Onscreen copy-editing and proofreading, formatting and page layout, non-native English/substantive editing, Anglicising, website editing. Making order out of chaos!
Government and consortia international development tenders, proposals and reports. Books, journals, newsletters, websites, distance-learning material. PhD theses and dissertations
Reference checking (Good Citations), consistency checking (PerfectIt3), various macros such as FREdit, online style guides and dictionaries
Qualifications and awards
BA (first class hons) Social Anthropology with Cultural Studies, Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults – TEFL
I have been a full-time freelance copy-editor/proofreader since 2008, during which time I have increased my portfolio towards the commercial sector, especially in international development. Earlier experience in many overseas countries has given me first-hand knowledge of what is entailed within the development world, which helps enormously when it comes to interpreting some of the development jargon, and reproducing it in straight-forward English. I often work with non-native English authors.
Much of my work also involves making the finished article or report print ready. This can involve a complete reformat of styles, making style templates and guides, and even training NGO or consortia staff to use them efficiently. I really enjoy the challenge of showing the author's work in as clear and consistent form as possible - with their permission of course!
Professional copy-editing (SfEP) 2012, Getting work with non-publishers (SfEP) 2012, Onscreen editing 1 & 2 (SfEP) 2011/2014, Introduction to web editorial skills (SfEP) 2011, Brush Up Your Grammar (2015)
Publishing: Bookcraft Academic (T&F, Routledge/Earthscan), Open Professional School (OPS), Newgen/Out of House (Manchester University Press, SAGE, Taylor & Francis), Scriptoria
International development: Agro Action (Germany), DEval, DfID, CTA/GDC Partners, GIZ/GTZ, IFAD, IP Consult, Itad, Landell Mills, Quality Institute (Spain), Tearfund, TheIDLgroup, Welthungerhilfe, UNDP, World Bank
Academic (universities): Brighton, Bristol, Imperial (London), Leeds, LSE, Newcastle, Seton Hall, Singapore, Sokoine (Tanzania), Sussex, Telemark (Norway), UCL, York
International development/aid: rural development, climate change and environment, international law, non-governmental organisations, fisheries, water sanitation and hygiene
For publishers: climate change, environment/energy, gender and religious issues, philosophy and ethics, social sciences, TEFL/ESL/ELT
Academic: agriculture, climate change, environment, humanities, literacy, social/cultural anthropology
e-Learning: capacity building, health and medicine, management training
I have an extensive background in overseas rural development with first-hand working experience in Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Yemen and Zambia. I specialise in tropical agricultural/environmental/international development; climate change; social science academic texts, articles and theses. Also re-formatting styles and tables, ToC, etc. if required.
"My thanks for making this a smooth and enjoyable process throughout ... I've been impressed all along by your clarity and deft touch for areas of awkwardness or indecision."
Burke Hendrix, co-editor, Colonial Exchanges, MUP 2017
"Chris Steel has worked tirelessly to copy-edit and standardise the entire book in preparation for the proofs – thanks for a great job Chris."
Graham Clarke, co-author, Retail Location Planning... T&F, 2017
"Chris is a first rate copy editor who we have used several times at Bookcraft Academic, and would not hesitate to use again."
Richenda Milton-Daws, Editor, Writer, Publishing Project Manager (was Bookcraft Academic at time of my working with Richenda)
"We have been collaborating with Chris for a number of years, and her work is consistently delivered to a high standard. We are pleased to have Chris as one of our proofreaders."
Susie Bartlett, Project Administrator, Itad, International Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists