- on-screen copy-editing
- on-screen proofreading
- editing non-native English
- editorial consultancy and critiquing
- plain English
- website editing and content
- corporate writing
- ghostwriting and speech writing
books, magazines, corporate literature, newsletters, press releases, newspapers, online content, websites, marketing
Qualifications and awards
BA English & Creative Arts, City & Guilds Licentiateship (LCGI) in Editing Skills
InDesign CS6: Editorial (London College of Media and Journalism) 2013, Kindle Publishing (JCUK) 2012, Introduction to Equity Analysis (BPP Hyperion) 2002
Wolters Kluwer, Open Data Institute, Professional Outsourcing Magazine, Black Solicitors Network, Manchester City Council, Exacta Translations, Recruitment & Employment Confederation, Unbound Books, Bloomsbury, European Bank for Research and Development, Constable & Robinson
Finance: banking, investment banking, tax, accounting, Brexit, journal articles and theses, general
Business: Brexit, B2B, e-business, management, marketing, small businesses, internet, social media, blogging
Fiction, memoirs, erotica
Culture: Food, drink and recipes, music (popular, rock), gender studies (women’s issues), fitness and health
English as a foreign/second language (EFL/ESL)
Third sector: charities, housing, disability, human rights
Personal development: general, sexuality, relationships
Freelance journalist (writing for various publications) and highly experienced copy editor and sub-editor. My editing specialisms include working with self-publishers (chiefly fiction and memoirs), financial materials of all kinds and cleaning up non-native English, but I’m willing to tackle any subject. I work for both publishers and non-publishers. I also specialise in writing press releases and corporate publications. I have three decades of experience in writing and editing under my belt. Client-focused, flexible, excellent organizational skills, used to tight deadlines. I work only on screen. Happy to work in-house locally.
I'd been aware of Louise for a while before I had the chance to hire her as editor on a book I was writing. She proved she had a superb eye for detail and maximum flexibility for accommodating my fluctuating schedule and the book was upgraded instantly as a result. I therefore had no hesitation in asking her to sub-edit and proofread Professional Outsourcing Magazine when I became managing editor the following year; she has proven herself efficient, friendly, proactive when it comes to making processes easier and she offers excellent value. I would recommend her wholeheartedly.
Guy Clapperton FPSA, Speaker, writer, media trainer
Louise has done proofreading and editing for us since 2012, and she has always been fast and done a good job, been willing to help and friendly. I can recommend her and her services to others.
Maria Danielsson, project manager at Exacta Translations (Sweden)
Louise was recommended and came top from among five other financial research specialist editors. Her company PlainText has provided an excellent service: always on time, discreet and often to very tight deadlines. She has been a pleasure to work with over the past 8 months and hope this relationship continues. Am delighted to recommend her for editing work.
Nick Louis, Partner at Avouch Capital UK LLP