Julie Pinborough

Location London
CIEP Professional
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Website Julie Pinborough | The Word Room
Blog The Word Corner

Fiction and non-fiction editing

The most crucial decision you can make when looking for a copyeditor or proofreader is to find the right one to match your needs. From the moment a client first comes to me, I aim to develop a relationship of both understanding and trust so we can make their words the best they can be. 

If you find yourself stuck and unable to move forward or in need of someone to make your words and story come alive, talk to me. I'm non-judgemental and hard to shock.

What I do

New authors – I love working with new authors and guiding them through the first stages of crafting their manuscripts. I spend a lot of time writing in-depth editorial reports and really digging deep into their story and characters so I can help the author move to the next level with their writing. Developmental editing is one of my favourite forms of editing because I get to work within the story and help to bring it to life. 

Experienced authors – Working with experienced authors is always a delight because they already have a wonderful understanding of the process a manuscript goes through to reach publication. My input always aims to make their words flow and pop even more. 

Academic editing – Having spent eleven years in academia, specifically law, I understand the rules, the boundaries, the importance of peer reviews, and the essential elements to a strong academic paper.

About me

I've been editing for most of my career, especially during my years in academia. I'm not just a qualified copyeditor and proofreader, though; I'm a dog owner, writer, a mediocre photographer, and a victorious chocolate eater – which leads me to be a procrastinating runner. 

As a writer of academic papers and an author of non-fiction and fiction, I know what it's like to be on both sides of editing. My aim, therefore, is to make it a motivational and engaging experience for my clients. 

Qualifications, training and experience

Professional affiliation and experience

  • Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)
  • Member of ACES: The Society of Editors

Training and CPD

  • Essential Proofreading – Publishing Training Centre
  • Fiction Editing – CIEP
  • BA Hons English Literature and History (Queen Mary University of London)
  • LLB Hons Law (Queen Mary University of London)


I offer a range of services, including:

  • Copy-editing
  • Proofreading
  • Proof-editing
  • Manuscript assessment
  • Developmental editing
  • Content writing and management
  • CV assessment and development

To find out more, please visit my website or feel free to email me. 


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Working with Julie has been an absolute pleasure. She is efficient, organised, courteous and goes above and beyond when deadlines are tight. Julie has worked with PA EDitorial on a large project for the last few months, she has provided expert assistance, worked well independently and successfully assisted with the management and delegation of work when required. We would not hesitate to ask Julie to assist us with future projects.

Lizi Dawes 

Executive Director 

PA EDitorial

Julie's homepage copywriting is excellent — something of a masterclass, in fact! It’s powerful and persuasive but doesn’t feel excessive, and there’s no over-claiming going on. She makes every word count, works hard when it comes to layout and choice of images – including ‘cool and current’ elements such as Social Media links.

Lee Lillie 


Julie was professional, accurate, and dealt with my need for a fast turnaround. My deadlines were exceptionally tight, and yet at short notice, she managed to review a piece of academic writing and get it back to me checked and proofread, including my very long and complex references. I was impressed at every turn.

Julie didn’t let me down with my second piece of work either, some reflective writing, ensuring she reviewed with an exceptional eye for detail and accuracy.

I do not hesitate in recommending highly, Julie’s services.

Louise Stratton 

Asset Manager

Oxford University

From the first communications we had, it was obvious Miss Pinborough, a law professional herself, was scrupulous: with a keen eye for detail as she proofed, queried and edited every word of the guidance we were compiling for a student initiative.  

Her drafting skills are impeccable. She was able to research points of law, draft appropriate letters adopting that law, and mastered complex facts with very little notice, as well as meeting deadlines for me.

She has a professionalism to the nib of her pen whilst also being a digital media specialist, whether for the purposes of communications, research or presentation and marketing, I would recommend her for small and corporate projects alike.

Obviously trained to work with words at the highest professional level, I would not hesitate to ask her to assist in future endeavours.  

Katherine Toogood 


I know from first-hand experience that Julie’s attention to detail is second to none.  Not only does Julie ensure that material is free from error, but she enriches it and makes it a more compelling piece of work.  Julie is adaptable and can work with a variety of different types of material. No matter what is thrown at her, and no matter how short the timeframe, the quality of Julie’s work remains of a consistently exceptional standard.

Karl Laird 

Lecturer and Tutor 

Oxford University

I am happy and would like to thank you for a job well done. The accompanying documents are clear and the table of content you added is so helpful. Thank you for your professionalism.

Bolaji R

PhD Student

 Julie's intuition is second to none. She is utterly dedicated to providing edits of the highest quality within a very reasonable timeframe. Her timekeeping and turnaround under pressure are exemplary. Julie’s warm, buoyant, and professional attitude is infectious and her interactions with colleagues and clients at all levels are always very positive. She displays a high level of expertise and knowledge in all aspects of her role. Julie is always willing and ready to assist when and wherever she can, including at very short notice. We feel very lucky to have such a proficient, committed copyeditor on board.

Emma Smith

PA EDitorial