proofreading Progress
SfEP Practical mark-up of PDFs
PTC Grammar at work
SfEP Mentoring in Proofreading (full 10 points awarded)
SfEP Copy-editing Headway
BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
Ecology and nature conservation specialist
With a 24-year career in nature conservation I provide a specialist service for ecology, environment, countryside and wildlife-related subjects. I managed biodiversity projects for Dartmoor National Park Authority for 13 years, and previously worked for Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (six years) and Scottish Wildlife Trust (five years). I have written and edited many reports, articles, newsletters and corporate documents.
I have travelled widely and have strong interests in trekking, walking (with my dog) and sport.
Clients & testimonials
Recent clients include the National Trust, HarperCollins Publishers, Princeton University Press, Moors for the Future Partnership and Plymouth University.
“I have learnt a lot from your proofreading input… I wish I had used this type of service for past papers/manuscripts.” Dr Paul Lunt, Associate Head of Environmental Science, Plymouth University
“…brilliant work as always…” Kim Davies, National Trust
“ You’ve done a fantastic job working on these spreads, Frances. I’m really happy with the work you have carried out and you deserve a huge pat on the back. It can sometimes be a bit tricky when working with new freelancers but this has been a breeze! I’ll be sure to keep you in mind for future projects.” Craig Balfour, Collins Learning (HarperCollins)
“I am hugely satisfied with your work on my documents” GP, PhD applicant
Get in touch
To find out more, please visit my website at: Frances Cooper: Proofreading and Editing or contact me using the options above to discuss the service you need.
Mrs Cooper offers to carry out quality proofreading, in a really short-time. I sent her my CV and cover letter just a few days ago, and I received a corrected version yesterday.
Frances has pointed out every single detail that wasn’t appropriate. Her contribution was very helpful for me to get quality documents: I highly recommend her !
Frances has great attention to detail. She delivered the project before the deadline. Highly recommended!