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I started my proofreading business in 2009 and since then have had extensive experience in proofreading and copy-editing academic books, chapters for books, journal articles, doctoral theses and master's dissertations, reports and conference papers. I also work on general non-fiction texts for clients such as businesses and translators. Please visit this page of my website for a brief explanation of the services I offer.
Most of my work is for clients whose second language is English, so I'm very familiar with the kind of work their texts need.
My clients have included academics, researchers in the UK, Europe and further afield, research institutes in Europe, businesses, not-for-profit organisations, publishers and individual authors.
I'm committed to engaging with colleagues and to ongoing professional development and have co-run the South Warwickshire/Coventry local group of the SfEP since the summer of 2015.
Proofreading, copy-editing, proof-editing, editing non-native English and anglicising.
I have been freelance since 2009.
Academic work has included proofreading and/or copy-editing PhD theses, master's dissertations, journal articles, books, including multi-author books, chapters for books, reports, conference papers and grant applications.
General non-fiction work has included books for publishers, books for businesses and individual authors, reports for not-for-profit organisations and businesses and TV series pitches for a TV production company.
I have also proofread fiction booklets for children and a storybook for children.
I have mainly worked for individual academics, researchers and postgraduate students, but I have also worked for research institutes, government-funded bodies, businesses, publishers, translators and not-for-profit organisations. Books or book chapters that I have proofread have subsequently been published by publishers such as Pickering and Chatto, Ashgate, Cambridge University Press and the European Commission, and clients’ journal articles have been published in international peer-reviewed journals owned by publishers such as Springer, CUP, Oxford University Press, SAGE, Elsevier and Wiley.
Publisher clients have included Zed Books, The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, and the Oxford Internet Institute.
I work in Word or on PDFs, and the types of documents I can work on include the following: journal articles, theses and dissertations, non-fiction books and book chapters, multi-author books, reports, conference papers, project proposals and grant applications.
I have worked on a wide variety of subject areas and specialise in humanities (e.g. English literature, history, philosophy, public health, public health ethics), social sciences (e.g. ethnology, gender studies, political science, social anthropology, social geography, sociology) and law (general, civil litigation). However, I've proofread many other subject areas, such as architecture, artificial intelligence, business and marketing, digital news and ecommerce, disaster risk management, education, health and rehabilitation, music technology, nursing and physiotherapy, so I would probably be able to help you even if your subject area isn't in this list. If you get in touch I can let you know if I can help you.
The subject areas of PhD theses I have worked on have included philosophy, public health ethics, theology, history, English literature, tourism, sociology, business, design history and theory, linguistics, physiotherapy, creative writing and music technology.
Qualifications and awards
BA (Hons) English Literature and History (University of Kent)
CPE (Common Professional Examination – law conversion course for non-law graduates; Chester College of Law)
Law Society Final Exam (qualification required prior to training as a solicitor; Chester College of Law)
Diploma in Personal Injury Litigation (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Publishing Training Centre
Basic proofreading by distance learning – merit 2009
Society for Editors and Proofreaders
Attended the following workships/talks at the SfEP conference 2017: Pricing projects; Getting the most out of PerfectIt; Changing skills in publishing.
Attended the following workshops/talks at the SfEP conference 2016: Introduction to copy-editing and proofreading legal texts; Editing fiction; Editing business text: an in-house editor’s perspective.
Macro training day (Paul Beverley, Advanced Professional Member, SfEP) 2014
Introduction to copy-editing (one-day course) 2012
Brush up your grammar (online course, SfEP) 2014
Basic editing: A practical course by Nicola Harris 2012-2013
Bev did an amazing job on my book manuscript on a very tight timeline. She's fast, thorough and knows both UK and American publishers' requirements cold. She spotted things not even my editor or press copy-editor found. I was able to turn in extremely clean copy and get my book into a spring printing.
Dr Deirdre McKay, Keele University, UK
Beverley is a delight to work with: quick, thorough, and dependable. I have no hesitation in recommending her for proofreading.
Daniele Och, Production Director, Zed Books
Bev has an exemplary attention to detail, and her work is of the highest quality. Bev is a true professional and I continue to recommend her to colleagues and students without hesitation.
Dr Ilia Xypolia, Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Aberdeen, UK
Bev Sykes is a fast and incredibly proficient proofreader. I was working with a tight deadline and Bev was a dream come true – her quick work allowed me to hand in my thesis corrections early and they were accepted soon after. I am very grateful to have worked with Bev and would highly recommend her to anyone needing a proofreader.
Elizabeth Savage, MA, PhD (Dunelm), International Communications Representative
I worked with Beverley on the translation into English of a French-language magazine on Brussels luxury stores. It was rather urgent when I contacted her, and she stepped into it very professionally. She always met with the deadlines and her suggestions for improvement were spot-on. She also motivated the changes she proposed very clearly in her notes. A pleasure to work with.
Kristof Dams, Belgium
Beverley provides excellent, thorough proofreading. She is quick and reliable, but also takes time to educate the author on specific points for improvement in terms of style and grammar. Accordingly, she enhances not only the quality of the text, but also the author’s writing skills.
Virgil Rerimassie, Researcher, Rathenau Instituut, The Netherlands