York Editors

Editing and proofreading services


Dodi Beardshaw

Skills: editing, copy-editing, proofreading, project management

Subjects: education, especially school literacy, history, primary maths; fiction, general non-fiction and biography for all ages; arts and culture

Types of publication: textbooks, workbooks, novels, school materials, magazines

About me:  

Editing in all aspects of education publishing – especially children’s school materials – has been my career since the 1980s. Since leaving the University of York in 2017, where I worked for 12 years as Publications Manager, I have returned to freelancing and widened my field to include fiction, general non-fiction and arts and culture.

I have extensive experience, with high-level copy editing and proofreading skills. I am known for my ability to ensure that text is clear, accurate and aligns with relevant style; excellent time management and organisational skills; a keen eye for design and typography; and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. I understand the importance of teamwork, working precisely to schedule, asking the right questions and thinking ahead to the next step.

Email: dodi.beardshaw@gmail.com

Location: Beverley, East Yorkshire


Gareth Pugh

Skills: proofreading, copy editing, editing for space, copy writing in a given style.

Subjects: All subjects considered, but with particular subject knowledge in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, music, board and video games.

Types of publication: Corporate communications, e-books, magazines and newsletters, online learning materials, presentations and websites.

I also work on CVs, application and covering letters, articles, technical manuals, rules and instruction booklets, and dissertations and theses.

About me:  I am a recently qualified proofreader with the CIEP, currently working on adding a copy editing qualification to that.

I am able to draw on my experience of 20 years as a data analyst in various sectors, self-releasing various bands’ albums, and crafting information-heavy presentations and other communications.

I also play guitar in a punk band and enjoy playing board games on rainy days indoors.

Email: contact@jamesreay.com

Website: https://www.jamesreay.com

Twitter: @stereosmiles

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/gareth-pugh-4b97b5176

Location: Leeds, UK


Martin Murphy

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Skills: Proofreading, copyediting, content writing.

Subjects: Fiction, health, healthcare (NHS), history, politics, psychology, social policy, social sciences.

Types of publication: Fiction and general non-fiction books including self-published works. Academic: full-length books and healthcare reports.

About me: A professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), I provide comprehensive copyediting and proofreading services for publishers and indie authors. Although specialising in fiction, I have experience of working on a variety of projects in academic publishing and the health and social care sectors. Other examples of subjects I cover include the welfare state, forensic psychology, and race.

Website: https://www.murphyeditorial.co.uk/

Email: info@murphyeditorial.co.uk

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/murphyeditorial

Location: Beverley, East Yorkshire


Claire Gell

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Skills: Copy-editing and proofreading. I have a good eye for detail and grammar, as well as strong researching skills. I can mark up texts on-screen or on paper, using Adobe Acrobat Reader’s comment tools or with BSI symbols.

Subjects: Science and nature, popular film (specific knowledge of fantasy and musical genres, Japanese cinema / animation, and an in-depth knowledge of Walt Disney films, theme parks, and products), academic film, general history, music (music theory, film scores, pop music), equestrian topics and sports, food and baking.

Types of publication: My previous projects have mainly been large, illustrated non-fiction books. However, I would be happy to look at texts including – but not limited to – blogs, websites, publicity materials, marketing, menus, books, board games, articles, magazines.

About me: I am an Intermediate member of the CIEP (Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading) and studied BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Film Studies at university. I spent just over 4 years working at Dorling Kindersley (a non-fiction publisher in London) before going freelance.

I’m friendly and down-to-earth. I love all things Disney and enjoy sitting outside in the garden when the sun is out. In my spare time I’ll usually be catching up on all the brilliant telly that seems to be on at the moment; walking in the outdoors or watching a film with my partner; and attending our ballroom dance classes – which is not as posh as it sounds.

Email: cg.clairegell@gmail.com

Website: http://www.clairegell.co.uk

Twitter: @ThatTallLass

Location: Selby, North Yorkshire


Helen Birkbeck

Skills: copy-editing, proofreading, translation

Subjects: business/commerce, religion/theology, languages/ESOL, social sciences

Types of publication: books, theses, reports, journals, exam papers, website copy

About me: freelance for 15 years, I work mostly on screen but also proofread on paper. As well as my ‘specialist areas’ I will tackle most general subjects.

Email: editing@birkbecks.net

Website: http://www.hb-editorial.co.uk

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/helenbirkbeckeditorial

Location: Thirsk


Rachel Blaylock

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Skills: Proofreading, copy-editing, desk research, language editing, audio transcribing.
Editing both on paper – standard BSI proofreading symbols, and digital – Word/Pages using Track Changes or PDFs using stamps or comments.

Subjects: All subjects welcome, while areas of particular interest include education, religion/theology, food, arts and music.

Types of publication:  Magazines, apps, websites, corporate communications, brochures, business documents including annual reports, college prospectuses, student dissertations, medical papers and patient information sheets, non-fiction book projects, website content.

About me:

I have experience in both print and digital products, have worked for large corporate organisations (including plcs) as well as small businesses and publishers in the media, advertising and marketing sectors. I also am happy to take on student dissertations for which I offer a discounted rate.

I can use traditional BSI marks on both paper and pdf as well as Track Changes and am always keen to learn anything new.

Previous clients include: Hodder & Stoughton, Immediate Media Co, Future plc, Spitalfields Life publishing, Hashtag Press.

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Email: rachelmblaylock@yahoo.co.uk

Twitter@ProofingRach

LinkedIn: Rachel Blaylock

Location: Harrogate, North Yorks

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Nadine Tilbury

Skills: copy-editing, proofreading, language editing

Subjects: law, policy, education, ELT, disability studies, social care, public sector

Types of publication: corporate communications, dissertations and theses, presentations, reports, grant proposal narratives, case studies, conference papers, training materials, consultation documents, e-learning materials, policies and strategies, operational guidance, journal articles, book chapters, magazines, newsletters, brochures and leaflets

About me:  I have extensive experience (20+ years) of writing, editing and proofreading legal documents, reports, articles, book chapters and training materials; public sector policies and operational guidance (in particular, criminal and family justice, education, social care and disability); and English language training materials.

I am a qualified Solicitor, CELTA and PTLLS trainer. I am an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.

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Email: nadine.tilbury@sky.com

Location: York


Eva Fairnell

Eva Fairnell

Skills: research, writing, editing, copy-editing, language editing, proofreading, project management

Subjects: general science, biology, environmental biology, archaeology, zooarchaeology

Types of publication: textbooks, monographs, multi-authored volumes, journal articles

About me:  I am a scientific, technical and medical (STM) copy-editor, specialising in academic and educational publications, and journal production. I was originally trained in-house at Blackwell Scientific Publications in the 1980s, and have been self-employed for more than 20 years. I am also a freelance zooarchaeologist with experience as a curator and researcher. 

Email: editorial@fairnell.co.uk

Website: http://www.fairnell.co.uk/

Location: York


Carol Downes

Carol Downes

Skills: copy-editing, proofreading

Subjects: education (ELT) and training materials in print, online resources and interactive formats

Types of publication: student’s books, teacher’s books, workbooks, online resource centres (student’s and teacher’s) presentation kits, CD-ROMs, audio, corporate communications; publicity material, newsletters

About me: I am a highly motivated professional with excellent organisational skills and my business background has provided me with distinctive competences. I thrive on forging collaborative relationships with clients to consistently achieve high-quality results.

I am constructive, flexible in my approach, raising queries only where necessary. I understand design conventions and work effectively within deadlines.

I am a considerate and supportive team player and the core values that guide my work are respect, honesty and commitment.

I have a passion for semantics and enjoy working on diverse projects and I am happy to undertake work on any material.

Email: caroldownes@btinternet.com

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/caroldownes

Location: York


Sharon Telfer

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Skills: writing, rewriting, development editing, copy-editing, language editing

Subjects: arts and heritage / biography and life writing / charities and not-for-profit / health, healthcare / history/ literature / social policy, social sciences, politics

Types of publication: corporate communications / elearning, interactives, online learning materials / magazines and newsletters / presentations / research / websites

About me:  I’m an award-winning writer and editor with over 25 years’ experience.

I specialise in writing, rewriting and editing that puts complex information into clear, concise English, whatever the subject. But I have worked extensively with charities and researchers on social issues, including: poverty, housing, ageing, disability, inequality, health policy and arts for social good.

I’ve worked in corporate, educational and academic publishing and for the Department of Health. For many years, I ran the publishing programme at York’s Joseph Rowntree Foundation. I’ve been freelance since 2011.

I’m committed to clear communications, whatever the project – and I’ve never missed a deadline.

Emailsharontelfer@swisinfo.co.uk

Website: coming soon…

Twitter: @sharontelfer

LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/sharontelfer

Location: York/East Riding of Yorkshire


Jenny Gwynne

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Skills: copy-editing, proofreading, project management

Subjects: education, especially French, German, Italian, English

Types of publication: textbooks, workbooks, audio, multi-component courses; university and business prospectuses, reports and brochures of all kinds

About me:  I have over 25 years’ experience of freelance editorial work. My initial training came from working for two London language-learning specialist publishers: BBC Languages and Mary Glasgow Publications. Since going freelance in 1993, I’ve worked continuously on MFL projects for major UK educational publishers such as CUP, HarperCollins, Hodder, OUP and Pearson. To give examples, I work on first draft manuscripts discussing the content with authors at the development edit stage; I work with the production team to copyedit the material and assess images, audio scripts and teacher’s notes; and I proofread at all stages through to publication.

I also work on a wide range of non-fiction publications, offering reliable and thorough editorial services, completing projects on time and on budget. I currently manage a small team of freelancers providing proofreading services to a health and social care consultancy. I regularly edit the annual report, prospectuses and brochures for the University of York, and proofread research group reports. I create and edit programmes and posters for York Musical Society concerts in York Minster.

I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.

Email: jenny.gwynne@ntlworld.com

Websitehttp://www.jennygwynneeditor.wordpress.com

Twitter: @JennyGwynneEdit

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/pub/jenny-gwynne/9/80/4b0

Location: York (central / Clifton)


Sarah Wright

Skills: Proofreading, copy-editing, language editing, translation of text German to English.

Subjects: MFL German, business, accounting, politics, music, philosophy, theology, health and social care, history, travel guides, fiction.

Types of publication: Books, reports, policies, newsletters, marketing copy.

About me:  Having previously worked in local government finance and dental practice management I now channel my love of language and the written word into freelance editorial services. A professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, I am committed to providing a professional service within deadlines and budgets. I work on-screen or with hard copy and love tackling new topics.

The bulk of my work has been on a variety of educational resources, mostly in MFL German, Accounting and Business Studies, for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Pearson, Hodder (via Hart McLeod Ltd), and Palgrave (via Integra), as well as reports for the OECD (SIGMA) and IFRS Foundation. I have also enjoyed working on travel guides, self-published fiction and self-published books on early music and management, along with language revision work for a non-native English-speaking history academic whose book was subsequently published by Manchester University Press.

Email: sarah@wrightproof.co.uk

Website: www.wrightproof.co.uk

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-wright-995b01107

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire