Julia Sandford-Cooke

Advanced Professional Member
Location WordFire Communications, Fakenham, Norfolk
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Website www.wordfire.co.uk
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  • Editorial: copy-editing, development editing, hard-copy proofreading, non-native English editing, on-screen editing, on-screen proofreading, PDF mark-up, plain English editing, compiling style guides, substantive editing
  • Management and specialist: briefing, consultancy, clearing copyright, matching content to qualification specifications, managing photo shoots, identifying plagiarism, project management, quality assurance, research
  • Online/digital: content testing, search engine optimisation (SEO), web content auditing, web content strategy, web content writing and editing
  • Writing: copywriting, repurposing, rewriting, technical writing, matching tone of voice


  • Non-fiction material: case studies, course materials, directories, distance-learning materials, educational materials, forms, handbooks, illustrated books, multi-author books, multiple-choice test questions, qualification specifications, teaching materials, technical reports, test and exam papers, textbooks, travel guides
  • Corporate communications: annual reports, articles, bid and tender documents, business reports, corporate publications, government reports, manuals, marketing materials, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, press releases, questionnaires and surveys, white papers
  • Online/digital: blog posts, CD-ROMs/DVDs, e-books, e-newsletters, podcasts, social media, web content, websites


Freelance since 2011

In-house employment: Publishing and creative services manager, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), 2004–11; senior editor, Harcourt Education (now Pearson), 2002–04; editor, AA Publishing, 2000–02; editing assistant, Endat Group (now ESI Ltd), 1998–2000

Professional development

  • SfEP conferences 2011, 2013 (session leader), 2014 (session leader), 2015 (lightning talk), 2016 (session leader)
  • Fiction professional editing day (SfEP) 2016
  • Regular attendance of SfEP's Norfolk local group meetings
  • Professional Copywriters’ Network conferences 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Efficient copy-editing (SfEP) 2013 and 2017
  • Getting work with non-publishers (SfEP) 2013
  • Brush up your proofreading (SfEP) 2010
  • Brush up your copy-editing (SfEP) 2010


Publishing/editorial clients include:

  • AA Publishing: copy-editing and proofreading travel guides
  • Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA): editing membership handbook
  • Balberry Publishing: copy-editing TEFL guides
  • Construction Industry Training Board (CITB): copy-editing and proofreading health and safety manuals; copy-editing and co-ordinating Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 industry guidance
  • ConstructionSkills (awarding body): copy-editing assessment material
  • Gateway Qualifications (awardng body): editing and proofreading promotional material
  • Hodder Education: project managing and development editing textbooks for new Cambridge technicals qualifications
  • Nelson Thornes: project managing and development editing textbooks for new qualifications
  • OCR (awarding body): proofreading and copy-editing student guides; compiling in-house style guide; compiling in-house copyright guidance
  • Out of House Publishing: copy-editing teacher’s guides; copy-editing and development editing BTEC Revise student guides and workbooks (Science and Health and social care)
  • Oxford University Press: writing and development editing textbooks and e-books for new qualifications
  • Pearson: writing core unit and development editing BTEC Revise Creative Media Production student guide and workbook; development editing BTEC National Construction textbook for a revised qualification


  • Business: business to business (B2B), direct marketing, e-business, management, marketing, office skills, public sector procurement, quality standards, small businesses
  • Construction: bricklaying, Building Regulations, built environment, carpentry, construction industry legislation, health and safety, planning/surveying, plastering
  • Education: distance learning, e-learning, exam preparation/revision, further education (FE), literacy resources, pre-school/early years, reading schemes, primary, testing, vocational qualifications
  • Sustainability: alternative technologies, climate change, conservation, environmental education, green issues, renewable energy, sustainable development, town planning, waste management/recycling
  • Other: Canada, childcare, computers and IT, health and social care, hotels, literature, Norfolk and East Anglia, nutrition/dieting/keto/LCHF, tourism, travel, ukuleles


  • BA Hons English Literature (University of Oxford)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (Chartered Management Institute)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) expert user (band score 9)