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:
Seven Bands of Gold: Book One: First Love (romantic fiction)
Champion For Women
Caught In The Crossfire
The Herring Fleet
Introduction to and chapters in The Semantics of Statebuilding (published by Routledge)
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)
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)
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