Dianne Battersby (Editing Eye)

Professional Member
Location NORTH YORKSHIRE, UK
Website www.editingeye.co.uk
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LinkedIn Dianne Battersby
Telephone number 07534 596452

Skills

  • Proofreading
  • Editing non-native English
  • Plain/clear English
  • French to English translation
  • Copy-editing
  • Dissertation formatting
  • Excellent grammar knowledge
  • Knowledge of reference systems
  • Style sheets
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe PDF reading
  • Microsoft Word (Track Changes) 
  • Captioning

Media

  • Magazines
  • Theses, dissertations and essays
  • Newspaper articles
  • Journal articles
  • Online material
  • Non-fiction
  • Sales copy
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Blogs
  • Reports

Experience

Freelance since 2016

Specialises in proofreading magazines with varied content. A wide general knowledge and interest in varied subjects help to prevent errors from being published.

Academic proofreading of dissertations and essays for native and non-native English language students, working to ethical guidelines.

Knowledge of several referencing styles and familiar with style sheets.

French speaker with some experience of other European languages, including Russian and Italian.

Proofreader/page reader, Yell, 2004 to 2018 

Acted as a key proofreader as well as adviser to line managers for the magazine editorial of a pilot project that started in Yorkshire (3 magazines) and was eventually rolled out to 9 areas (27 magazines) throughout the UK. 

Several quality-checking roles that entailed monitoring the work of other onshore and offshore proofreaders before publication, with feedback provided to offshore proofreaders regarding use of the English language.

Page reader for Yellow Pages in the Pagination team.  

Recent training

Introduction to Fiction Editing (SfEP) 2019, Theses and Dissertations (SfEP) 2018, Adobe Tools for Editors (PTC) 2018, Editing and Proofreading (Proofreading Academy) 2018, Copy-editing (Merit – PTC) 2016, Proofreading Mentoring Scheme (SfEP) 2013, Brush Up Your Grammar (SfEP) 2012, Proofreading (Merit – PTC) 2011

Recent clients

Yell, Proofreading International, Country Publications Ltd (Dalesman and Down Your Way), Moorsbus, The Proofreading Company, Andrew Creelman, Ryedale Print Group, Digital Radish, Prohibition Partners  

Subjects

Current Affairs, Government and Politics, HR Management, Business, Marketing, Advertising, Travel and Tourism (UK and International), France, Europe, History (Local/UK), Education, Diet and Nutrition, Vegetarianism, Walking/Rambling/Countryside, Popular Culture

Qualifications and awards

BA (Hons) French and Russian (Political and Economic Studies)

Testimonials

Dianne is absolutely one of the best proofreaders I have worked with. Her attention to detail is extraordinary and you can bet that once she has cast her eye over a piece of work it will be clean and typo-free. She has a fantastic command of English and will be an asset to anyone who employs her. She is a total professional who can work to extremely tight deadlines. She is a pleasure to work with.

Tim Bowdler

Editorial Director at Newspress

(National centralised publications manager - hibu)

Dianne is a first-class proofreader who played a key part in the excellence of Matters magazines at hibu. Her meticulous proofreading skills and attention to detail proved invaluable and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Dianne for any editorial project. 

Simon Wigmore

Editor, writer and digital journalist

(Senior regional publication manager – hibu magazines)

Dianne proofed hibu's 27 community magazines of which I was National Copy Editing Manager. Dianne's attention to detail was unbelievable - unlike anything I have encountered before in more than 20 years working in newspapers and magazines - and her ability to spot errors of spelling, punctuation, style and grammar first rate.

I cannot recommend Dianne highly enough ... if I ever get around to writing my memoirs she will be the first person I contact to give them the once over. 

Mark Armitage

(National copy-editing manager - hibu)

Dianne Battersby has assisted Friends of Moorsbus on several occasions in the last couple of years with proof reading. We are volunteers who produce information about bus services on leaflets that are very widely distributed in the North Yorkshire and Cleveland areas. It is important that any text errors are corrected before we go to print, and we are most grateful for the help that Dianne has given us.

Helen Gundry

Moorsbus CIC

& Friends of Moorsbus