Margaret Hunter

Advanced Professional Member
Location Margaret Hunter, Ballaleigh Cottage, Ballaleigh Road, Kirk Michael IM6 1HJ, ISLE OF MAN
Telephone 01624 877919
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Web daisyeditorial.co.uk
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About

I work with publishers on general non-fiction books, school textbooks and education materials. For independent authors and self-publishers I can provide a package service from editing and proofreading to interior page design and layout for publication in print (POD) or ebook.

I enjoy working with businesses, organisations and individuals on getting your message across, whether on your website, in your newsletter, annual report, marketing materials or in-house guides and manuals. As well as general editing and proofreading, I offer Word formatting and templates, page design and layout and can advise on the structure and content of web pages.

I am an experienced user of Microsoft Word, including Track Changes, Word styles and templates, macros and consistency checkers such as PerfectIt (and other Office apps such as PowerPoint and Excel). I use Adobe Acrobat or Reader for PDF proofreading and InDesign for book layout. I can also work in digital platforms such as WordPress and Joomla!, and will happily put my mind to learning your own CMS if required.

I am currently the SfEP's marketing and PR director.

Skills

  • On-screen editing and proofreading
  • Paper copy-editing and proofreading
  • Page layout, styling and formatting
  • Rewriting/editing, including for ESL (English as a second language) authors
  • Website and online content editing
  • Ebook creation and formatting

Media

non-fiction books, educational textbooks and materials, company literature and promotional material, newsletters, websites, digital content, information leaflets, government reports, ebooks

Subjects

memoirs, self-help, local history, education, exam preparation and revision, business skills, office practice and skills, computer use, voluntary sector, charities and NGOs, wildlife conservation, sewing, crafts

I have worked on numerous school books, including copy-editing and/or proofreading of Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Principles of Business and social studies course books for Macmillan Caribbean, and International Baccalaureate guides and information.

Clients

Examples of clients I have worked for:

  • Businesses and independent authors
  • RISJ (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford)
  • CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity)
  • Just Content (educational publishing project manager)
  • Universities and research bodies (UCL, King's College London)
  • TSO (The Stationery Office)
  • NGOs (Natural History Museum, Unicef, Manx Ornithological Society)
  • Isle of Man Government
  • Design and media agencies
  • Macmillan Caribbean
  • Handspring Publishing

Training

  • LLB Law (Scots), DipLP Diploma in Legal Practice
  • MPhil Child Studies
  • Basic editing (Publishing Training Centre)
  • Basic proofreading (PTC), with distinction
  • SfEP courses: Web editing and proofreading, On-screen editing 1 and 2, Brush up your grammar, Introduction to proofreading, Introduction to fiction editing, Practical mark-up of PDFs
  • Joomla! essential training (Lynda.com)
  • InDesign CC: Epub Fundamentals (Lynda.com)

Experience

I have been a freelance editor and proofreader since 2003. Before that I worked in information and publications roles in the voluntary sector, after a brief spell as a solicitor.

  • Information officer, Federation of Community Work Training Groups
  • Information worker, National Tenants' Resource Centre
  • Information and resources worker, Save the Children

Testimonials

Thank you very much for the edited article. It is beautifully edited. I like that you have kept the neutral tone …

Alexander Filmer-Lorch, Inside Meditation

I think you really got a great handle on the right tone for the magazine with the last two pieces you worked on – the edited versions read really well, so you're definitely "in the zone" very quickly with Second Nature, which is great news for us!

Louise Kittle, Natural History Museum

What a conscientious job you've made of the editing! Thank you … I'll look over your suggestions during the next couple of days; on the face of it they all seem eminently sensible to me.

John Berryman, Macmillan author

Thank you very much for returning the proofs, they arrived this morning. You have done a Herculean amount of moving around. It all looks clear enough to me …

Louisa Browne, Macmillan Caribbean