Looking for help with your words? Look no further. My name is Victoria and I am a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). I have ten years’ experience working as a freelance editor and proofreader, helping people to express themselves effectively and accurately in writing.
I edit both fiction and non-fiction and offer proofreading, copy-editing and line-editing services (click on my website link above for more information). Specialising in creative non-fiction, I work on a range of different genres, including biographies, memoirs and travel writing. I also edit fiction and enjoy working with self-publishing authors. A master’s graduate in English Literature, I have always had a passion for novels, which I bring to my work along with training in fiction editing.
Having a love of the great outdoors – as well as of editing words – I am never more in my element than when I get to combine the two. I also edit detailed guidebooks for trekkers, walkers and cyclists in locations all over the world, which involves a high-level of accuracy and fact-checking; this level of meticulousness I apply to all my editing work.
I hold the following qualifications:
Fiction Editing – CIEP
References – CIEP
Copy-Editing – The Publishing Training Centre.
Basic Proofreading – The Publishing Training Centre.
MA 20th Century Literature – Leeds Metropolitan University
BA (Hons) English & Inter-Arts – University of Leeds.
I enjoy taking on a varied portfolio of work and don’t consider any job too small.
Get in touch with me at [email protected].
I look forward to discussing your requirements with you.
I can highly recommend Victoria for the professionalism, patience and understanding she showed whilst proofing and editing my work over many months. She helped me a great deal with my book about my travels and was always there to advise and help me when I had any problems expressing my travel adventures on paper. I cannot thank Victoria enough.
I would like to recommend Victoria O’Dowd as an editor as a result of her invaluable help, guidance and advice she afforded me in completing my family history Loss, Renewal and Reunion, which I have recently published.
Due to my unusual and interesting background, it has always been an ambition of mine to write a definitive account of my family’s history, but due to a number of negative factors, several attempts at this had been mismanaged. This was unfortunate, as a great deal of material, both written and photographic, had been gathered, and it would have been a great pity had the project been abandoned. However, I decided to ‘go it alone’, and I am glad that I was eventually able to complete the work this year.
That this has happened is entirely thanks to the invaluable help, guidance and advice I received from Victoria.
I first came into contact with Victoria in March 2018 on the recommendation of a mutual friend, and from the outset she has encouraged and developed my ideas and memories, particularly those of my childhood and youth. On many occasions when I was struggling to make progress, she urged me on to complete the task.
She quickly learned to read my somewhat continental handwriting, my spelling mistakes and my turn of phrase and was adept at finding the appropriate words to convey my story. She grasped the essence of my family history and produced an articulate and engaging account of a small Baltic family’s journey from the 1800s to the present day.
I cannot imagine that anyone else would have had the patience to get involved with this project, but from the outset Victoria became a close, good friend to my family and helped me to produce a piece of work of which I am immensely proud.
Thank you, Victoria.
I needed to get a report proof read and edited. Proof and Copy-edit were very professional and their recommendations were very constructive. I would have no hesitation in recommending Proof and Copy-Edit and I would use this service again in the future.
For my first novel, I needed a professional eye to weed any anomalies of syntax and punctuation out of my manuscript. Proof and Copy Edit performed this task punctiliously and within a tight time frame. I would recommend them highly.
Victoria proofread and copy-edited my debut novel (Fairyland) to an extremely high standard. She has a very professional approach and a keen eye for detail. Her suggestions and amendments were invaluable to the flow of the narrative and made the story much more readable. I would highly recommend her services to anyone thinking of self-publishing.
Victoria did a great job of proof reading and suggesting amends to our web sites. She did a thorough job of bringing the site up to a professional standard in a very short space of time. Her eye for detail is fantastic!
My website had recently been developed to what I thought was a high standard. However, it wasn’t until I asked Victoria’s business to review the content of the material that I realised the extent of grammatical errors that were contained within it. Her professional approach and expertise has now helped us with presenting potential clients with a website that is professionally streamlined and error free.