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I have been working as a freelance editor since 2013. I'm based in Edinburgh, Scotland where I am the coordinator of the SfEP's local Edinburgh group.
I offer copy-editing and proofreading services to organisations, businesses, academics and individuals including those writing in English as a second language. I work primarily on research papers and academic publications in the fields of development economics and sustainable development. I also work with public sector bodies on reports and publications related to public policy and with translation agencies to help ensure correct and natural English in translated text.
After an early career in advertising and tourism marketing, I worked for over 25 years in the public sector in (local government and a non-departmental public body involved in the visual arts). Throughout my career I have had a strong focus on writing and editing, particularly in the following areas:
- Corporate communications – writing, editing and proofreading newsletters, press releases, internal and external communications messages, annual reports, web content, business letters, reports and other corporate documents.
- City promotion – writing and editing speeches, articles and promotional materials.
- Committee administration – writing and editing committee reports and minutes for local government committees, senior management teams and working groups.
I welcome all enquiries and provide a prompt, friendly and professional service.
Copy-editing, on-screen editing, on-screen proofreading, editing non-native English, copywriting, writing, speech writing
Academic research papers, policy reports, government reports, marketing and promotional materials, funding applications, books, theses and dissertations, websites, text translated into English, CVs and personal communications
Qualifications and awards
MA (Hons) French with subsidiary German (language and literature), Postgraduate Diploma in European Marketing and Languages (French and German), Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration
Freelance since 2013
Editing with Word (2016), Efficient copy-editing (2016), References (2016), Brush up your grammar (2015), Copy-editing 2: Progress (2014), On-screen editing 1 & 2 (2014), Introduction to proofreading (2013)
Microsoft Office modules (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) (Pitman Training 2013)
PRINCE2 – Foundation level (APM Group 2004)
Recent and current clients include:
- United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research
- Shelter Scotland
- National Galleries of Scotland
- Frontier Economics Ltd
- International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
- Biuro Tlumaczen UZUS (translation agency)
- Public sector organisations and non-departmental public bodies
- Individual academics and postgraduate students
- Private individuals
Public policy, government, politics, current affairs, economics, development economics, sustainable development, tourism and travel, marketing.
'Lesley Ellen proofread the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing’s final report: A blueprint for Scotland’s future. I was delighted with the service provided; Lesley’s meticulous attention to detail and professional approach provided me with peace of mind knowing that every effort had been made to ensure accuracy and consistency throughout this high-level report. I highly recommend EllenEditorial and will be using the service again.'
Paul Bradley, Regional Campaigns and Public Affairs Officer, Shelter Scotland
'I hired Lesley for proofreading my 80 pages MSc thesis. It was on very short notice but she managed the job excellently in a short time. Lesley spotted even minor details, such as the incorrect facing of a quotation mark, and left very helpful comments. As a non-native speaker of English, I have taken away a few useful lessons of how to improve my writing. It is essential for this kind of work to have a confident proofreader, such as Lesley, who points out that a certain phrase or sentence does not make sense.'
Joe, postgraduate student, UK/Germany
'Lesley Ellen cooperates with us regularly, proofreading and copyediting all sorts of documents translated by Polish translators and researchers, such as research papers, books, business documents, website content, corporate materials, etc. She checks them for grammatical, linguistic and logical correctness and makes sure they are written in polished, error-free English. Many articles copyedited by Lesley have been successfully published in renowned international journals. Lesley is professional, fast, meticulous and has a wonderful attitude. She is always ready to explain matters that may be problematic or unclear to non-native speakers of English. Her comments and suggestions are invaluable. She offers a friendly, efficient and confidential service. It has been a pleasure working with her. I would definitely recommend the service of EllenEditorial.'
Barbara Komorowska, Owner, UZUS Translation Agency, Poznań, Poland
'After receiving feedback on my initial submission to an economics journal, I engaged Lesley Ellen to copy-edit the paper before resubmission. Lesley was meticulous, professional, efficient and friendly -- a pleasure to work with. I'm delighted to say that with Lesley's help my paper has now been approved for publication. I would highly recommend her editing services and I would certainly work with her again in the future.'
Declan French, Senior Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast