Sara-Jayne Donaldson

Advanced Professional Member
Location Northern Editorial, HIGHLAND, Scotland
Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Facebook Northern Editorial
LinkedIn Sara Donaldson
Twitter @NrthrnEditorial


  • copy-editing
  • proofreading
  • developmental editing
  • manuscript critique / manuscript assessment
  • indexing
  • research
  • website editing
  • copywriting
  • ebook formatting
  • simple book design

Qualifications, training and experience

  • BA (Hons) Librarianship & Information Studies
  • Copy-editing by distance learning – Merit (Publishing Training Centre)
  • InDesign CC Training (Certitec)
  • Introduction to Fiction Editing – one-day workshop & full online course (SfEP)
  • Creative Writing A215 (OU) – Distinction
  • Advanced Creative Writing A363 (OU) – Distinction
  • Society of Indexers Accreditation

Freelance since 2001, working with a variety of clients (traditional publishers, self-publishing authors, academics and businesses) to help get their message across while keeping their author's voice intact.


  • historical fiction and non-fiction (history, genealogy / family history, local history, archaeology, folklore / mythology)
  • biography / autobiography / memoir
  • historical and modern maritime (specialist subject: ferries)
  • forensics
  • crime fiction and non-fiction
  • popular culture
  • F1 and motorsports
  • crafts
  • theatre / film
  • tarot
  • art and antiques
  • paranormal studies / parapsychology
  • personal development
  • media studies
  • New Age / mind, body, spirit / divination

Media & Equipment

  • books
  • travel guides
  • illustrated books
  • newsletters
  • multi-author books
  • websites
  • business documentation
  • white papers


  • Microsoft Word
  • Adobe CC (inc. InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator)


  • Lily Publications
  • Ferry Publications
  • Sandstone Press
  • Dunnet Bay Distillers
  • Bookmachine
  • self-publishing authors


We have worked with Sara for the last five years and have found her very professional, with all our work requirements meeting the required deadlines for our leading worldwide clients, which include Cunard, Isle of Man Government, Brittany Ferries and P&O.

Miles Cowsill, Managing Director, Lily Publications, Isle of Man

Sara has been invaluable to our company on this project and other projects.  The work is completed to a very high standard.

Sara has been a great resource for our business.  She gives us the confidence in the quality of our message on our labels.

Martin Murray, Dunnet Bay Distillers

(Rock Rose Gin & Holy Grass Vodka)

We were very glad of your work and thoroughness. I will certainly be using you again

Isobel Montgomery Campbell. 'Sebastian Shaw: The Man Beneath the Mask'

Sara edited my poems and organised the colour work for Raven Songs; a publication of my first book of poems with some of my own illustrations.

The cover design met all my imagined requirements and beyond. The formatting was precise and sensitive to the content, especially important where poetry is concerned.

I would highly recommend her editing work to anyone who requires patient and diligent support in preparing a piece of writing to the required professional standard, which is her criteria.

Meg Macleod

Raven Songs

Sara was recommended to us by another satisfied customer. She provided us with copy-editing and proofreading our novel. She helped us transcend the cultural barriers of language by providing us with expert insight into subtle dialogue differences between the US and the UK. She recommended style improvements, caught a lot of punctuation errors, and helped us improve our grammar. Beyond all that, we could tell she actually read the book. She provided feedback on fact-checking and potential copyright issues.

Overall, we felt her professionalism was outstanding, and she exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you, Sara. We look forward to working with you on our next novel.

John and Lottie Christian
Isle of Man, Fear Agus Deithe