As an English Literature and Philosophy graduate from the University of Birmingham (UK), books are my passion. Books are unique in their ability to change the world, even long after their author has gone. As a result, I became a freelance book editor and proofreader, utilising my skills and knowledge to help authors deliver books that are worth reading.
With over 10 years of experience, I’ve worked as a freelancer and in-house for the UK’s leading global ICT publisher (Packt Publishing), proofreading over 400 books on a range of ICT & Tech subjects—often written by non-native speakers. I also copyedited over 20 Manager’s Guides to business topics for Impackt Publishing. As a freelancer, I have content edited and proofread over 50 books in the genres of Self-Improvement, Business Development, ICT, Entrepreneurship, Philosophy, and more. I’ve worked with first-time self-publishing authors to New York Times bestsellers. You can see a selection of the books I’ve edited in the sidebar.
With so many editors out there, the question is always, why choose me? Aside from my substantial knowledge of the English language and my experience in the publishing industry, I’m a conscientious individual who believes that we should all strive to make the world a better place for others, whether that is through writing a book or in other ways. I travelled the world for a year, exploring different cultures and working from beaches to forests, and my experience and philosophical training translates to deep, critical thinking.
So if you choose me as your editor, what you’ll get is a constructive and challenging critique of your book, honest feedback on the quality of your book, and comprehensive, practical guidance and suggestions on how to improve it.
What’s more, through the editing process, I will ensure your book is clear, well-structured, compelling, and informative. I offer all stages of the editorial process, from editorial assessment (critique) to structural/content editing, copyediting, and proofreading. At the end of the editorial process, you’ll have a book that’s not just publishable – but worth publishing.
So if you’ve written a book and want to get published, please get in touch. Whether you’re a non-native speaker or a first-time author, are self-publishing or seeking a traditional publisher, together we’ll ensure that your book is the best it can possibly be.
If you’re not sure whether to hire me, this is what my clients say…
For me, being a book editor is something inherent. I was a bookworm as child, reading Lord of the Rings at 8 years old, and spending more time with my head in a book than playing outside with the other kids. At college, I corrected and proofread my friend’s essays—with a natural eye for errors wherever I went.
At university, I studied English Literature and Philosophy, where my favourite place was the old red brick library, nestled among dusty books. More than just learning what made a great book, I developed an inquisitive and curious mind, always thinking and questioning what I saw.
After graduating, I knew I wanted to work for a publisher, but I quickly discovered that my hometown of Birmingham was basically a black hole for the creative industry. So I applied for any old admin job to gain “transferrable skills” and delivered post across the cobbles at my local fire service’s headquarters. I quickly gained a few promotions and ended up in HR, doing everything from writing contracts and editing policies to hiring staff and organising staff rotas.
Despite the comfortable job, I knew I wanted to edit books, so I set up a freelance business in my spare time doing small proofreading jobs through a freelancing site. After a long day in the office, I’d go home and proofread in the evening. Then a friend (whose essays I used to proofread) recommended me to her friend who was writing a chapter of a book and needed a proofreader. He was happy with my work and recommended to the book’s main author.
The big break
Suddenly I was editing my first book, and it was a mammoth job—ensuring that the book’s 12 different authors (a group of medical students) sounded consistent, meeting the publisher’s complex style guide, and seeking reviewers. The book was a great success, so much so that I recently edited the second edition.
A few books later, I found a full-time proofreader job for a small, niche book publisher in Birmingham. The trouble was, it was a graduate job paying £10k less than I was earning at the time, and I had graduated 5 years previous. I expected that they’d want fresh graduates, but they seemed to appreciate my workplace experience, so I took the pay hit and made the move to publishing.
It was my dream job—50% proofreading books and 50% helping the non-native editors to improve their English skills. It was so rewarding watching them improve and gain promotions, and have them thank me for my help on their career path. Not to mention, the publishing industry was exciting to work in—I proofread around 400 books in two years, in a fast-paced environment where book chatter was constant and my colleagues were fellow bookworms.
A bigger break
It might come as a surprise then that after two years, I quit my dream job! But it was for a good reason. I quit to travel the world for a year with my husband. With just 20 items of clothing and my laptop in a 30L rucksack, I worked on the road—in the campervan, on beaches, beside swimming pools, in bars, and in laundromats. Mostly in Starbucks, due to their unlimited WiFi, free refills, and abundant plug sockets. We travelled across nine countries, seeing incredible sights every day—from Vanuatu to Japan. I could bore you with travel stories for days, but I won’t!
We returned to the UK a year later, where we discovered that recession was ongoing and neither of our previous employers could afford to rehire us. My husband decided to retrain, and I continued freelancing while looking for jobs. I was offered a full-time job as a proofreader for a marketing agency, but instead of feeling like an opportunity, it felt like I was missing out on something bigger. I talked to loved ones, expecting them to encourage me to take the job, but to my surprise, they all agreed that I should continue freelancing. One of my friends said “If you don’t have to work for the man, then don’t.”
So I took a risk and became a full-time freelancer. The first six months were a struggle, with an unreliable income, irregular work, and the boredom of not seeing the world everyday. But after the initial hard slog, I found regular clients, was fully booked with new projects, and came to love my homeworking environment – with my cat asleep on my lap as I worked. I’m my own boss, managing my own time and deciding which projects to work on. I wouldn’t change it for the world.