Christopher StannersProfessional Member
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Over 15 years' experience of copy-editing, proofreading and project managing editorial jobs of all sizes. Happy to tackle most subjects. I’m also a comedy writer with material regularly broadcast on BBC radio so I can even add jokes if you want me to!
Since going freelance in 2017, I have completed a variety of editing projects for many different clients. Recent jobs include editing novels, reports for non-profit organisations on social justice and environmental issues, and games instructions. I have also written fun content for quizzes and games.
I have built up significant experience in academic proofreading, working on a wide range of journal articles, dissertations and theses up to PhD level, and books including multi-author works. Many of these projects have involved dealing constructively and sensitively with text written by non-native speakers of English.
Before striking out on my own, I worked in the Creative Services department of Coachwise Ltd for 11 years and managed a huge number of editorial projects in various media, so I am experienced in dealing with clients, designers, authors and other contributors.
Most of my work for Coachwise was related to sports coaching in some way. Satisfied clients included Sports Coach UK (now UK Coaching), 1st4sport Qualifications, the Association for Physical Education and the British Horseracing Authority.
I am keen to continue taking my editorial skills into other areas, especially those that involve my personal interests of comedy and music.
Project management, copy-editing, proofreading, rewriting, picture research, developmental/substantive editing, writing
Books, company literature, educational materials, newsletters, online materials, website/blogs, magazines
Freelance since 2017; Senior Editor, Coachwise, 2007–2017; Editor, Coachwise, 2007; Assistant Editor, Coachwise, 2006–2007
Rewriting and substantive editing (Simply Put Ltd) 2013
Coachwise, Sports Coach UK (now UK Coaching), 1st4sport Qualifications, British Horseracing Authority, Association for Physical Education
Education (adult, resources)
Sports (coaching, horse racing, athletic, cricket, cycling, golf, soccer)
Home and leisure (domesticated animals, horses)
BA Linguistics with French and German
Chris is reliable, honest, diligent, thorough, accurate and trustworthy. He not only has a strong editorial background, but is a great asset in any team in which he works. I sincerely hope to work with him again in the future.
Steven Bancroft, Head of Creative Services, Coachwise Ltd
Chris is a great editor. Thorough, efficient, helpful and perhaps best of all, he doesn’t charge per word. He looks at your text and provides a time and price based on the overall job which is far more reasonable. He provides a timescale for the work and sticks to it. Highly recommended.
Barb Drummond, Historian
I cannot thank Christopher enough for doing such a great job at editing my work. His keen eye picked out discrepancies that my numerous reads failed to do. His notes are encouraging and his editing skills are truly impressive. I would not hesitate in recommending his talented services.
A. Root, Novelist
I went through all the edits yesterday and I’m so happy with the work you have done. I’m so glad for your comments and edits. They have made such a huge difference!
Neola Wilby, The Pole PT
Thank you for the excellent copy-editing work that was done on our manuscript. My co-editor and I were delighted with the copy-editing. The whole thing hung together so well in terms of language and style, and the formatting work was invaluable. 10/10!
Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford, Research Fellow, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute
Chris completed a review of my latest novel, Rise of the Community. From the start of the editing process, Chris was very clear in what he was able to help with in terms of improving the quality of the work as well as spotting any anomalies with the storyline. After working together throughout the editing process, I am satisfied that my novel is of a greater standard and is more likely to be well received. I am currently approaching agents and publishing houses and would highly recommend Chris as a professional editor who gives thoughtful and welcome insight into making the project a success.
Tracy Ryden, novelist