I specialise in proofreading and copy-editing of non-fiction material, and I have the most experience working on biological and medical texts (from undergraduate-level textbooks to online commentaries by leading scientists from around the world). I also have expertise in working with authors for whom English is not a native language, and in anglicising, Americanising, and amending text to match a given style, as appropriate.
I have both in-house and freelance publishing experience, I am comprehensively trained, and I pride myself in the flexibility, diligence, tact, and support that I am able to offer my clients.
I am a native English speaker and British citizen, residing in a quiet village in north-east Bulgaria.
When I am not proofreading or copy-editing, I spend my time working on my smallholding, assisting with renovation and construction work, learning Bulgarian, and indulging in a wide variety of fibre and thread crafts.
Proofreading, copy-editing, editing non-native English, on-screen editing, on-screen proofreading, style-sheet preparation, anglicising, Americanising, website editing, copyright clearance
Books, illustrated books, journals, reports, websites, online materials, multi-author books, company literature, educational materials, scripts, newsletters, manuals, patterns (knitting/crochet)
Freelance since 2011; senior project editor, 2007, project editor, 2006-07, editorial assistant, 2005, New Science Press Ltd
Mentored proofreading (SfEP) 2017
Medical Editing (SfEP) 2016
Basic Proofreading by distance learning – distinction (PTC) 2015
Proofreading 2: Progress (SfEP) 2015
Copy-editing 1: Introduction (SfEP) 2015
Proofreading Practice (self-study exercises) by Margaret Aherne 2015
Proofreading 1: Introduction (SfEP) 2014
Brush Up Your Grammar (SfEP) 2014
Grammar at Work (PTC) 2014
Basic Editing (self-study text and exercises) by Nicola Harris 2014
- Veative (educational technology and content provider)
- Enago (scientific and academic editing services)
- The Crowood Press (publisher)
- Diligence EOOD (translator)
- 4science (educational resources agency)
- Sabine Kastner (self-publisher)
- Harry, Larry and Gary Ltd (marketing/advertising agency)
- W. Nisar (PhD student)
- Eileen Turner, West Cumbrians' Voice for Healthcare (self-publisher)
- D. Tucker (self-publisher)
- Faculty of 1000 Ltd (publisher)
Agriculture/farming (animals, crops, organic farming, smallholding)
Art (botanical, calligraphy, coloured pencil, illuminated lettering, typography, watercolour)
Biology (biochemistry, bioinformatics, botany, conservation, developmental, ecology, evolutionary, freshwater/marine, general, genetics, genomics, human, immunology, microbiology, molecular/cell, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology, plant physiology, popular, zoology)
Crafts (hand spinning and dyeing, lucet, oya, patchwork/quilting, tatting)
Crochet (broomstick, colourwork, embellishment, general, hairpin lace, Irish/Clones lace, mosaic, Romanian point lace, tapestry, Tunisian)
Earth sciences (geology, popular)
Embroidery/needlecraft/sewing (appliqué, crewel, cross stitch, blackwork, garment construction, general, handwork, hardanger, pattern drafting, sewing machine, silk, smocking, stumpwork)
Environment/energy (alternative technologies, climate change, conservation, countryside/nature, energy, general, green issues, pollution, renewable energy, science, waste management/recycling, wildlife)
Food and drink (cookery, fermentation, organic, preservation)
Gardening/horticulture (forest gardens, general, landscape design, organic, permaculture, pest and disease management, popular)
History (political, social)
Knitting (accessories, beads, cables, colourwork, double knitting, embellishment, entrelac, Fair Isle, garments, history, instructions, intarsia, lace, machine knitting, patterns, shaping, short rows, stranded, styles, techniques, traditions)
Life sciences (botany, ecology, genetics, human, microbial, molecular, popular, natural history, physiology, plant physiology, popular, zoology)
Medicine (academic/research, cancer, clinical, clinical research, diabetes, disease management, drug treatment, ethics, patient information, popular, preventive, primary care, public health, surgery)
Religious studies (Bible, Christianity, religious buildings and architecture)
Sciences (academic, popular, reference)
Social sciences/studies (cultural studies, folklore/mythology, health and social care, social/cultural anthropology)
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology, First Class Honours
As a knitting specialist, Joanna has worked on several titles for Crowood. Her extensive knowledge of the subject has proved invaluable, and her thorough and logical approach is a real asset. Joanna's competence and reliability are highly recommended.
Christine Lee, Managing Editor, The Crowood Press (publisher)
I wanted to let you know that I was impressed with your diligent proofreading and have implemented all of your annotations. You’re excellent at paying attention even to the smallest details!
Sabine Kastner (self-publisher)
Joanna proof-read a thirty-page response to a consultation on controversial changes in health services in our remote part of Cumbria in the English Lake District. The work was carried out for West Cumbrians’ Voice for Healthcare, a campaign group consisting mainly of retired medical professionals with expertise in specific areas of healthcare. Other members have expertise in medical statistics, the local voluntary sector and in stakeholder relations. The main audiences for the response were consultation analysts and NHS managers, but we also wanted it to be accessible to the non-medical reader. The proof-reading difficulty was that each section of the response was written by an expert in that area and we needed to apply a consistency of style and content. I wrote part of the document and edited the rest, but became concerned that errors had crept in and that the consistency was not as good as it could be. There were many last minute changes and additions and a tight deadline to meet. I felt I needed a professional outside eye to help.
Joanna carried out the proof-reading for us and did an excellent job. She was extremely thorough, not only in the basic proof-reading of the content, but in suggesting changes for clarity and consistency. She checked all the references, for instance pointing out where a referenced document had been replaced by another. I would certainly recommend her to anyone who needs someone to carry out a highly professional proof-reading project.
Eileen Turner, West Cumbrians' Voice for Healthcare (self-publisher)