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Hi! I'm Ayesha and I specialise in sensitive editing of academic and non-fiction writing.
I offer different editorial services, all of which have at their core one or more of the following: sensitive editing, perceptive problem solving, constructive creativity and conscious collaboration.
With nearly two decades of editing experience, I'm a friendly professional offering exemplary commitment to quality, schedules, budgets and client confidentiality.
- Types of material: Academic | Non-fiction | Journals
- Primary subject areas: Interdisciplinary | Humanities | Social Sciences | STM (levels 1–3)
- House style expertise: Chicago Manual of Style and Hart’s Rules (US–UK styles)
- Reference styles: Harvard, APA, MLA and Vancouver
I'm happy to collaborate with publishing co-workers, new writers and established authors, academics and students alike, and prefer projects requiring direct liaison with authors/translators to resolve queries. I can also adapt quickly to new styles and delight in creating house styles for projects when required.
Technical skills range from in-depth editing (substantive editing, copy-editing, proofreading) of books, journals and monographs to basic typesetting, layout and design of text.
Although I cannot take on full-length book projects at the moment, you can consult me on any aspect of publishing and best practices in the industry.
Copyediting, English-language editing, rewriting, substantive editing, on-screen editing and proofreading, research, STM levels 1–3, referencing
Media and Tech
Journal articles, conference proceedings, monographs, multi-author book chapters, reports, working papers and other short pieces
Edit primarily in MS Word (with track changes). Competent in using Adobe Acrobat Pro, Google Docs, MS Office, QuarkXPress; familiar with Mac OS and Microsoft Windows
Academic (general), biology, business/business studies, developmental studies, earth sciences, country/area studies (India, developing countries, South-east Asia), economics, education, engineering (biomedical, general), English literature (literature in translation, world literature), environment/energy, geography (sustainable development), life sciences (anthropology), management, medicine, non-fiction (general), philosophy, social sciences/studies (culture studies, sociology), STM, tourism/travel (India), transport (policy and planning)
Training, CPD, Professional affiliations
Courses from the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)
- Plain English for Editors (2021, In progress)
Courses from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), now CIEP
- Web Editing (2018)
- Going freelance and staying there (2017)
- Efficient Editing (2017)
- Copy-editing 2: Progress (2014)
Courses from the Oxford Publishing Group
- Rewriting and substantive editing (co-organised with Oxford Brookes University) (2016)
- Project management (co-organised with SfEP) (2015)
Continuing professional development
- Attended annual CIEP e-conference (2020)
- Attended annual SfEP conferences (2015, 2017, 2019)
- Led session on STM editing at annual SfEP conference in 2016
CIEP Advanced Professional Member (active)
ACES: The Society for Editing, Full Member (active)
'Editing tests, clients and the editor' (CIEP blog, 10 March 2021)
'Of Indian Englishes, eating heads and doing the needful' (CIEP blog, 16 September 2020)
Freelance since 2013 (previously freelance 2011–12); editor (trade, academic, fiction & non-fiction – humanities and social sciences), Seagull Books Pvt Ltd, Calcutta, India, 2006–11 and 2013; assistant editor (copy-editing – STM journals, particularly bio-medical), Macmillan India Ltd, 2004–06
Kognity (Sweden); London School of Economics (UK); The Language Editor (UK); SLG Press (Oxford); UNU-WIDER (Finland); Sunrise Setting Ltd (UK); Oxford University Press (UK); Menard Press (UK); SR Nova–Techset (India); Seagull Books Pvt Ltd (India); independent authors, academics and PhD students (global)
BA Education (subsidiary subjects: English, history, environmental science), MA Education (special education & educational management)