Editor, copy-editor and proofreader based near Edinburgh, Scotland, with over 20 years' publishing experience both in-house and freelance.
I work with publishers, authors, businesses and museums on educational, academic, narrative non-fiction and fiction projects, whether they are for online, electronic or print publication. My specialisms are in the arts and humanities, with a focus on history, society, film, literature and general fiction, especially Fantasy. My MA in German with European history and my MLitt in Fantasy Literature fruitfully complement each other in my work. Although my experience is mainly in project management, editing, copy-editing and proofreading, I have also typeset books (using 3B2 and QuarkXPress) and worked in electronic publishing, as well as website creation, writing and editing (WordPress). Since going freelance in 2008 I have also been mentoring 'beginning writers', helping them improve their writing and prepare it for submission to publishers or for self-publishing.
I welcome all enquiries and provide a prompt, friendly, confidential and professional service. For more information, have a look at my website editingforwriters.com, or email me: [email protected]
Copy-editing, proofreading, plain/clear English, anglicizing, developmental/substantive editing, editing non-native English, project management, research, rewriting, website editing, writing.
Books, educational materials, illustrated books, journals, multi-author books, online materials, specialist papers, dictionaries, websites/blogs.
Freelance since 2008; Managing Editor, Canongate Books, 2004-2008; Project Manager, National Library of Scotland, 2001-2003; Editor and Project Manager, Chambers Harrap, 1997-2001.
Efficient Editing (SfEP) 2018, Proofreading Progress (SfEP) 2018.
Canongate Books, Birlinn Ltd, Collins Learning, Hodder Gibson, Edinburgh University Press, Sandstone Press, Stirling Publishing, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Pearson Education
archaeology (Scottish), children's/teenage publishing (educational/informative, English, history; fiction), fiction (adult, crime/mystery/thrillers, literary, popular, science fiction/fantasy), history (British, European, World War 1, World War II)
MA German with European History, MLitt Fantasy Literature, Postgraduate Diploma in Information Studies with Librarianship.
I’ve really appreciated Helen’s proofreading work and her professional, responsive communication. Thank you Helen!
Joanna Ramsay, editor, Collins Learning
Helen has been working with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland’s publication team as a copyeditor, proofreader and project manager for over a decade. She is a pleasure to work with, establishes great working relationships with our authors and is always prompt and responsive. Her experience with editorial work makes her insight and input into our style guide particularly valuable.
Catherine Aitken, managing editor, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland