York Editors

Editing and proofreading services


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


Hilary Marsden

Skills: editorial project management, editing (hard copy and electronic mark-up), proofreading, information compilation

Subjects: general non-fiction, ELT educational resources, directories/reference, diary/calendar information

Types of publication: general non-fiction books, online learning materials, directories, diaries

About me:  After 18 years of working inhouse for reference publishers in London, including over a decade as Editor of Whitaker’s Almanack, I turned freelance in 1999. I have a broad background in non-fiction publishing, and specialise in managing projects requiring a range of publishing skills and/or co-ordination of multi-author input.

Roles include:

  • managing the pre-press stages of print and digital content
  • editing non-fiction for print and digital media
  • editing educational material (including ELT workbooks, dictionaries etc. with interactive content) for digital media
  • tagging the content and testing the functionality of e-learning products
  • researching and updating material for reference titles
  • compiling and proofreading calendar and directory information for diaries.

Regular clients include publishers such as Bloomsbury, Chambers, Hodder & Stoughton and Longman/Pearson Education, and non-publishers such as Smythson.

I am also involved in small local projects, such as compiling a monthly village magazine and concert programmes for a local choral society, and proofreading business literature for small companies.

I am a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), meaning that I have demonstrated a high level of competence and experience in editing and proofreading, and I have attended a number of the CIEP’s professional development courses since becoming freelance.

Email: hilary@marsden24.plus.com

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/hilary-marsden/44/a51/2a3

Location: between Leeds and Wetherby


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