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I have 18 years' experience in publishing and proofread for traditional publishers and non-publishers. I regularly proofread academic and general interest books for traditional publishers, plus contract magazine titles and web content for a content marketing agency. I also proofread dissertations/theses and other business communications. My specialism is history, particularly the medieval and early modern periods.
I proofread humanities and social science academic books on subjects including history, politics and international relations, philosophy, and literary criticism. General interest books have included history, food and biographical titles. Proofreading for a content marketing agency has meant working on a diverse range of subjects, which over the years have included equestrian sports, cars and motorsport, business and hospitality and education.
I have also had considerable experience of market analysis reports covering a wide variety of sectors and industries, including finance/financial services, lifestyle and consumer products and purchasing patterns, food and drink, and travel and transport.
- Proofreading UK or US English
- References, citations and bibliographies
- Research and fact checking
- Books (academic and general interest)
- Dissertations and theses
- Market analysis reports
- Multi-author books
- Web content
- Business communications
Qualifications and awards
- MA with Distinction in Early Modern History
- BA History
- Freelance since 2002
- Editor and team leader, Key Note Ltd, 1999–2002
- Basic proofreading by distance-learning – merit (Publishing Training Centre) 2012
Past and present publishing clients include Archant Dialogue, Ashgate Publishing, Out of House Publishing (for Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis), Reaktion Books, Taylor & Francis and The History Press.
Over the years my private client work has included non-fiction books, dissertations and theses, market reports, a society membership application and internal business communications.
As can be seen from my qualifications, my particular specialism is history, and while my MA was in early modern history, I also have a keen personal interest in the medieval period.
In addition, I have proofread publications covering a vast range of subject areas, in particular:
- Business and hospitality
- Equestrian sports
- Food and drink
- Literary criticism
- Market reports
- Politics and international relations
'Emma has worked on a variety of titles for Reaktion Books, and for each project she has been an excellent, conscientious proofreader. Emma's comprehensive knowledge ensures that she always delivers impressively incisive and discerning work. I highly recommend.'
Amy Salter, Editor, Reaktion Books
'Emma is an excellent freelance proofreader whose services I used regularly for many years. She provides work of an extremely high standard every time and is very adaptable, reliable and consistent – and always to deadline … I can’t recommend her enough.'
Simon Taylor, former Editorial Manager, Key Note
'Emma is a fantastic proofreader. She is thorough, diligent and flexible. She really puts my mind at ease!'
Lucy Mowatt, former Group Editor, Archant Dialogue
'Emma offers an extremely reliable and friendly service and works across a range of the humanities and social science subjects titles we produce. I have no hesitation in recommending Emma’s editorial services.'
Jo Bottrill, Managing Director, Out of House Publishing