Joanna Chisholm

Using her extensive expertise and experience, Joanna Chisholm (now trading under the name of Wordsense Ltd) will ensure that all forms of written communication, both on paper and on the web, are user friendly. She will: check text for grammatical errors or inconsistencies; edit on-screen; proofread web content; and create page layouts. She is also equally comfortable handling any or all editorial, design and typesetting tasks involved in producing an illustrated or unillustrated book, magazine or brochure, from delivery by an author through to PDFs.

Joanna is an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and gained a City & Guilds Licentiateship Award in Editorial Skills in 2008. Her recent clients include Dorling Kindersley, Frances Lincoln, Christian Education, Dunedin Academic Press and Octopus Publishing Group.

Gill Cloke

Gill (MA Hons, MPhil) has 14 years’ in-house and freelance publishing experience, and offers the complete range of publishing services – trouble-shooting a speciality! Project managing, writing and re-writing, research, editing and proofreading (on-screen and hard copy), reference checking, permissions, consultancy. She will take on most subjects, but has specialist knowledge in education, history, music, classics  and religion; experienced also in medicine, architecture, literature, social sciences; competent in classical languages, experienced in medical, classical, legal and ecclesiastical Latin. Gill’s professional appointments include Publishing Consultant for the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), Development Editor for Elsevier Health Sciences, Publications Manager for the Church of Scotland’s Board of Parish Education. Her freelance clients include Cambridge University Press, Birlinn, Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Rutland Press.

Katharine Coulton

I'm the owner of The Absolute Word, an Edinburgh-based copywriting, proofreading and English tuition service. 

Having gained my undergraduate degree in English Studies at Stirling and a PGCE in Secondary English from Oxford Brookes, then taught for eight years as Assistant Head of Department, I am now on sabbatical studying a Master's in Comparative Literature at Glasgow. Consequently, The Absolute Word specialises in proofreading student essays and dissertations, as well as providing guidance and tuition to students of all ages and abilities, in your home or via Skype sessions. We also offer corporate copywriting and editing, interview training, job application and CV assistance, workshops for schools, refresher courses for businesses, and public speaking coaching.

Belinda Cunnison

I have been copy-editing on a freelance basis since 2002. During this time I have worked in social sciences and humanities – mostly politics, economic theory/analysis, environmental studies and current affairs – and frequently with writers working in English as a second language.

I can help to make writing both more accurate and more accessible to its readers and to communicate with writers throughout the process, using track changes and encouraging dialogue. I work on dissertations to improve the readability and consistency of the work, without interfering with content.

My publisher clients include Edinburgh University Press, the European Consortium for Political Research, Oxford University Press, and various book packagers for Routledge, and I have also edited human rights reports for the European Commission for Human Rights (Glasgow). I am a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Angela Gardner

Angela Gardner is a freelance copywriter, editor and proofreader. She established the Edinburgh-based public affairs consultancy AJ Enterprises in 1994 following 10 years working for BP, first as research technologist then as senior public affairs officer.

Angela works with words to create products that are clear, accurate, well-structured and effective. She has experience of many different formats, styles and requirements, with particular expertise in education, business, science and technology. Clients include publishers, public bodies, businesses and universities. Macmillan Education recently described her as ‘a very sharp editor, and a pleasure to work with’.

Angela achieved Distinction in the industry-recognised Publishing Training Centre Basic Proofreading course, and has a BSc (Hons) in Polymer Science & Technology (Chemistry) from the University of Manchester. She is a Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Alison Platts

Alison Platts is a freelance proofreader and editor. Services offered range from a straightforward proofread through to redrafting material to a set brief for a specific audience, with a focus on the corporate, government and academic sectors. Alison will apply her skills to any area but has particular knowledge of the fields of social sciences, social policy, social research, government and governance – reflecting her background as a social researcher – and offers additional expertise in the areas of justice, health and social care, and demography.

Alison provides a high quality service, and brings professionalism, integrity and attention to detail to all her work. Qualifications and training include MA (Hons) Social Policy and Publishing Training Centre Basic Proofreading (Merit) and Copy-editing (Merit). Alison is a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Liz Hunter

Liz Hunter (Humbie Editorial) specialises in theses and academic books in the social sciences, arts and humanities. She also provides copywriting and editing services to businesses, drawing on her considerable experience of the public sector at senior level, for example as Director of Schools in the Scottish Government and a member of the Organising Committee for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 
Liz is a Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. She trained through the Society's courses in proofreading, copy-editing and on-screen editing, and achieved a Merit in the Publishing Training Centre's course in proofreading.

Andrew Sich

I have many years' experience as a copy-editor and proofreader and can usually suggest improvements to a text that will make it more accessible to the reader. I have worked as a freelance editor/proofreader for a number of publishers, including Penguin, Allen Lane, and Weidenfeld & Nicolson. I have edited scientific, technical and social studies journals at Academic Press and educational texts at Edward Arnold. I also held editorial positions at Hobson's Press, Newpoint Publishing Group, and at the City and Guilds of London Institute.

If you have a manuscript that you need to have edited or a text that needs proofreading contact me.