About Me

I am a qualified freelance proofreader and copy-editor, with a legal background and with six years’ experience of editing fiction, biography, and non-fiction. For those who enjoy CVs, here’s mine:

  • Qualified and experienced proofreader
    • SfEP Intro to Proofreading – 2013
    • SfEP Intro to Copy-editing – 2013
    • Proofreading Today (Edit Train distance learning) – 2013 (Pass with Merit)
    • SfEP Copy-editing progress – 2014
    • SfEP Brush up your Grammar – 2014
    • SfEP Intro to Fiction Editing – 2015/16
    • SfEP Editing for Fiction Workshop – 2016
    • SfEP Conference – 2016
    • Society for Editors and Proofreaders – Professional Memberlesley-jones-proofreader
    • Freelance proofreader and copy-editor – 2009 to date
      • From 2009 to early 2013, I edited and proofread many titles for one publisher in particular, and decided on the strength of my experience to obtain the relevant qualifications, detailed above
      • I began working full time as a freelance editor and proofreader in early 2013
      • September 2013 to date – as part of Black Library’s team of freelances I have edited and proofread many titles
      • 2013 to 2016 – receiving instructions from Ultimate Proof, I edited market research reports for an international research company (normally written by non-native speakers) on a weekly basis
      • February 2014 to date – I joined Pan Macmillan’s team of freelances and now regularly receive work from the company for both proofreading and copy-editing, by published and award-winning authors in various genres (especially fantasy and sci-fi)
      • August 2014 to date – I became a member of the Harlequin/Mills & Boon (now an imprint of Harper Collins) team of freelances and have received excellent feedback. I am also a member of the freelance team for Chicken House
      • In November 2015 I joined the freelance team at Endeavour Press, the UK’s leading independent digital publisher
      • In  2016 I joined the freelance teams of Bonnier Zaffre, Titan, and Bloodhound Books
      • 2009 to date – copy-editing at all levels for independent authors of fiction and biography
  • Professional affiliations  
  • Legal background
    • Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination – 1982
    • Solicitor in private practice for almost a decade specialising in civil, criminal and matrimonial litigation
    • Voluntary advocate with the Independent Panel for Special Education Advice – 1999-2004
    • Freelance representative for international probate research company – April 2012 to September 2014
  • Wide-ranging experience of life and education
    • Self-employed driving instructor with all parts ADI passed – September 2012 to June 2014 (retired due to back injury)
    • Freelance administrative and marketing assistant for small retail designer clothing store – 2009 to date
    • Voluntary support work with the National Childbirth Trust – 1995-2002
    • Degree in Psychology; ‘A’ Levels in British Government & Politics, French, R.E., General Studies