Academic Publishing




Copy editing (particularly for language of EFL authors) in social sciences and humanities for several publishers, including: Palgrave Macmillan; Ashgate; Manchester University Press; Routledge.

Gritty fiction from life experience


“I am very happy with what you have done so far and look forward to your blurb for the back, a pleasure working with you and will be happy to give you a recommendation.”

Keith Brown, author Mere Kaffir

A biography

“I would like to say thank you for the book and cover. I do not mind admitting that I was a little bit emotional when I saw what you had done; after all the hard work to finally see it looking like a book was fantastic.”

Andy Walker, author

Children's print and e-book

“Just been back to look at the very glossy proof copy with Lola and we are absolutely delighted! Well bloody done to all of us and a very big thank you to you for making it all happen!!”

Nick Brookland

Escape from London – Cabby and Co’s first adventure

Magazine sub-editing

Setting and maintaining brand style; editing and writing articles; checking proofs.

Future publications?

After a developmental editing report:

“This is fantastic feedback – thank you.  Actually I had never imagined that I would want to write – but now I have started I have to finish this.”

Potential children’s author

“Thank you very much for your report, I found it most informative. Just brilliant to get your knowledgeable view on my wee story!”

Putative adult fiction writer

Private academic submission

“Needless to say I am very grateful for your diligence and professionalism in the work.”

Francis Rothery, author of Missional Impossible, pre-submission to Wipf & Stock

Working with professional publishers

See the list of academic books copy edited for professional publishers


  • Online/on screen
  • Word/Pages
  • PDF
  • InDesign/InCopy
  • Use of BSI symbols, if instructed


  • keeping to timescales
  • working with stylesheets
  • contacting authors with diplomacy, if instructed
  • being consistent (e.g. references, UK/US styling)
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Working with independent authors

Do you need:

  • Development editing, which is a general assessment of whether your hard work is ready for editing. You will get a report on: whether the structure works; if the characters and plot are believable; what it might be worth taking out or making stronger; and, above all, whether a reader would enjoy the experience of your book.
  • Copy editing, when the text is in good shape then it is time for a thorough going over. This is when the language is assessed and oddities, or just plain ‘wrongness’, are amended; when the structure is checked for sense and accuracy. Once the words are right, so that the reader will understand your story, then the document can move on towards formatting, design and publication.
  • Proofreading, which is really a final check of the first design stage, pre-publication. This makes sure that odd spellings haven’t slipped through; that the punctuation is correct; that any styles, formatting and layout are all in the right place.

More information on the Independent Authors page.

Have a read of an excellent article by proofreader Louise Harnby on her perspective of what self-publishers may really need.


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