Sarah Patey

Advanced Professional Member
Location Le Mot Juste, NORWICH, UK (please email me for full address)
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Web www.le-mot-juste.co.uk

Profile

Qualified and experienced teacher of French and German, working freelance in publishing since 1995. Educated in France. Fluent French, degree-level German.

I offer two principal areas of expertise:

Language teaching materials

  • French and German for the UK market, primary to tertiary level. I relish grammar! Language textbooks should be coherent and enjoyable for teachers and students, and I can provide quality assurance on both content and language.
  • ELT materials for the overseas market at both primary and secondary levels.

Academic history

I have over 20 years' experience editing academic material focusing on European history and especially German history. I have a keen interest medieval history, in which I also read widely for personal pleasure. My work with non-native authors has been particularly appreciated and has led to long and fruitful working relationships. I also translate academic history into English. 

Aside from these specialist areas, I am happy to discuss other non-technical projects. Please note that I am currently fully booked for 2018, but happy to discuss projects for 2019.

Skills

  • on-screen editing
  • content editing
  • development editing
  • editing non-native English
  • rewriting
  • fluent French
  • degree-level German
  • foreign language proofreading (French, German)
  • translating (French into English, German into English)
  • proofreading

Please note that I don't work on journals.

Subjects

  • language teaching (French, German, ELT)
  • history (European, medieval, Church, local)
  • French literature (general, medieval)
  • music (choral, classical, religious/worship, history)
  • religious studies (Christianity, liturgy)

Training

SfEP conferences (16 conferences, 1998–2016)
Brush up your grammar (SfEP) 2014 – I repurposed this course for online delivery
SfEP courses on editing, including On-screen editing, Efficient copy-editing 
Specialist SfEP courses, including Editing and proofreading musicWeb editorial skills

Qualifications

BA and MA, Modern & Medieval Languages
PGCE, Modern Languages

Recent clients

Cambridge University Press (development editing, Languages, A Level History)
Private/non-publisher clients (academic history, translation German to English)
Pearson (MFL teaching - French)
Rhinegold (Music A-level)
Oxford University Press (history journal)

Testimonials

[Colleague] and I were both really pleased with what you have done on these – it's all very methodical, thorough and clear which is exactly what we need on such a busy project!

Project manager, ELT textbook

Sarah is a real pleasure to work with. Not only is she adept at identifying issues in a text, she also goes the extra mile to provide helpful solutions. She is always friendly, efficient and reliable. Highly recommended!

Content manager, KS3 French textbook

I am extremely grateful for reading this so closely. This kind of attention during the copy-editing process is getting extremely rare these days

Non-English journal author

Thanks for doing such an excellent job of the editing: I have never had copies back from the designer which were so error-free!

School-book author

Thanks again for your hard work on this project – it definitely wouldn't have gone so well without you

Project manager, A-level French course

Thank you again for dealing so competently with the extremely difficult text

Multi-author academic text, medieval French literary criticism