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.

Services

  • Copywriting
  • Copyediting
  • Proofreading

Experience

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: https://www.ellipsiszine.com/family-history-by-emma-lawson/

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

Testimonials

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

Email
emmajanelawson@gmail.com
Telephone
07367 577165
Web
emmalawsonproofreader.com
Twitter
@emmalawsonedits
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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.

Services

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

Experience

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.

Services

Proofreading

Experience

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:
    BVM&S

Testimonials

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.

Services

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

Experience

  • 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)
  • CT ABRSM

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

Testimonials

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

Email
karen@karencoxeditorial.co.uk
Telephone
07941 367022
Web
karencoxeditorial.co.uk
Twitter
@kcoxeditorial
LinkedIn
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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.

Services

  • ES-EN translation and revision
  • Proofreading

Experience

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

Email
sblaketraducciones@gmail.com
Telephone
07415111421
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Sarah Dronfield

About me

I’m an editor and proofreader specialising in fiction.

You can find out more about me on my website.

Services

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

Experience

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 www.icaneditthat.com to see how I can help you.

Services

  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Script editing and reading
  • Writing

Experience

  • 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 www.mortoneditorial.com to find out more about the services I offer.

Services

  • Proofreading
  • Translation

Experience

  • 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.

Services

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

Experience

  • 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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Email
info@sarahfish.co.uk
Telephone
07966286724
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Diane Bowden

About me

I am a freelance copy-editor and proofreader specialising in academic and student work, but will happily edit a wide variety of texts. Many of my clients have English as a second language. I provide a friendly, professional and confidential editorial service which is affordable and fast. I can help improve the quality of your written work, ensuring each sentence is constructed using the most appropriate words, with each point demonstrated to its full potential.

Please contact me if you would like to know more.

Services

  • Proofreading – a final check of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style to ensure your document has a polished, professional finish
  • Copy-editing – which includes all elements of proofreading but also involves editing of content, structure and flow to improve clarity and style
  • Subject areas – built environment disciplines, engineering, geography, earth and environmental sciences, art and design

Experience

  • Freelance since 2012, following a career in higher education spanning 18 years
  • 14 years of experience publishing, proofreading and copy-editing academic texts
  • As copy-editor for peer-reviewed online journals, I have copy-edited over 200 academic papers and have meticulous attention to detail and familiarity with academic conventions
  • Entry-Level Member of the SfEP

Recent clients

  • Cardiff University
  • Higher Education Academy
  • Independent academics and research students

Testimonials

Many thanks for the meticulous proofing of my manuscript.

Thanks for your help, advice and friendly attitude.

Thank you Diane, you made the process as bearable as it ever can be!

Your proofreading was of high quality. It helped me to improve my English by giving sophisticated comments and advice. I really appreciated that!

Diane Bowden

Email
dianebowden1@gmail.com
Telephone
07733765275