Arts, Humanities and Fiction Proof-editor – Dawn Austin Locke

Professional Member
Location Saltdean, Brighton, UK
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Phone +441273 306950

About you

You may be a small publishing house, an academic in the Arts and Humanities, or an independent writer of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. Your novel, thesis, memoir or poem is uniquely your work so, when I help prepare it for publishing, your rules apply. I always respect your authorial voice and edit according to your personal brief.

Email me a few pages of text for a sample edit, or questions about your next steps forward. I can help you prepare your writing from early drafts or in the final steps.

About me

My background is in creative writing (Sussex, 1st class), and the psychology of the writing process. I have established ongoing writing projects, helping to structure and develop scripts from their earliest, fragile stages onwards to line editing, copy-editing and final proofing for publication.

I relish the freshness of independent publishing and personal contact with small publishing houses, as well as being excited and energised by new academic thought in the arts and humanities. It is my privilege to work with you on these important journeys from head and heart to page and press.


  • Developmental assessment
  • Close Line editing
  • Proof-editing
  • Proofreading
  • Bespoke editing
  • Grammatical understanding of French, German, Italian.

Fiction genres

  • Contemporary fiction and literature
  • Magic realism
  • Poetry
  • Literature in translation
  • Travel writing
  • Life-writing, memoir and biography
  • Diaries and letters
  • Short stories
  • Historical
  • Myth, religion and spirituality
  • Psychological drama
  • Medical fiction (RGN, HV Dip.)
  • Children's and teenage
  • Romance, popular, humour

Non-fiction and academic subjects

These are firm favourites, reflecting my education and professional experience. But do ask me about any humanities project – I'm always interested in a new angle on the arts!

  • Culture and literature
  • Arts and theatre
  • Philosophy, ethics, moral issues, consciousness
  • Current affairs and human rights
  • Social and cultural anthropology
  • Comparative religions, theology and spirituality
  • Mythology
  • Buddhism and Judaism
  • Travel writing
  • Health sciences, lifestyle and wellbeing
  • Nursing (RGN, HV Dip.) 
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Education and health education

Qualifications and training

  • SfEP Proofreading Headway
  • SfEP Efficient Editing
  • SfEP Practical mark-up of PDFs
  • Chapterhouse Proofreading and Editorial Skills
  • Creativity in the Arts BA Hons 1st Class, University of Sussex
  • Creative Writing Certificate, University of Sussex
  • Foundation Year, Institute of Psychoanalysis, London
  • TEFL certificate
  • Teaching Licentiate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Registered General Nurse and Health Visitor (RGN, HV Dip.)


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"I am so very grateful to all of the women authors contributing to this book and especially to Dawn Austin Locke for her loving care and wisdom in giving this book roots to ground and wings to fly…"

Laura Topper, author and editor of Mama on a Mission

"Dawn cares about the thoroughness of her work. She looks at every detail. The creators of the work are very important to her and her approach to her work is meticulous."

Alanna McIntyre, author of Rethreading My Life, Between the Covers, and It Takes a While.

 "I am very pleased with the quality of Dawn's work. Her insights were right on spot, her advices useful, and her notes incredibly helpful. Clear and relevant, she made great recommendations on my use of rhymes and choices of words. She truly has a feel for poetry, and it has shown through her services." A.T.

Aurélien Thomas, A Vow – A Collection of Love Poems.

“Dawn proofread the entire content of our website. We supply copy and marketing strategies so accuracy in our own presentation was crucial. She worked quickly, finding various errors, and made several useful suggestions for improving the tone and quality of the site in general. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her and would certainly engage her in the future.”

V. Blackledge, marketing director at 

“Dawn's editing job was extremely professional, thoughtful, thorough and effective. The readability and layout of my thesis were improved, main points clarified without changing meaning or content. Dawn was also willing to give professional advice regarding English grammar, punctuation, paragraphing, flow and usage. I wish I had known about her incomparable services much sooner."

Victoria N. Nursing Management thesis, 2018

"You have done a very thorough job on this. We are very happy with what you have done and it is exactly what we are looking for." 

Austin Macauley, publishers

"I gave Dawn a short play which I have been working on over several months. 

She provided me with pertinent comments in her note sheet on how I could build a more effective climax.  She has the expertise of understanding stagecraft through deep interest and experience in the theatre. Dawn was, therefore, able to suggest ways of highlighting the dramatic relationships, allowing me to discuss various options with her, so keeping my integrity on how I want something portrayed but also taking her guidance. She provided a perfect balance of suggestions on which to base my decisions." 

Alanna McIntyre, Between the Covers.

"I am not a native English speaker, so I make mistakes in sentences, grammar, structure and flow between sentences. I asked Dawn to take care of all these corrections such as word choice, grammar, sentence structures, flow etc. The thesis is so much better now and completed well on time."

S Sharma, PhD thesis in Design Psychology.

"I just wanted to touch base and thank you again for all your hard work and notes, very helpful, insightful and challenging (in a good way) for my writing. I very much appreciate it."

Austin Spangler, Short Stories.