Frances Cooper | Specialist editing for nature writers

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Location Shropshire, UK | Clients worldwide
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Proofreading, copyediting, writing, re-writing, research/fact checking


Nonfiction books, academic books and journals, illustrated books, children's books, travel guides, magazines, corporate literature, websites/blogs, interpretative materials, educational materials, brochures and marketing


Freelance proofreader/copyeditor since 2016; Biodiversity Officer/ Dartmoor Mires Project Manager, Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2002–2015; Woodlands Officer, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, 1996–2002; Scottish Wildlife Trust, 1991–1996


  • Word for Practical Editing (CIEP 2021)
  • Copyediting 3: Progress (CIEP 2020)
  • Efficient Editing (CIEP 2020)
  • Introduction to Fiction Editing (SfEP 2020)
  • Copyediting 2:  Headway (SfEP 2018)
  • Proofreading Mentoring (SfEP 2018)
  • Proofreading Progress (SfEP 2017)
  • Practical Mark-up of PDFs (SfEP 2017) 
  • Basic Proofreading (Publishing Training Centre 2016)


  • HarperCollins (Collins Learning and William Collins) 
  • Princeton University Press 
  • Cambridge University Press 
  • Head of Zeus
  • Quarto (The Bright Press)
  • Pelagic Publishing
  • Bloomsbury 
  • Pitch Publishing
  • Bradt Travel Guides 
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Nature journals (via third party company)
  • whitefox
  • Sunrise Setting
  • Plymouth University
  • Leeds University
  • National Trust 
  • Moors for the Future Partnership
  • Independent authors
  • Academics and students
  • Charities


Nature, natural history, wildlife, ecology, biodiversity, conservation biology, species and habitat conservation, countryside management, environment, travel, trekking, sport


BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences


You’ve done a fantastic job working on these spreads, Frances. I’m really happy with the work you have carried out and you deserve a huge pat on the back. It can sometimes be a bit tricky when working with new freelancers but this has been a breeze! I’ll be sure to keep you in mind for future projects. July 2017

[Your edits and suggestions are] a great help and time-saver for me ... The books are always much better with your input.  May 2020

Managing Editor, Collins Learning (HarperCollins)

Frances worked as a proofreader on the copy for our new website. At the outset I asked her if she was willing to do more than proofreading and she was happy to help with editing and fact checking. She worked very professionally and I was impressed by her attention to detail. As well as providing an excellent proofreading service she made sense of some of our text which was overcomplicated. I received high quality work from her and I was able to rely on her to send me work that was ready to upload. Frances was easy to work with, sending regular updates and meeting all deadlines. She exhibited a real interest and knowledge in our work and was a pleasure to work with. March 2019

Jody Vallance, Communications Officer, Moors for the Future Partnership

Frances has great attention to detail. She delivered the project before the deadline. Highly recommended. March 2017

Brilliant work as always. April 2017

Project Manager, National Trust

It [is] good to have your eagle eye on the job. May 2019

… your excellent work. September 2019

Senior Production Editor, Princeton University Press

The edit was excellent … Your queries throughout the process were very sensible. August 2019

Editor, Taylor & Francis

You have done a brilliantly thorough job. May 2020

Editorial Project Leader, Collins Learning