|Location||NORTH YORKSHIRE, UK|
|Telephone number||07534 596452|
UK-based and freelance after previously working as a proofreader for many years at an advertising and digital media company. Known for attention to detail, accuracy, excellent knowledge of spelling, grammar, punctuation and wide general knowledge (which often helps to prevent factual errors from being published). Experienced at editing non-native as well as native English, on-screen proofreading (using MS Word and Track Changes or PDF mark-up) and has been trained in proofreading fiction as well as non-fiction and dissertations.
Great at eliminating errors and ensuring a piece of writing flows well and reads clearly. So, whether you require a proofreading service or a more detailed copy-editing service, please get in touch.
Various subjects covered, including, but not limited to, current affairs, government and politics, HR management, business, marketing, education, international relations, travel and tourism, diet and nutrition, history and walking/rambling/countryside (knowledge of various regions, with an extensive knowledge of Cumbria and Yorkshire). Worked in travel and tourism after graduating and still has a strong interest in UK travel and tourism as well as Europe.
Areas of expertise include proofreading for magazines, reports for various types of organisations, tourist brochures, sales copy and academic writing (dissertations, essays and journal articles).
Background in languages (degree in Modern Languages, French and Russian with Political and Economic Studies), so would love to help with translation as well as getting involved in any proofreading or copy-editing projects.
Successfully completed several courses organised by both the Publishing Training Centre and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (Merits for Proofreading and Copy-editing), so equipped with the knowledge to help improve your writing or ensure your document is error-free.
Experienced in on-screen and hard-copy proofreading: MS Word (Track Changes), Adobe PDFs, Google Docs and BSI proofreading and copy-editing symbols and very happy to quote for work on both small and large projects.
Please send an email with your requirements to receive a free no-obligation quote.
- Editing non-native English
- Plain/clear English
- French to English translation
- Dissertation formatting
- Excellent grammar knowledge
- Knowledge of reference systems
- Style sheets
- Microsoft Office
- Adobe PDF reading
- Microsoft Word (Track Changes)
- Google Docs
- Theses, dissertations and essays
- Newspaper articles
- Journal articles
- Online material
- Sales copy
- Powerpoint presentations
- White papers
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.
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
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
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)
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.
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.
Editor, writer and digital journalist
(Senior regional publication manager – hibu magazines)
Dianne proofed hibu's 27 community magazines of which I was National Copy Editing Manager. Dianne's attention to detail was unbelievable - unlike anything I have encountered before in more than 20 years working in newspapers and magazines - and her ability to spot errors of spelling, punctuation, style and grammar first rate.
I cannot recommend Dianne highly enough ... if I ever get around to writing my memoirs she will be the first person I contact to give them the once over.
(National copy-editing manager - hibu)
Dianne Battersby has assisted Friends of Moorsbus on several occasions in the last couple of years with proof reading. We are volunteers who produce information about bus services on leaflets that are very widely distributed in the North Yorkshire and Cleveland areas. It is important that any text errors are corrected before we go to print, and we are most grateful for the help that Dianne has given us.
& Friends of Moorsbus
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.
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.