Copy-editing General adult fiction
Proofreading Children’s fiction/picture books
On-screen editing Adult non-fiction (various subjects)
Liaising with authors Academic articles/theses/dissertations
Restructuring/rewriting Non-native English
Assessing manuscripts for publication
Proofreading.Services.Com., Luton, May 2009–present. Academic freelance proofreader.
Mercier Press, Cork, Eire. 2010–present. Freelance editor.
Private Individuals. 2009–present. Freelance editing, proofreading and literary critiques.
Phoenix Yard Books, London. 2010–present. Freelance editor.
Black & White Publishing Ltd, Edinburgh, 2009–present. Freelance editor.
Floris Books, Edinburgh, 1998–2011. Editor: full- and part-time; now freelance.
Freelance Editing Services Ltd, Tunbridge Wells. 2010. Freelance fiction editor.
Kingston University, London. September 2010. Presented seminar at Kingston University’s annual publishing conference.
Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 2009 & 2010. Freelance editor.
Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, London, 2009 & 2010. Freelance reader.
Birlinn Ltd, Edinburgh, 2009. Freelance proofreader.
Chamber of Commerce, Edinburgh (in conjunction with Publishing Scotland), November 2009. Seminar on freelancing, given to outgoing Chambers Harraps staff.
SCBWI, Edinburgh, June 2009. Presented editing workshop for their 2009 Summer Retreat.
Macmillan, Hong Kong, 1994–1995. Freelance editor and writer, English textbooks.
SEPA, Hong Kong, 1995. Freelance editor, environmental tender.
Youth Bookroom, Hong Kong. 1993–1995. Editor and writer, English textbooks.
Asia Law & Practice, Hong Kong. 1993. Freelance editor, legal and business publications.
Edited work includes 2007 & 2009 winners of the Royal Mail Awards, a shortlisted title for the same award (2008), two nominations for the Branford Boase Award 2009, and all Kelpies Prize winners 2005–2008.
Education and Qualifications
English Literature and Italian, MA (Hons), University of Edinburgh, 1991.
Brush up your Grammar, SfEP, 2006.
Copy-editing Skills, Publishing Training Centre, 1998 (self-funded).
Society and Committee memberships
Advanced Membership of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)
Publishing Scotland, Network Member