I am a qualified proofreader and copy-editor with more than 8 years’ freelance experience working for book and magazine publishers, charities, businesses, independent authors, academics and postgraduate students.
I focus on your needs using my experience gained from proofreading and copy-editing for both in-house and freelance clients to provide you with an accurate, high-quality and professional end product.
I proofread and proof-edit fiction, and proofread, proof-edit, copy-edit, anglicise, polish and edit journal articles, non-fiction books, annual reports, websites, magazines and brochures.
If you have a PhD thesis or dissertation you need to get proofread or copy-edited, please check my student services page for details.
- Polishing non-native English
I work on a variety of texts in Word or PDF:
- Novels and non-fiction books
- Company literature such as annual reports, manuals and training documents
- Journals and individual journal articles
- PhD theses, essays, dissertations
- Magazines, brochures and newsletters
- Online materials and websites
All proofreading and editing work is done electronically using track changes in Word or mark-up tools in PDF. This means I can make use of macros and other software to improve accuracy and efficiency and also saves energy and paper.
I have been a freelance proofreader and copy-editor since 2010, with in-house experience in both editing and proofreading from 2005 to 2006.
I have proofread fiction for publishers such as sBooks and Stork Press as well as numerous independent authors. I have proofread non-fiction books and journals for publishers, such as Hodder & Stoughton, Henry Stewart Publications and Biteback, as well as for independent authors, academics and business writers.
I have proofread and/or edited numerous academic texts, including journal articles, theses and dissertations.
I have proofread and copy-edited website copy for local, national and international businesses. I have also worked on annual reports and corporate communications.
In-house clients in 2005/06:
- Datamonitor: I edited and proofread company profiles and reports.
- GovNet Communications: I copy-edited and proofread all of the content for the various magazines published by the company.
Some examples of recent freelance clients: AEP Media; AMDIS; Birmingham City University; Blue Goose; Carmel Books; Charter UK; easy English experts; Eko Atlantic; Energy and Utility Skills; ESF-COST Office asbl; Ewing Consultancy; Freelance Copy Ltd; Henry Stewart Publications; Hodder & Stoughton; ID Enterprise Risk Ltd; Intersentia; Lantra; Macmillan Cancer Support; Publicis Conseil; Radley Yeldar; sBooks, an imprint of SilverWood Books; Sprachenfabrik GmbH; Stork Press; The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists; University of Derby Online Learning; Weatherly plc; WIK GmbH.
I also work for students on theses and dissertations, particularly for postgraduate and PhD students; academics looking to get papers, articles, chapters and books published; independent translators and in-house translation agencies; and authors aiming to submit their work to agents and publishers or taking the self-publishing route.
I am happy to discuss work on any subjects but the following are some examples of those I have particular experience in for editing, copy-editing, localising, Anglicising or proofreading: finance (banking), history, politics, philosophy, EFL, German (language, culture, politics, history), tourism/travel (general, South America, Germany), business, public sector, education, skills training, marketing, advertising, health and safety.
I have worked on a variety of PhD thesis topics, including the following: law, history, politics, philosophy, civil engineering, education, architecture and design, economics, finance, business and management studies, literature, and archaeology. I am happy to discuss work on any thesis topics so do get in touch even if your topic isn’t covered here.
For fiction, I proofread and proof-edit all genres.
Qualifications and training
BA (Hons) 2:1 German and Politics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Publishing Training Centre courses
Basic proofreading by distance learning – merit
Book publishing: An introduction (two-day course in London)
Grammar at work (online course)
Successful editorial freelancing (distance course)
Introduction to copy-editing (one-day course in Birmingham)
Barbara Horn's Copy-editing (home study)
How to write effective copy for your website (one-day course in Coventry)
Macro training (one-day course in Birmingham)
We have been working with Kate for a relatively short period but have already found her to be reliable, efficient and effective. We are a small start-up publisher and we rely heavily on our freelancers for their support as we get our business going, and as well as being a pleasure to work with, Kate has also been a great supporter of ours. I would have no hesitation recommending her.
Nancy Roberts, Stork Press
Kateproof provides a swift and excellent service. Errors are corrected. Suggestions for improved clarity are made. Useful clarifying questions are asked. The work remains recognisably the author’s own work and style – only better!
David Baume, BA MA PhD FSEDA, Higher Education Consultant
Kate is extremely friendly and professional, she spent considerable time and effort discussing my preferences with me and ensuring she knew exactly what I wanted before starting. She went through my manuscript (a novel) twice, once in a normal version which was then sent back to me for my approval of her changes (which were excellent), then again after it had been typeset. She found far more errors than I would have thought could possibly remain in it, and I am now 100% confident in it as it goes to print. Her rates were extremely good, and I will definitely be using her services again. Top marks, couldn’t recommend more highly.
Kate has handled all of the work on my novels, always on time and usually embarrassingly thoroughly. She has handled science fiction, fantasy, and horror with equal ease, going out of her way to make sure I get a quality product at the end of the process. I have thrown everything from weird demonic languages to quantum mechanics at her, and she has managed to point out faults in my logic or facts which slipped past me when writing. She takes the time to understand what she’s being asked to review, rather than just treating it as an error correction process.
I have learned a huge amount just by working with Kate, and not simply about the English language. My writing processes have become far more organised, which has improved my writing. I would have no qualms about recommending her services to anyone.
Niall Teasdale, author
It was a great day when we found Kate through her listing on the SfEP website. Our Annual General Meetings documentation is a complex and lengthy document. It has to be produced in a relatively short time and to a high standard. Kate is personable, friendly and very professional. Kate is meticulous, her work is very high quality and her attention to detail is second-to-none. I highly recommend her to anyone.
Miss Helena Basarab-Horwath, Assistant Company Secretary, The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
Kate offers a reliable and meticulous proofreading service. It’s always a pleasure to work with her, and to see how manuscripts benefit from her professional accuracy. She offers thoughtful suggestions where needed, and is always a friendly, cheerful person to work with. I would highly recommend Kate to other publishers and authors – in fact anybody who works with text. Conscientious, methodical and an extremely capable pair of hands!
Helen Hart – Publishing Director, SilverWood Books
I really wanted to thank you for your work on my thesis. I really think that you have done an outstanding job and that your engagement with my work has been far more precise and thourough than I expected. You helped me at all the levels that make a text better: not only with grammar, spelling, choice of words and phrasing. You have considered my text both as an expert who knows everything about academic writing norms and policies, and as a non specialist reader engaged with the meaning of my text, trying to make sense of my ideas and honestly highlighting passages that necessitated development. You have even checked foreign languages and googled some film titles, references... You have also helped me to improve my English by highlighting errors and providing explanations. Furthermore, your feedback made me a better academic writer, you have spotted errors, explained the rules and suggested corrections that taught me many things I did not know when writing this thesis. Your help has been invaluable in the short term, with this precise text, but I will benefit from your help each time I will write academic texts from now on. I will without hesitation work with you again
Fred, Film Studies PhD student, 2018