Dianne Battersby (Editing Eye)

Professional Member
Location NORTH YORKSHIRE, UK
Website www.editingeye.co.uk
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LinkedIn Dianne Battersby
Telephone number 07534 596452

Skills

  • Proofreading
  • Editing non-native English
  • Plain/clear English
  • French to English translation
  • Copy-editing
  • Dissertation formatting
  • Excellent grammar knowledge
  • Knowledge of reference systems
  • Style sheets
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe PDF reading
  • Microsoft Word (Track Changes) 
  • Google Docs

Media

  • Magazines
  • Reports
  • Toolkits
  • Theses, dissertations and essays
  • Newspaper articles
  • Journal articles
  • Online material
  • Non-fiction
  • Fiction
  • Sales copy
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Blogs
  • White papers
  • Newsletters

Experience

Freelance since 2018

Specialises in proofreading magazines with varied content as well as reports and books on various subjects. A wide general knowledge and interest in several subjects help to prevent factual errors from being published.

Academic proofreading of dissertations and essays for native and non-native English language students, working to ethical guidelines.

Knowledge of several referencing styles and familiar with style sheets.

French speaker with some experience of other European languages, including Russian and Italian.

Proofreader/page reader, Yell, 2004 to 2018 

Acted as a key proofreader as well as adviser to line managers for the magazine editorial of a pilot project that started in Yorkshire (3 magazines) and was eventually rolled out to 9 areas (27 magazines) throughout the UK. 

Several quality-checking roles that entailed monitoring the work of other onshore and offshore proofreaders before publication, with feedback provided to offshore proofreaders regarding use of the English language.

Page reader for Yellow Pages in the Pagination team.  

Recent training

Introduction to Fiction Editing (SfEP) 2019, Theses and Dissertations (SfEP) 2018, Adobe Tools for Editors (PTC) 2018, Editing and Proofreading (Proofreading Academy) 2018, Copy-editing (Merit – PTC) 2016, Proofreading Mentoring Scheme (SfEP) 2013, Brush Up Your Grammar (SfEP) 2012, Proofreading (Merit – PTC) 2011

Recent clients

Black Dog Press, Corporate Histories, Coterie Marketing, Country Publications Ltd (Dalesman and Down Your Way), Digital Radish, Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), Prohibition Partners, Proofed, Roxana Valea, Ryedale Print Group, Yell

Subjects

Current Affairs, Government and Politics, HR Management, Business, Marketing, Advertising, Travel and Tourism (UK and International), France, Europe, History (Local/UK), Education, Diet and Nutrition, Vegetarianism, Walking/Rambling/Countryside, Popular Culture

Qualifications and awards

BA (Hons) French and Russian (Political and Economic Studies)

Testimonials

Dianne is absolutely one of the best proofreaders I have worked with. Her attention to detail is extraordinary and you can bet that once she has cast her eye over a piece of work it will be clean and typo-free. She has a fantastic command of English and will be an asset to anyone who employs her. She is a total professional who can work to extremely tight deadlines. She is a pleasure to work with.

Tim Bowdler

Editorial Director at Newspress

National centralised publications manager, hibu

Dianne is a first-class proofreader who played a key part in the excellence of Matters magazines at hibu. Her meticulous proofreading skills and attention to detail proved invaluable and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Dianne for any editorial project. 

Simon Wigmore

Editor, writer and digital journalist

Senior regional publication manager, hibu magazines

Dianne worked with us, proofreading some 250,000 words of text, often under tight time frames. She is excellent: thorough, careful, reliable. She would go the extra mile – for example, realizing we had misspelt a province in Central Asia, or cited the wrong author for a text – things you only find by double checking beyond the text itself. I was very impressed, and would certainly engage her again. 

Megan Bastick

Gender & Security Fellow

DCAF and PhD Scholar

University of Edinburgh

It was good working with you, Dianne, glad to have found you! I will certainly contact you again with future projects.

Nigel Watson

Corporate Histories

Dianne consistently delivers excellent work and picks up on even the smallest detail we may have missed. Great communication and never fails to get the job done. We always rely on Dianne to edit and proof our most important client reports!

Cecilia Lacombe

Production Manager, Prohibition Partners