I provide friendly, careful copyediting and proofreading services to writers, publishers and organisations, following the brief I am given. I am happy to work on nonfiction books and other publications for adults and children, including magazines, business/corporate documents, websites, academic and student papers, and work by independent authors. I also offer fact checking, research and writing services related to my specialist knowledge areas.
My specialisms are wildlife, natural history, ecology, conservation biology, habitats and species conservation, countryside management, environment and related subjects. My specialist knowledge allows me to work quickly and efficiently and has contributed to the accuracy of content of the books I have worked on. Travel and sport are also knowledge areas for me. I enjoy the variety of working on a range of topics, so I am happy to work with your specialist subject too.
A small selection of the publications I am delighted to have worked on.
Proofreading, copyediting, non-native English, writing, re-writing, research/fact checking
Nonfiction books, academic books, illustrated books, travel guides, company literature, websites/blogs, interpretative materials, educational materials, brochures and marketing, theses and dissertations
Freelance since 2016; Biodiversity Officer/ Dartmoor Mires Project Manager, Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2002–2015; Woodlands Officer, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, 1996–2002; Scottish Wildlife Trust, 1991–1996
- Copy-editing Headway (SfEP) 2018
- Proofreading Mentoring (SfEP) 2018
- Proofreading Progress (SfEP) 2017
- Practical Mark-up of PDFs (SfEP) 2017
- Basic Proofreading (Publishing Training Centre) 2016
- HarperCollins (Collins Learning)
- Princeton University Press
- Cambridge University Press
- Taylor & Francis
- Pitch Publishing
- Bradt Travel Guides
- National Trust
- Plymouth University
- Leeds University
- Moors for the Future Partnership
- Independent authors
- Academics and students
Natural history, wildlife, ecology, biodiversity, conservation biology, species and habitat conservation, countryside management, environment, travel, trekking, sport
BSc (Hons) Biological Science
You’ve done a fantastic job working on these spreads, Frances. I’m really happy with the work you have carried out and you deserve a huge pat on the back. It can sometimes be a bit tricky when working with new freelancers but this has been a breeze! I’ll be sure to keep you in mind for future projects.
Managing Editor, Collins Learning (HarperCollins)
Frances worked as a proofreader on the copy for our new website. At the outset I asked her if she was willing to do more than proofreading and she was happy to help with editing and fact checking. She worked very professionally and I was impressed by her attention to detail. As well as providing an excellent proofreading service she made sense of some of our text which was overcomplicated. I received high quality work from her and I was able to rely on her to send me work that was ready to upload. Frances was easy to work with, sending regular updates and meeting all deadlines. She exhibited a real interest and knowledge in our work and was a pleasure to work with.
Jody Vallance, Communications Officer, Moors for the Future Partnership
Frances has great attention to detail. She delivered the project before the deadline. Highly recommended.
Project Manager, National Trust
I am hugely satisfied with your work on my document – thanks for this again.
I really love your way of proofreading – I always find it helpful.
Jeongeun Park , PhD student, Bristol University
It [is] good to have your eagle eye on the job … your excellent work.
Senior Production Editor, Princeton University Press
The edit was excellent … Your queries throughout the process were very sensible.
Editor, Taylor & Francis