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Copy editing and proofreading to improve the clarity and quality of manuscripts, reports, marketing materials and online communications; learn more


Words (and images) turned into beautiful books, professional reports, effective marketing materials and user-friendly websites; look at some examples …


Support to start, or to develop, a website based on WordPress (and a Divi theme). Simple, cheap — and fun …


Existing material or original research transformed into compelling copy that delivers an individual, targeted message …

congratulations, you've written your book. now what?

Whether your manuscript is fiction or fact, a personal biography or a business revelation; whether you are thinking of self-publishing or want to approach publishing agents, there are certain stages you need to go through – and Shakspeare Editorial can help you unlock the mysteries and avoid the pitfalls. You pay for what you need, all royalties are yours … Read about self-publishing or get in touch for a chat

Simon Riley–Highpath

That is great, thank you. I have used your edits and updated the site. It is a massive improvement!

Simon Riley

Copy for new website – Highpath Project Management and Consulting

How to Teach Dyslexics

Anyone who needs a Design and Typesetter if you are writing a book, article etc you HAVE TO USE Alison Shakspeare, she is amazing, … it would have been impossible without Alison’s Skill and professionalism, she also does websites!!! An absolute Godsend that I found her because I was panicking bigtime, her attention to detail is phenomenal.’

Layout and editing of Teaching Dyslexics How to Read and Write Music

Deborah Alobah, singer and teacher

Briton Ferry Rugby Club

A big thanks to Alison Shakspeare for pulling the mass of information together and making a dream a reality!

Book to celebrate 125 years of Briton Ferry Rugby Club

Martyn Bate

Erik Thorstensen, academic

‘Very, very reassuring having you lifting the text.…Everything very good – and I am in the process of submitting. You’re excellent.’

Copy editing multi-author article for Orbit

Erik Thorstensen, academic

Richard Grainger

‘Thanks for all your help. You’ve been really professional and I’d happily use your services again.’

Book and cover layout, formatting ebook, setting up POD account and getting Losing the Plot on Amazon

Richard Grainger, author of Losing The Plot

Jane Snookes

‘Alison has professionally and patiently guided me through the process of getting my childrens’ book from developmental edit to publication. Her calm manner and knowledge were an invaluable guide and motivation.’

Development edit, copy edit, book design, ebook conversion

Jane Snookes, self-publishing author of The Unexpected Quantor

Paul, author of Hotlifestyle

‘I like it a lot. You kept the stylistic part and streamlined where it was needed.’

Copy edits of three books

Paul McQueen, author of Hotlifestyle—Essential Basics; Everybody Loves Money; Brexit Chronicles

kurt hübner, author and volume editor

‘First of all let me thank you for your very thoughtful and thorough editing.’

Copy editing multi-author volume, National Pathways to Low Carbon Emission Economies

Kurt Hübner, author and volume editor

crediton town team website

‘Brilliant, thanks so much. I wish everyone was as efficient as you!’

Website design and updates

Crediton Town Team

polly hale, fit mum formula

‘I know you’re up to the job skills wise, putting ebooks together (with all content supplied) to look professional & pretty. And I’d prefer to work with someone I already know if you’re up for it?’ ‘It looks fab! Please do go ahead for whatever is next!’

Proofreading, design of books and documentation, conversion to ebook

Polly Hale, author of The Fit Mum Formula; Eat Drink and Be Slim


‘You’ve really helped us make the deadline here.’ ‘It would be great if you had the availability to do at least three during that span.’

Copy editing in InDesign of business reports


saxon graphics

‘I look forward to working with you again.’

Academic copy editing for Routledge

Saxon Graphics

‘Thanks, have approved and passed for processing.’

Business report copy editing

Smithers Information

povey editorial

‘Thanks ever so much … I’ll send another one to be edited after this one.’ ‘Thank you very much for the work. Lots more expected … so watch this space.’ ‘The site looks lovely.’

Academic copy editing for a variety of publishing houses, including Springer; new WordPress website design

Povey Editorial

dorling kindersley

‘Many thanks for all your editorial efforts and for juggling jobs around so that you could prioritise Incredible Edibles – very much appreciated!’

Copy editing on PDF

Dorling Kindersley


‘You are at the top of our editors list.’ ‘Many  thanks for these files for Edward Elgar Research Handbook (and well ahead of  schedule).’ 

Copy editing for academic publishers


bourchier (publishing consultancy)

‘Brilliant! Thanks so much for getting through this before your holiday.’ ‘I have more books if you’re ready for another. If not, could you let me know when you’re likely to be free again.’

Copy editing for academic publications


who booklets on tb

‘I am happy to recommend Alison. She did an excellent job of managing a challenging project involving a suite of documents that needed to be turned around quickly.’

Formatting set of booklets for WHO on TB assessment; logo development

Hilary Cadman, Cadman Editing Services / Cadman Training

peppercorn properties

‘I do like what you did for the cover. That’s a good template I can see myself using.’ ‘Perfect! Thank you so much for your help (and patience)!’

Branding package for real estate business in US: logo, colour scheme, stationery and website items

Anna TamaokaProprietor, Peppercorn Properties

nahida mahmood

‘I am impressed by what you said about the contribution to Western medicine, architecture, mathematics and astronomy its what i came across in my research and was amazed and it made me want to explore more. It really encouraged me and I was amazed that you kind of picked up on that.’

Copywriting article for Flair, issue 26, after telephone interview

Nahida Mahmood, designer

flair magazine

‘That is brilliant, well done. Great reading. It goes in as it is!’

Copywriting and copy editing articles on sewing

Liz Keegan, Editor, Flair Magazine

oakshott fabrics

‘Oooh, you did get in the zone, Alison! It fits the bill perfectly – it’s exactly what we need.  Thank you so much.’ ‘I’ll take a gallon of that creative juice too please! Well done.’

Writing product descriptions

Michael Oakshott, Director, Oakshott Fabrics

bespoak joinery

‘Can you please supply a short introduction for Instagram? I’ll let you decide what best to write.’

Copywriting for business

Tim Squance, Bespoak Furniture & Joinery

oliver’s bakery

‘Thanks Alison you are a star! Looks great.’

New WordPress website design

David Oliver, Oliver’s Bakery

john f. mcdonald

‘The new site looks great … Love the Reviews and Awards page … Love the slider.’

New WordPress website

John F. McDonald

kay hawkins

‘Thank you so much for trekking all the way up here to show me how to make changes to my website. It was much appreciated and meant that I could start to put some real meat on the bones.’

New WordPress website

Kay Hawkins, Monument Editorial Services

black dog eggs

‘Oh wow! Just what the doctor ordered.’

New WordPress website

Lou Ayre, Black Dog Eggs

richard glass

‘Dear Alison, It has been a pleasure working with you. I am overwhelmed by the book, so a big Scottish thank you.’

Copy editing autobiography; book and cover design

Richard Glass, The Long Journey

andrew walker

‘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 … I would like to say how much I value all the help and support you have given me.’

Development editing, copy editing, book and cover design

Andrew Walker, author of Following The Star

craig newbery-jones

‘Thank you for this. I am very happy for you to send your invoice over.’

Thesis edit

Craig Newbery-Jones, author of Constructing a Popular Image: The Press Representation of the Bar in the Nineteenth Century

keith brown

‘The book is great. Thank you for all your hard work.’

Copy editing, book layout

Keith Brown, Mere Kaffir

susan carpenter

Dear Alison, Thank you for your professional and continuous support during the editing process of the book which included the insertion of numerous images in each of the chapters and the names of Japanese people and places.  Your patience with my requests for corrections was very much appreciated.

Best wishes, Susan

Susan Carpenter

Business/Autobiography, Forget the Third Arrow and Behold the Old World Order

sunrise setting

‘Thanks for Part 3.  It looks good’

Academic editing for SAGE

Sunrise Setting

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