Anya Hastwell

Advanced Professional Member
Location LONDON NW10
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Experience & clients

Clients who've placed their trust in me include:

Oxford University Press • Taylor & Francis • Routledge • Open City • Cats Protection • Class Professional Publishing • WhiteFox • Quota Books • Hodder • Quintessence Publishing • Copernicus Publications • Oemus Media • Itad • Tomorrow’s Company

Relevant past-life in-house experiences: 

  • Desk Editor, Quintessence Publishing, 2010–14 
  • Assistant Editor, UK and International Press, 2010
  • Production Assistant, Auto Trader, 2008–09
  • Editorial Assistant, Immediate Network, 2006–07
  • Editorial Assistant, Cava Media, 2005–06

Skills and expertise

  • Copyediting (on-screen)
  • Proofreading (on-screen using Acrobat’s in-built mark-up tools)
  • Copywriting
  • Content writing – you can find a couple of examples here
  • WordPress CMS
  • MS Word styles, templates and macros
  • UK and US English (Anglicising or Americanizing)
  • Most well-known style guides
  • Fact-checking, if the project requires


Science • Technology • Medical • STM • Memoir • Biography • Autobiography • Creative non-fiction • Health and well-being • Bioethics • History • Arts • Culture

Academic qualifications

  • MA (part-time) in Creative Writing – University of Hull Online: 2021–23 (ongoing)
  • BA (Hons) Degree in English Literature – University of Roehampton: 2000–03

Training & professional development

  • Plain English for Editors (CIEP) 2022 
  • Copyright: How to get what you want in the digital age (Publishing Training Centre) 2019
  • Medical Editing (CIEP, then SfEP) 2017
  • Brush Up Your Grammar (CIEP, then SfEP) 2017
  • Copyediting 2: Headway (CIEP, then SfEP) 2017
  • Efficient Editing: Strategies and tactics (CIEP, then SfEP) 2016
  • Editing with Word (CIEP, then SfEP) 2016
  • Proofreading 2: Progress (CIEP, then SfEP) 2016
  • Advanced Copyediting (Publishing Training Centre) 2011
  • Subediting and Design – Distinction  (London School of Journalism) 2006
  • NCTJ Certificate in Periodical Journalism (NCTJ) 2003
  • Freelance Feature Writing – Honours Diploma  (London School of Journalism) 1997

PLUS: Attendance at the CIEP annual conference, either in person or online, since 2017.


I use both Mac and Windows 10 operating systems with up-to-date, reputable anti-virus scanning programs and robust back-up systems that are used regularly, and use the following software: 

  • Word V.16 for on-screen copyediting; I also use PerfectIt and various macros to optimise efficiency 
  • MS Office 365 suite (including the latest versions of Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). 
  • Acrobat Reader DC for proofreading, using its in-built mark-up comment tools
  • Google Docs, depending on the project + requirements
  • Trello
  • ClickUp
  • Toggl Track


Thank you so much for this excellent edit of the document. I was very impressed by your eye for detail and consistency, as well as your clear give with eloquence. 

Author, Shakespeare and the Afterlife

Your amends are brilliant and very helpful, so thank you very much for taking the time to work on this.

Project Manager, Open City (for Open House festival guide 2019 + other Open City documents)  

Anya has provided us with excellent copy to help promote the work of Cats Protection and is a pleasure to work with.

Media Officer, Cats Protection

Anya was a pleasure to work with. Timely, detail-oriented and responsive which made the entire process smooth and efficient. I highly recommend Anya and would work with her again

Indie author, anon

What a pleasure it has been to work with Anya. She took on a very tricky scientific title at short notice and carried out an efficient, high-quality copyedit to the tightest of deadlines, sending regular updates and doing her utmost to make the whole process as smooth as possible. I would welcome the opportunity to work with her again and will be recommending her to any of my publishing clients who are looking to expand their list of excellent contributors.

Anna Stevenson, Freelance Publishing Professional

Anya is a highly accomplished scientific editor. She worked for us for four years editing our dental books and journals to a high standard and, since leaving us to go freelance, she has continued to edit our books in an accurate and timely manner.

General Manager, Quintessence Publishing

I approached Anya because of a backlog we had at the scientific publisher I work for. She was very willing to help and took on a number of manuscripts. In addition to her core copyediting skills, she also possesses solid computer skills, which is essential because we work with LaTeX. In open-access publishing, we also have strict deadlines that we have to adhere to, but she had no problems meeting them. My experience with Anya has been a pleasant one, and I would recommend her services to other publishing houses.

Copy-Editing Team Coordinator, Copernicus GmbH