I’m an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and have been working in the book trade since 2005 and full-time freelance since 2009. On some projects I am assisted by Matt Wood, an Entry-Level Member of the SfEP whom I am mentoring in editorial skills.

Qualifications and courses

  • BA English Literature, Durham University, UK (first-class honours, 2005)
  • SfEP conference (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Indexing Workshop for Editors and Proofreaders (Society of Indexers, 2012)
  • Introduction to Web Editorial Skills (SfEP, 2012)
  • Working with XML (Publishing Training Centre, 2012)
  • Advanced Copy-Editing (Publishing Training Centre, 2011)
  • On-Screen Editing 2 (SfEP, 2010)
  • Proofreading Problems (SfEP, 2009)
  • Basic Proofreading (Publishing Training Centre, 2009)

Skills and expertise

  • Project management, copy-editing (on screen) and proofreading (hard copy or on screen; BSI symbols or Acrobat’s in-built mark-up)
  • All types of publication, including trade books, journal articles, reports, monographs, contributed volumes, textbooks, multi-author works and business documents ranging from annual reports to prospectuses to client letters
  • MS Word’s styles, templates and macros
  • Style guides including AP, APA, Chicago/CMOS, Hart’s and MLA
  • Style sheets, including creation from scratch for complex multi-editor projects
  • UK and US English
  • InDesign
  • XML, HTML and CSS
  • Blog writing, including guest posts

Other experience

  • Two years in-house with Elsevier, Oxford (2007–2009), latterly as a project manager of major reference works
  • Two years as a children’s bookseller and events manager at Ottakar’s, Bromsgrove (2005–2007)

Clients (current and recent)




  • Academics
  • PhD (thesis) and other students
  • Self-publishers


  • Speed mentor, SfEP conference 2016
  • Mentor in editorial skills since 2014