do you need …

editing

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

design

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

websites

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

writing

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

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

Shakspeare Editorial can help you unlock the mysteries of publishing 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

the independent author income survey

Conducted for ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors in early 2023. Download this summary PDF of the results – it is worth reading if you are thinking of publishing.

Preparing for Publication

Avoid publishing pitfalls and produce a professional book after only 3 sessions. Available for groups or one-to-one

 

do you need …

editing

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

design

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

websites

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

writing

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

mootideas

Thank you for all your hard work this year, and for being so flexible and amenable. We really appreciate it and are very grateful to have you on the team.

Copy editing in InDesign of business reports for Mootideas

national flash fiction 2023

Thank you so much for all your hard work and speed – it was a joy to work with you and the whole team are thrilled. I think you can safely assume we will use you next year.

Anthology layout and re-formatting for ebook

simon coath, lawyer and trainer

 I have been very impressed with your professionalism and your ability to get on with things. I feel I can rely on you and am very happy to recommend you to others. The whole process has given me a number of ideas to pursue … Thanks again Alison and I’m looking forward to working together again in the future.

Edit, layout and publish –  Argue Like Lawyer: How to Inform, Influence and Persuade (A Lawyer’s Perspective)

joseph polacco, poet

Working with Alison has been a delight.  She is punctual, competent and does not decry my serial revelations of mistakes in copy.  In fact, she finds those I missed, and she fixes them, no grumbling

Design and layout of English/Spanish poetry book A Life’s Rambles/Ramblas de una Vida

deborah alobah, singer and teacher

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.

Editing and layout of Teaching Dyslexics How to Read and Write Music

self-publishing course attendee

An absolutely invaluable course for any aspiring author/writer scribbling away whose objective is ‘to be published’. For those with some knowledge of the process, the course neatly collates all topics. For the novice, Alison’s commonsense explanations and logical approach are readily understandable.

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

black dog eggs

‘Oh wow! Just what the doctor ordered.’

Setting up WordPress website Black Dog Eggs

smithers.com

Thanks, have approved and passed for processing.

Business report copy editing Smithers Information

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

briton ferry rugby club anniversary

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

Edited, designed and typeset a celebration of 125 years of Briton Ferry Rugby Club, authored by Martyn Bate

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

john f. mcdonald

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

Setting up WordPress website

wish i’d known about you

The proofread is absolutely perfect, I’m happy to sign off on your services and settle up the final invoice. I wish I’d known about you when I opted for the inhouse copyediting service, but we live and learn. Many thanks,

Jac Forsyth, author of ØRMA: The Song of the Lark

laura conyngham

Thank you, Alison for your dedicated, skilful, professional work and for the confidence I felt throughout that my treasures were in safe hands.

Editing and layout of Chronicles 1950–2020 for family and friends

self-publishing course attendee

Alison delivers a course full of expert knowledge for the aspiring writer.

Made such a difference

I really appreciate all the hard work you have put into this series which has made such a difference to the overall clarity and flow of the stories. I do hope we can work together again in the future.

Elise Darcy, author of the series Living Apart Together

falcon oast graphic art

My customer seemed very happy with your work so if I get any more I will be straight back in touch to see if you’re free.

Copyedit of fantasy novel

4word

‘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

edited manuscript taken on by hamish hamilton

you did an amazing job

Lilian Lijn, artist
Liquid Reflections to be published by Hamish Hamilton in 2025

know the rules – then break them with style

MINUTIAE: pick up self-publishing hints, tips and tricks for writing, editing, designing and publishing (these are the latest, see more on the Minutiae page)

working for businesses and authors wherever english is used

Alliance of Independent Authors

Join ALLi via this link, I recommend membership for all independent authors

NHS Staff Benefits
Military Personnel Discounts