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I’m a freelance proofreader and copy-editor who specialises in non-fiction. My clients include academics, researchers and postgraduate students, and I have also worked for publishers, research institutes, businesses, government-funded bodies, charities, translators and independent authors. I have extensive experience of working on texts written by authors whose second language is English. I can work on all sorts of different documents, for example books, chapters for books, journal articles, conference papers, theses, dissertations, reports, marketing materials and brochures. I’m a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and co-run the local South Warwickshire and Coventry group.
I started my business in 2009. I am good at communicating well with clients before and if necessary during the work I’m doing to ensure that their needs are understood, confirmed and met. I pay meticulous attention to detail and have never missed a deadline. I have lots of repeat work from clients from around the world as well as from the UK, and you can see some of their testimonials on my website here: http://superscriptproofreading.co.uk/testimonials-reviews/
Qualifications and work history
My employment background is in law, but I have a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and History (University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, 1989). After university I studied law and passed the Common Professional Examination and the Law Society Finals (Chester College of Law, 1990–1992). I also have a Diploma in Personal Injury Litigation (Manchester Metropolitan University, 1998). From 1994 to 2001 I worked as a specialist personal injury solicitor. In 1999 I was made a salaried partner. I left in 2001 to spend more time with my then young children and had a career break of eight years.
More recent training includes the Publishing Training Centre’s Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning course (Pass with Merit, 2009), which is a qualification that is recognised within the publishing industry. I have also attended the Society for Editors and Proofreader’s Introduction to Copy-editing course (2014) and been on a one-day course on using macros (2014). In 2016 and again in 2017, I went to the SfEP’s annual conference, where I attended several workshops and seminars.
Proofreading and copy-editing experience
Since 2009, I have gained extensive experience of working on texts that are to be published. I am used to ensuring that a text complies with a style guide and can check and correct reference lists and bibliographies. In addition to correcting spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes, I can also ensure that an article is consistent in terms of things such as hyphenation, capitalisation, use of quote marks and italic, and so on. If I’m copy-editing, I can improve the fluency of the language and make it clearer; I can get rid of any repetition, awkward phrasing and ambiguity.
I have worked in a wide variety of subject areas, including architecture; advice work; anthropology; art history; business; creative writing; digital music composition; ecommerce; education; English literature; ethics; ethnology; farming; finance; health and rehabilitation; history; journalism; law; linguistics; local government; management; marketing; nursing; physiotherapy; political science; public health ethics; smoking cessation; social geography; and sociology. I’m therefore familiar with the language used in many different subject areas and quickly pick up on vocabulary that can often be quite specialised. Even if your subject area isn’t in this list, I can probably help you. You can see further details of some of the projects I’ve worked on here: http://superscriptproofreading.co.uk/portfolio/
The work I do for students is always subject to what their university rules allow, and even if there are no such rules at their particular university, I supply full details of what work I will carry out and what I cannot do because I believe it would contravene rules relating to collaboration/plagiarism.
I can work on Word documents and in PDF format. For details of what I can do for you, please browse my website, which you’ll find here: http://superscriptproofreading.co.uk/
Fees and how to get in touch
Each project needs a different level and type of work, so I always ask to see a sample before I quote. The best way to get in touch with me is by email, at [email protected], attaching your sample (at least 10 pages, ideally from the middle of your text) and details of your deadline. I can then assess how much work is needed and send you a quote. I usually reply the same day.
Please get in touch if you think I can help you.