Deborah Emmitt

About me

If you need a highly skilled, professional proofreader and copy editor with many years of experience, I am here to help.

As a writer myself, I understand the need to find a trustworthy, dependable editor, someone who will give your work the same level of care and attention that you have given it.

I graduated from the University of Oxford in 2001. Since then, I have clocked up 20 years of experience working with content of all types (including in-depth knowledge of presenting web content).

I am in the final stages of writing my own novel, a mystery set in the south of France, so have knowledge of character arcs, plot points, dialogue and more.

I will begin by gathering your full requirements to ensure I deliver exactly what you need. I will communicate with you throughout the project and will deliver high-quality work on time, with tracked changes and comments if applicable.

Please contact me if I sound like a good fit for your project, or if you would like to find out more (including a free sample edit). I look forward to working with you.


  • Proofreading web content, including looking out for SEO, accessibility and user experience issues
  • Copyediting and proofreading fiction, non-fiction and children’s books


  • Freelance copy editor and proofreader (2018–present)
  • Senior digital content production officer, Cardiff University (2007–2020)
  • Website manager, International Baccalaureate (2004–2007)
  • Webmaster and project assistant, University of Oxford’s Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine (2001–2004)

Qualifications and awards

  • Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) – entry-level member and completed ‘Introduction to Copyediting’ course
  • Oxford University – BA Hons in French and Portuguese

Recent clients

  • Scholastic-Quill Club Writers for their Write Now programme (editing and proofreading short stories)
  • Arzu Tunca, independent publisher at Life Is Publishing (proofreading non-fiction final layout)
  • BICERO, provider of lifelong-learning courses for professionals (extensive content editing for website and course copy)
  • Tattiana Kifile, children’s author (copyediting)
  • Hoi Pham, fiction author (copyediting)


Deborah is the best proofreader we have worked with, thorough, responsive and fair pricing. Will definitely be working with her for future tasks.

Mark Whittle, Virtual Reality Experiences (VRE) Ltd

Fast and accurate work, flexible to work any time. She is awesome. I will keep working with her.

Tattiana Kifile, children’s author

Deborah’s work conforms to the highest standards of editing and proofreading…We’ve been working with her for a few years and rely on her for well-edited work, on time, all the time.

Hemant Kumar, author and founding editor of Quill Club Writers

Deborah was responsive to the many queries I had. Particularly helpful was her feedback as to why she suggested her changes, instead of simply making the changes. The edits were provided on time and Deborah kept me updated throughout the project. Prior to being award the contract, Deborah also generously provided a free sample edit so we could both assess whether our working styles were compatible. She was also available to speak via video conference instead of solely relying on chat. If you’re looking for an editor, I recommend Deborah.

Hoi Pham, author

I had a very pleasant experience with Deborah. She delivered excellent work, going above and beyond my expectations, and completing a day before the deadline. It is clear that she put her heart into the work, not just her mind. The editing and proof-reading is spotless. And on top, she made suggestions to revise some parts based on how it made her feel as a reader, which I find very valuable. She even caught a mistake I made in mathematical calculation! She kept me posted throughout the process, and reached out for clarification when needed. I would definitely work with her if there is another opportunity.

Meltem Kusku, author


Emma Lawson

About me

I offer professional, high-quality copywriting, copyediting and proofreading services and can work with you to ensure that your writing is coherent, consistent and compelling.

After graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Politics and International Relations, I worked in East Africa for several years and have written, proofread and edited copy for organisations ranging from established human rights NGOs to social enterprise start-ups, and have completed accredited training in proofreading and copyediting with the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.


  • Copywriting
  • Copyediting
  • Proofreading


I have written copy and created content for numerous organisations, including Care UK, Tearfund, Relevant Magazine, and Together Street, as well as proofreading and editing digital content for NGOs and non-profits.

I have proofread text ranging from CVs and web copy to post-graduate dissertations.

I have also proofread and edited both fiction and non-fiction, including:

  • Notes From A Sacred Land: Tales Of Hope From Pakistan, and Land Of Beauty, Land Of Pain: Seeking The Soul Of Pakistan, a collection of essays on life in contemporary Pakistan by travel writer and author Matthew Vaughan.
  • Wish you Were Here: 50 of the World’s Greatest Travel Destinations, by Terry Stevens, published by Graffeg.

In addition to copywriting, copyediting and proofreading, I am a published writer, my most recent piece of short fiction having been published by Ellipsis Zine:

Qualifications and awards

  • BA (Hons) Politics & International Relations, First Class.
  • Proofreading 1, CIEP
  • Proofreading 2 CIEP
  • Copyediting 1, CIEP
  • Copyediting 2, CIEP

Recent clients

  • Graffeg Publishing
  • Vivian Watson, independent author
  • Emily Newlin, King Creative Marketing and Design
  • Tearfund


I used Emma’s services to copy-edit and proofread my first two novels. She worked amazingly efficiently and provided me with the most thorough and helpful feedback, highlighting not only mistakes but also areas that needed further clarification.

Matthew Vaughan, Independent Author

Emma did a great job on a recent publication of ours. She was able to return the work digitally, which made the process efficient and speedy. She made some very useful observations which improved the quality of the publication, and was friendly and helpful throughout our conversations. Many thanks.

Peter Gill, Founder and Managing Director, Graffeg Publishing

Emma’s copywriting is well researched, effective and efficient. She has truly been a lifesaver for my business in increasing our communication with our customers!

Emily Newlin, King Creative Marketing and Design

Emma has proofread work for Hands Around the World which has been completed quickly and efficiently with clear and useful feedback on documents. We are delighted to work with Emma as we have found having a third party proofread documents is incredibly important, and highlights things that we have not picked up on in the office. We will continue to use her services. Many thanks.

Jane Powell, Hands Around The World

Thanks so much for understanding and being flexible. Your comments are so helpful, I’m glad I came to you… I felt like you had my back and that really calmed me down.

Natalie Record, postgraduate student, MSc programme

Emma was recommended to me by a good friend. Although I was fairly confident that I had done a good job on my book… I thought it would be wise to employ some professional help.

Emma was very quick to respond and at my request returned my draft text showing various alterations and recommendations. It was an education to me to realise how easy it is for simple mistakes to get through without a keen eye.

I am so glad that I used Emma’s services and would do so again without hesitation.

Vivian Watson, Independent Author

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Emma Lawson

Gina Rathbone

About me

I bring a fresh eye and careful attention to detail helping businesses, authors and students produce accurate materials to a high standard.

I can tackle any subject but I’m really at home with mountaineering, climbing, adventure and travel books, blogs, websites and guides.   Drawing on both first-hand knowledge and a great love of outdoor literature, I’m comfortable with technical terms and equipment use, I’m familiar with references to a wide range of wild and remote locations such as specific mountains, routes or trails, and understand the language of travel and navigation.


  • Proofreading – bringing consistency and accuracy to your print or online materials


As a freelance proofreader I use my skills developed in over 15 years as a senior communications professional for a national public sector organisation.

Meeting high expectations and creating content that stands up to public scrutiny is one of my strengths.

Training and qualifications

  • Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) – entry level member and trained in:
    • Introduction to Proofreading
    • Proofreading Headway
    • Proofreading Progress
  • Editorial Skills for Business – The Publishing Training Company
  • BA (Hons) English Literature 2:1, Cardiff University

Jodie Marley

About me

I am a freelance proofreader, offering a friendly and professional service. If you have material ready for publication, or to be posted on a website or blog, I can assist you by giving your document a final check to look for any errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar that may have slipped through, and will also check the overall style and layout for consistency throughout the material to ensure your work looks polished and professional.

I am happy to work on many different types of document, large or small, onscreen or on paper. I carry out the majority of my work on PDF, either using Adobe Acrobat’s annotation tools or the BSI proofreading symbols, but I can also work on Word documents using Track Changes.

I have experience of working with both publishers and businesses, proofreading a variety of material including non-fiction, fiction and marketing materials such as brochures and technical detailers.

I can work on a wide variety of subject matter, but offer excellent background knowledge in the areas of veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences. My interests include gardening, history and nature.




Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), formerly the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)
Former career as a veterinary surgeon in small animal practice

Qualifications and awards

  • Society for Editors and Proofreaders:
    Mentoring scheme (10/10)
    Proofreading Progress
  • Publishing Training Centre:
    Basic Proofreading (Distinction)
  • University of Edinburgh:


Jodie has worked with 5m Publishing as a proofreader for Veterinary Practice magazine for about a year now. She is a delight to work with – her work is consistently of a high standard and she communicates any changes very well using the comments function on Adobe Reader. Jodie is reliable and flexible; she turns work around quickly and is understanding of tight deadlines.

Jennifer Parker, editor, Veterinary Practice magazine

I was recommended Jodie via 5m Publishing to proofread Improve International’s various prospectuses which we publish on an annual basis. Jodie has taken what was previously a painstaking task to something which is turned around in half the time without the stress. She is thorough, detailed, concise and so easy to work with. She has become my ‘go-to’ person for all technical and grammar issues regardless of the communication. She has made such a huge difference to my workload and enabled me to be confident in continuing to develop high-quality marketing materials.

Gaynor Moreton, Marketing Manager, Improve International

Jodie has proofread so many titles for us and is such an integral part of not just our process, but our team. I can always rely on her to meet every deadline, provide consistent changes, and deliver quality work. Due to her explanation of changes, I nearly always learn something too. We absolutely love working with her.

Sam Brace, Assistant Publisher, Agora Books

Karen Cox

About me

I am a freelance proofreader specialising in music and humanities, but am happy to work on a wide variety of subjects.


  • Proofreading (on-screen and hard copy)
  • Music proofreading and editing


  • Intermediate Member of the CIEP

Qualifications and awards

  • PTC Basic Proofreading (Merit)
  • CIEP Proofreading and Editing Music
  • BA (Hons) in music
  • LTCL (teaching piano and theory of music)

Recent clients

  • Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
  • PhD and Masters students from the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban and Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zurich)
  • Septura chamber brass ensemble
  • City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra


Having worked with a wide variety of freelance proofreaders in my 7 years working in the publishing industry, I personally would have no reservations in recommending Karen’s work which was of high standard.

Commissioning editor, Taylor & Francis

Karen Cox

07941 367022

Stephanie Blake

About me

I am an experienced Spanish to English translator and native English proofreader.

I specialise in medical translation, but I am experienced in a wide variety of subject areas: I am a qualified TESOL teacher and experienced in the field of education, and I have a BA in history and spent three months translating in Seville’s Archaeology Museum.

My employment background is in the area of equality and human rights and I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience during the ten years I spent working in this field.

I am a qualified reflexologist and I spent the last two years working as an in-house translator for a medical clinic in Spain. I have worked on a variety of documents including patient information documents, informed consent forms, medical reports, research papers, and websites and blogs, as well as didactic texts.


  • ES-EN translation and revision
  • Proofreading


3 years as a translator and proofreader.

2 years in-house as a medical translator and interpreter.

2 years as an English language teacher.

10 years working in the field of equality and human rights.

Qualifications and awards

Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders – Entry Level

Publishing Training Centre’s Basic Proofreading – Merit

Trinity Cert TESOL

BA (Hons) History

Stephanie Blake


Sarah Dronfield

About me

I’m an editor and proofreader specialising in fiction.

You can find out more about me on my website.


  • Manuscript critiques
  • Developmental editing
  • Line and copy-editing
  • Proofreading


I am a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), formerly the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). I have experience of editing and proofreading both fiction (including children’s fiction, thrillers, historical fiction) and non-fiction (including school reports, self-help, memoirs, and pregnancy, birth and parenting).

Training and Qualifications

  • Developmental Editing of Fiction (Intermediate and Advanced), Editorial Freelancers Association
  • Introduction to Fiction Editing, SfEP
  • Editing with Word, SfEP
  • Introduction to Copy-editing, SfEP
  • Grammar at Work, Publishing Training Centre
  • Basic Proofreading, Publishing Training Centre (Merit)
  • PG Diploma in Organic Agriculture
  • 2:1 (Joint Honours) Archaeology and Environmental Management

More about Sarah

I am a trained breastfeeding peer supporter, helping mothers who wish to breastfeed.

Andrew Melvin

About me

I’ve been correcting and producing text of all kinds for more than 20 years. Since going freelance in 2015 I have:

  • Edited and/or proofread more than 80 books by authors from around the world for leading publishers and specialists
  • Completed editorial reviews of research papers and in-depth technical guides
  • Edited newsletters, reports, and varied material for organisations in the UK and elsewhere

My clients’ projects have covered a wide variety of subject areas, but my specialist knowledge includes:

  • Film, TV, theatre – I’ve been a juror for BAFTA Cymru and I can also edit scripts and use Final Draft
  • Games – role-playing games (RPGs), wargames, board/tabletop games, and video games
  • History – particularly military history and medieval history
  • Music – including playing, composing, and producing it

Besides non-fiction, if you’re writing a novel in the fantasy, science fiction, or historical genres, I would be very interested in editing your work.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know what you need, or visit to see how I can help you.


  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Script editing and reading
  • Writing


  • Five years as the in-house editor at a professional association
  • Sixteen years editing and writing for newspapers
  • Trainer and/or mentor for editors and journalists
  • Author of two books (SF and fantasy)

Qualifications and awards

  • Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading
  • BA (Hons) English Literature
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
  • National Council for the Training of Journalists’ National Certificate Examination
  • Course in script reading (Industrial Scripts)

Karen Morton

About me

I’m Karen, a freelance proofreader and translator based in Cardiff.

I trained in proofreading with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and completed its well-respected mentoring scheme in 2015. My main areas of interest are business, education and languages.

I also offer translation services, working in the following language pairs:

  • Spanish into English
  • French into English.

Please visit to find out more about the services I offer.


  • Proofreading
  • Translation


  • Freelance since 2015
  • Intermediate Member of the SfEP

Qualifications and awards

  • SfEP Mentoring Scheme (10/10)
  • SfEP Proofreading 2: Progress
  • SfEP Proofreading: Introduction
  • BA (Hons) Spanish and French (2:1)

Sarah Fish

About me

I provide a range of editorial services, including copy-editing, proofreading, anglicising and project management. I am experienced in working across a wide variety of subject areas and on various types of text, from academic books and journals to illustrated children’s books and fiction.


  • Copy-editing (on-screen and hard copy)
  • Proofreading (on-screen and hard copy)
  • Editorial project management
  • Anglicising


  • Freelance since 2000
  • SfEP Advanced Professional Member

Qualifications and awards

  • SfEP Accredited Proofreader
  • MA Celtic Studies
  • BA French Language and Literature

Recent clients

  • Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
  • University of Wales Press
  • Parragon Books
  • Seren Books/Poetry Wales


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