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Plain-language editing, editing non-native English, on-screen editing, on-screen proofreading, website editing, copy-editing, proofreading, anglicizing
Marketing materials, company literature, theses and dissertations, government reports, websites, journals, language course materials
Qualifications and awards
BA English Studies, Professional Certificate in Marketing (Level 4), Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
Freelance since 2012; communications officer, Digital Outreach, 2010–13; editor, Foundations, 2008–10; editor and proofreader, Plain English Campaign, 2004–07
Annual conference (SfEP) 2018, Editing with Word (2018), Annual conference (SfEP) 2017, References (2016), Brush up your grammar (SfEP) 2016, Annual conference (SfEP) 2015, Professional Certificate in Marketing (CIM) 2012
Kääntämö Translations, Manchester Metropolitan University, Metro Communications, Royal Life Saving Society, Plane Saver Credit Union, Premier League Charitable Fund, Rethink Press, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Social Value Lab, The University of Sheffield, PhD students, independent non-fiction authors
Public information (in plain English), public sector (housing, environment, elderly people, people with disabilities, digital literacy, procurement), not-for-profit sector, local government, marketing (B2B, B2C), academic (humanities, theses and dissertations), business (reports, marketing, company literature), literature (English, African-American, Indian), environment (conservation, climate change), interests (games and puzzles, cats, walking), lifeguarding, English as a foreign language, development (organisation, personal)
I'm a reliable and supportive copy-editor and proofreader with more than 10 years' experience. I work with businesses, charities, translation agencies, students and independent authors.
I specialise in plain-language editing, documents for businesses and charities, thesis and dissertation proofreading, and non-native English. Before becoming a freelance editor I worked in the not-for-profit sector for several years and taught English as a foreign language in Russia and China.
Recent projects include information packs for funding applications, chapters of a multi-author book about language teaching, translated board-game rules, a PhD thesis in the Humanities, preparing an article for submission to an academic journal and an environmental web-based report.
Please get in touch to have a chat about how I can help with your project.
Laura is a god. We were going round in circles with our website text and needed a breakthrough. Laura got to grips with everything really quickly and did a super-fantastic job consistent with the “business text – plain english” brief. She’s professional, easy to work with and really great at her job. What is there not to love? Marks out of 10? 20!
Peter Matthews, Founder & CEO, Metro Communications
Laura was the copy editor for Scotland’s State of the Environment report, 2014. The report summarises the condition of Scotland's environment and the challenges it faces, and was written by over 30 authors from 13 different organisations. Copy-editing the 85,000 words produced was obviously a challenge and Laura's input was indispensable. Laura worked with us to refine the text, not only ensuring consistency but also improving the language and challenging us to tell a clear story to our audience. She was efficient, met punishing deadlines and quickly grasped the ethos of what we were trying to achieve, then helped ensure we lived up to it. Her constructive criticism and the clarity of her language significantly improved the final report.
Nathan Critchlow-Watton, SEPA, chair of the SoE Editorial Group
Thank you so much for your help with the thesis. It has been invaluable. I feel so much more confident now handing it in. It's been great that you have questioned me so that I have had to re-think some things again and write them in a clearer way. I will definitely recommend your services to anyone in need.
Mari, PhD student, psychology
In my experience, Laura Ripper's proofreading is excellent. She is highly skilled in her work and provides a tailored service. She not only corrects inconsistencies with sensitivity to the text but she seeks to find the voice of the author in order to really understand the script. Her proof suggestions are wise as well as detailed, increasing the impact of the writing, and giving me new confidence in my work. Highly recommended.