|Location||PS Editorial Services, Wookey Hole, Wells|
Services: • copy-editing • proofreading • linguistic editing/rewriting • multimedia/online functionality testing
• Americanizing • anglicizing • reference-checking • slide/poster checking
Books, company literature, encyclopaedias, illustrated books, journals, newsletters, online materials
Qualifications and awards
BSc (Hons) Food Science/Nutrition & Environmental Biology
Freelance since 1996; Journal Production Editor, Elsevier Science, 1992–96
FAO (UN), Taylor & Francis, Society for General Microbiology, BMJ, Royal Society of Chemistry, Wiley, Harper Collins, De Gruyter
Agriculture/farming (crops/crop protection, sciences), biology (freshwater/marine, molecular/cell), botany, chemistry, conservation (green issues), diet/nutrition, earth sciences (geochemistry, marine science/oceanography, soil science), ecology, environmental studies, food and drink (safety), food science/technology, genetics, medical specialisms (microbiology, pharmacology), psychology, zoology
With a wealth of experience in publishing, I provide the highest-quality editing service for my clients. I have been working as a full-time freelance copy-editor and proofreader for more than 25 years, and my clients have included a large number of publishing and medcomms companies in the UK and worldwide. I copy-edit and proofread in a number of software environments, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Acrobat. I am also proficient in editing texts written by authors whose first language is not English, and all my work for clients is treated with the highest confidentiality.
What sets me apart from others?
• Longstanding Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders in the UK and adherent of the Society’s Code of Practice.
• Ability to work at short notice and to meet short deadlines.
• Professionally insured.
• Extensive editorial experience in many subject areas.
• Proven experience and advanced proficiency in editing English texts by ESL authors.
• Highly commended by existing and previous clients.
• An in-depth understanding of the English language to help clients communicate with clarity in the written word.
My website provides more detailed information on my experience and services, including lists of previous publications that I have edited or proofread and a large number of testimonials from previous and existing clients. Examples of my work are available upon request.
Paul's work is always first class. His attention to detail is excellent, and he can always be relied upon to stick to strict deadlines and still deliver work to a high standard.
Carl Saxton, senior editor (science), Cambridge University Press
Paul provides an excellent copy editing and proofreading service. He is very flexible and able to accommodate shifting deadlines and last minute requests, but still maintaining a very high quality of work.
Beth Elam, Editorial Project Manager at the Nucleus Group
I have had the privilege of working with Paul on different projects in the past year. He is a highly skilled editor with a very keen eye for consistency and he delivered with fast turnaround times. I would work with him again without question. It was also good to learn a few new editorial skills.
Tim Stentiford, Regional Editorial Lead/Chief Medical Writer at MediTech Media
I've worked with many editors and copy editors in the past, and Paul is one of the best in his field, no doubt. Not only did Paul catch errors in my manuscript that I never noticed (and I went over that thing very, very, very carefully numerous times), but he also asked for clarification regarding passages in my manuscript that got me to think, 'This guy can follow fairly dense and technical stuff that's not familiar to him.' Further, the manner in which he presented questions in a spreadsheet-like form, as well as his prompt responsiveness via email, indicated to me that he's a well-organized person.
Robert Arp, Analyst and Technical Writer