Copyediting and proofreading
The short version
Full-time freelance copyeditor and proofreader since early 2021
Over two years of experience across different editorial roles in-house
Professional Member of the CIEP
Education and courses
Introduction to Fiction Editing, CIEP (2022)
Adobe Tools for Editors, PTC (2021)
Essential Copy-Editing: Editorial Skills Two, Distinction, PTC (2021)
MA (Honours) Classics and English, First Class, University of St Andrews (2018)
The long version
Educational and professional background
I have an MA (Honours) in Classics and English, First Class, from the University of St Andrews.
In 2015 I did an editing internship in the publications department of Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. I’ve always loved art and art history, so it was a wonderful context in which to develop my editorial skills. I got to learn about the entire editorial process in practice, not just theory, and helped to proofread the exhibition catalogue Munch: Archetypes. I have also done editorial work for Fernando Villaverde Ediciones as a result of contacts I made at the museum.
After graduation I worked for Birmingham-based charity The Vegan Society as Communications Assistant. After some months I also became Assistant Editor of the charity magazine, The Vegan. I was the in-house copyeditor and proofreader for all sorts of publications, both print and digital. I wrote the style guide that the entire organisation continues to use, and I was frequently asked to review documents and provide advice on matters of style beyond grammar.
Even though I already had significant professional experience and a relevant academic background, I wanted to consolidate my knowledge and make sure that there weren’t any gaps in my editorial skills, so I got in touch with the Publishing Training Centre (PTC). The PTC offers thorough, assessed distance-learning courses with the support of a tutor who is an established editorial professional. Based on my background and experience, I was advised to jump straight into ‘Essential Copy-Editing: Editorial Skills Two’. I completed this course in 2021 with a distinction (apparently one of two people to get one since the course started!), as well as the ‘Adobe Tools for Editors’ course. In 2022 I completed the CIEP’s ‘Introduction to Fiction Editing’ course.
I am a Professional Member of the CIEP. You can find out more about what this means here.
I have now been freelancing full-time for about a year, and I would love to help you make your words the best they can be.
Over the past few years I’ve lived in Spain, Scotland and England, and I am now based in Fredrikstad, Norway, where I recently relocated after a year in rainy Bergen. When I’m not reading for work (or for fun), I like listening to music, cooking, birdwatching (not just sanderlings) and hiking.