Professional, personalised proofreading and editing services for independent authors, academics, writers and businesses. Early manuscript review (beta reading) service for independent authors.
As an Intermediate Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), I follow its code of practice. I have completed several proofreading and editing courses with the CIEP, the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) and the Writers Bureau.
Services: proofreading, proof-editing, copy-editing and beta reading.
My fiction editing experience includes YA, fantasy, sci-fi, romance and women’s fiction. I have beta reading experience in YA, MG, fantasy, romance, thriller, action-adventure and women’s fiction. My non-fiction editing experience includes PhD (and EdD) theses, research papers, a personal development book, rules for a game, and the storyboards for a game app.
I edit in Microsoft Word using Track Changes and Comments. I also use the Adobe commenting tools on PDF. I have edited in UK and US English, and I’ve worked with dyslexic people and people whose first language is not English.
Prior to retraining as a proofreader and editor, I worked in the architectural design industry for twelve years, so when it comes to proofreading academic or business texts, I specialise in architecture and design-related disciplines.
Training and qualifications:
2023: Editor’s guide to editing fiction (PTC)
2023: Switching to fiction (Louise Harnby training for editors)
2023: Essential copyright for publishers (PTC)
2023: Introduction to marketing (PTC)
2023: Introduction to publishing (PTC)
2023: Proofreading PDFs (PTC)
2023: Editor’s guide to editing illustrations (PTC)
2022: Editor’s guide to editing references (PTC)
2022: Editor’s guide to author queries (PTC)
2022: Copy-Editor’s guide to working with authors (PTC)
2022: Editor’s guide to editorial style (PTC)
2022: Comprehensive guide to copy-editing (PTC)
2022: Introduction to proofreading (PTC)
2021: Manuscript evaluation (Editors Canada – webinar)
2020: Editing fiction (PTC)
2018: Proofreading theses and dissertations (CIEP)
2018: Proofreading and copy-editing (The Writers Bureau)
2017: Proofreading 1, introduction (CIEP)
2007: BSc Hons (upper second class) Interior Design (University of South Wales)
My business hours are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm (not including bank holidays).
Please get in touch for a quote or to discuss your project ([email protected]). I’ll need to see a representative sample (from the middle) of your work to provide a quote. For more information, including testimonials and editing resources, please visit my website: www.seymourprooreading.co.uk
Victoria has provide me with a professional and prompt service at a time when I needed it most. Her work was thorough and clear which went above and beyond in terms of sign posting me to sources of help and further information. It was invaluable to have a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ from outside the field go through my work, and in fact, Victoria was the only person to have read my thesis from cover to cover at that point in time. Using Victoria’s services was reassuring and saved me some time a very stressful time in my studies. I would thoroughly recommend Victoria if you want to ensure your work is of the highest possible standard.
Victoria is a very professional proofreader. The proofreading was very detailed and helpful. I also learned some writing tips from Victoria’s comments. I look forward to collaborating with Victoria in the future for more academic writings.
Victoria made it possible for this rather dyslexic writer to complete their Doctoral thesis. She is very familiar with all the strange conventions of academic writing.
Working with Victoria was a dream. She was professional and considerate the entire time, and made the whole experience very pain free. I’m a hybrid author, and finding a copy editor for my first self-published manuscript was quite daunting, but her work was equal to that of my large publisher. Thank you Tori.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Victoria twice now. Once on a beta-reading service she completed for me, and the second on a proof-edit for a sci-fi manuscript (c.100k words). Both were excellent services, completed on time and to very professional standards. The proof-edit in particular deserves praise for combining both a copy-edit and proofreading service all in one. Victoria did such a good job of preserving my voice and writing flow that I could barely tell what parts had been changed until I checked the edited version. The thousands of grammar, spelling and editing improvements she’d made were seamless. I would wholeheartedly recommend Victoria, and look forward to working with her again in the future.
Writing your first book is not an easy task especially when English is not your first language. I’ve worked on mine for almost two years, out of which six months I tried to proof edit it on my own and I still wasn’t happy about it. Then I found Tori online and she’s done it within 2 weeks, but in such a way that all I had to do was to approve the awesome suggestions she’s made throughout the 50,000 words I have written. I can now confidently start writing my next book knowing there is someone I can count on to do an excellent work and save me precious time.
Victoria has helped me by proofreading my PhD thesis. She has been immensely helpful beyond the proofreading with advice on every aspect of presentation and graphics. Professional throughout, she has been an important and invaluable source of guidance.
I would like to thank Victoria for her assistance with my story, for my gaming project, and for her grammar guidance on contracts and other documents.
Victoria is the first person I think about when I require clarity on grammar or sentencing dilemmas. She is very helpful and responds very quickly which is highly important for my business. I will continue to use her services for all my story-related projects and key documents.
I can’t thank Victoria enough for the help and support she has given me.she certainly went that extra mile to help me achieve my writing experience. Her knowledge and the time consuming advice she has given me as a new writer has enabled me to publish my work. I have no hesitation in recommending Victoria, and will hopefully be using her services again in the not too distant future.
This is the third time I work with Victoria, I am so happy with her work on my novel, short story and novella. She is a fantastic editor (for proof-edit and line-edit), with a keen eye for detail. She picks everything from punctuation, grammar, strange sentence structure (which is often my case as someone that has spent more than half her life in none-english-speaking countries and practices a foreign language at home). I also love her explanations so that I can amend myself and grow as a stronger, more confident writer. I can’t recommend her enough.
I can’t thank Victoria enough for the help and support she has given me. She certainly went that extra mile to help me achieve my writing experience. The knowledge and the time consuming advice she has given me as a new writer has enabled me to publish my work. I have no hesitation of recommending Victoria and will hopefully be using her services again in the not too distant future.