COPY-EDITING AND PROOFREADING

Many people who don’t write for a living but have a message to get across might benefit from the services of a copy-editor (for correcting grammar, punctuation, spelling, factual accuracy and so on) or a proofreader (for final checks before publication). In the digital age, the differences between the two often get blurred. But in a competitive world, getting your message right can still make the difference between success and failure with demanding customers.

There are countless “proofreaders” advertising on the Internet but many do not have recognised qualifications. I am a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), which has a code of practice that assures clients of high standards not available from the many unregulated providers that have proliferated in recent times.

Editing: the performance of thought in action

I qualified at the Publishing Training Centre in London with a Merit Pass and work to the demanding standards of the SfEP. I work in almost any subject field, and specialise in foreign affairs, international development and security, business, politics and government, energy and environment, and travel and transport. Having spent the majority of my working life outside the UK, I am accustomed to working with writers for whom English is not the mother tongue.

I offer competitive introductory rates for copy-editing and proofreading – please get in touch for a quote. To see comments by recent clients, click here.

Commissions (copy-editing, proofreading or copywriting) include:

Books

British Olympic Heroes: The Best of British Gold Medallists (2012 revised ed.)

The Purebred Arabian Horses of Iraq

Wings Over Arabia

Small Miracles: The Story of the Princess Alia Foundation

Hidden in the Sands: Uncovering Qatar’s Past

Epsom to Tralee: A Journey Round the Racecourses of the British Isles

SeaBEAN, SeaWAR and SeaRISE (children’s fiction)

The History of the Welsh Pony

The Caravan Goes On: How Aramco and Saudi Arabia Grew Up Together

Sicilian Shadows

Through the Palace Keyhole

A Soldier in Arabia

Fibs, Facts and Farces: Tales from the Arab World

White House: Wit, Wisdom and Wisecracks

Seven Bands of Gold: Book One: First Love (romantic fiction)

A Matter of Luck

Champion For Women

Caught In The Crossfire

Roads Were Not Built For Cars

The Herring Fleet

Introduction to and chapters in The Semantics of Statebuilding (published by Routledge)

Magazines etc.

Diplomaatia (for International Centre for Defence and Security, Estonia)

JetLife Nigeria (aviation)

Fifth Chukker (polo)

MSS Series (Midwives Service Scheme quarterly)

Petroleum Reform Post (newsletter of the Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources)

Fascinating Nigeria (tourism)

Business

10-part training manual for Suttons & Robertsons, one of the UK’s largest pawnbrokers

Reports for Forensic Risk Alliance

Reports for Development Initiatives Ltd

Reports for EMG CSR Consultancy

Internal staff policy document for The Money Shop

Marketing brochure for CMES, oilfield engineering company

Marketing brochure for LEKOIL, oil exploration and production company

HR manual for AITEO (oil and gas company)

Academic

Research papers and reports for the Department of International Development at the LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science) and School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham

Ph.D theses – Marginalisation of former fighters in Liberia; Identity and ethnic violence in Georgia; US Policy towards Iran; Group governance in China’s Third Line enterprises; Quality of governance in Iraqi Kurdistan

Articles for publication in academic journals – Liberal peacebuilding; Tensions between aid relief and development; Economic governance and international administration; Rule of law in South Sudan; Responses to security pluralism on the South Sudan-DRC border; Chinese access to Philippine fisheries; ECOWAS

 

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