|Location||Keswick, Cumbria, UK|
I've been providing friendly, reliable and thorough editorial services to regular and new clients since 2009. I enjoy working with academics, businesses, and authors of fiction and non-fiction books from around the world.
I think that good editing fully preserves the author's voice and message while providing clarity, consistency and accuracy. This requires communication and trust between author and editor. I very much enjoy creating strong editorial relationships, combining skills developed over many years with a friendly, down-to-earth approach.
Please see my website for further information or contact me to discuss your project's editorial needs.
- Copy-editing, proofreading, and proof-editing (all on-screen or hard-copy).
- BSI proofreading marks.
- MS Word tracked changes.
- PDF proofreading markup.
- Independent fiction and non-fiction writers: copy-editing and proofreading. I work on manuscripts intended either for self-publishing or for submission to agents/publishers.
- Business writers: copy-editing, proofreading, and proof-editing. I work on a wide range of content including business reports and plans, professional development articles, blog posts, and presentations.
- Academic writers: copy-editing and proofreading. I work on monographs, journal articles, and funding applications. (Note: in line with academic regulations, basic proofreading is the only service I offer for PhD theses and other assessed work).
- PhD: Law - passed with no corrections.
- MSc: Social and Community Research - passed with distinction.
- LLB (Hons): Law - 2:1 (upper second).
- CIEP (Copy-Editing).
- CIEP (Editing with Word).
- CIEP (Fiction Editing).
- Chapterhouse (Proofreading)
- I have over a decade of professional editorial experience and training.
- I have previously worked as a lecturer, academic researcher and director of a research unit. I also worked as a study skills adviser whilst completing my PhD, which involved helping students to develop their writing skills. I apply the experience and skills gained in these roles both to my editing work itself and to my method of communicating with clients.
"Karen was deft, inconspicuous, tactful and thorough. It was a pleasure working with her. I've worked with a lot of copy-editors over the years, and Karen has been a particular joy."
"Karen copy-edited my debut novel, 'Fairy Boys'. Handing over any piece of work for review and collaboration can be uncomfortable at best. For me, submitting 'Fairy Boys' was a daunting thought, as the subject matter is so very near to my heart. Karen made me feel instantly comfortable. After submitting a small excerpt, and receiving the copy-edited sample back soon after, I was not only calmer but also genuinely excited to share my work with her.
The entire process from start to finish was handled with such effortless care that it really gave me confidence in that I was in very safe hands. When I received my manuscript back I was thrilled with Karen’s work; the text lifted right off the page and flowed incredibly elegantly.
I also took advantage of Karen’s proofreading services, which were exceptional; she picked up on any further discrepancies and more. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough."
"Dr Karen Atkinson has provided peerless editorial assistance. Her contribution goes beyond even this, however, as she has provided insight through thoughtful comments on chapters' structure and rigour. This volume was immeasurably improved by her participation, and we are grateful."
Dr J. Picton & Dr J. Sigafoos
"Working with Karen was a pleasure. She is not only very professional in her approach to editing, but also a lovely person to work with. Her attention to detail and continuity was excellent, but at no time did she alter writing style - something I was most concerned about. Also, if she asked for clarification on a topic, she had invariably picked up on a weak spot, making the end result much improved.
I had spent some time looking for an editor who I felt I would be comfortable working with, and on finding Karen, I instinctively felt she was the one. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her."
"Karen is not only an amazing professional who offers a tailor-made, detailed, efficient editing service, but is also an understanding, kind and caring human being. Her comments demonstrated her deep understanding of the complex legal text and her help was hugely appreciated. I highly recommend her services for the high quality of her work."
"My native language is Spanish, and I have written many books in that language. But, in the last five years, I decided to write in English and submit my work to English publishers, because the themes I developed in my last books are a multidisciplinary mix, including neurobiology, evolutionary theory, ecology, philosophy, physics and astrophysics. Everyday science and conceptual reflection have opened their barriers to the idea that we, human beings, and the planet are part of a magnificent whole. You can imagine what is to write in a second language and to try to publish in such a demanding linguistic culture as the English one.
Well, I found Karen Atkinson. I was aware that I needed someone with an excellent knowledge of English, but who was able to understand the complexity of this type of book. She fulfilled and exceeded my expectations. Besides her warm openness, Karen has a magnificent ability to softly transform a correct but ugly way of saying something into shining prose. Or to correct badly written phrases, understanding perfectly well what I was trying to say. After accomplishing an efficient and precise schedule of work with Karen, I submitted the manuscript to an English publisher. I copy here a brief summary of the opinion of several reviewers for the publisher: 'It is a book meticulously written, informative, and a thought-provoking read'. Proofreading by the publisher indicated just a few small details. Naturally, the work had been previously done by Karen."
"Karen is extremely knowledgeable, professional, patient, fast, very attentive to detail – simply brilliant! As the editor of my children’s book 'Little Monstrie’s Big Adventures', she helped me express exactly what I wanted in the best possible way and in my own voice. As a bilingual writer and filmmaker, I’ve worked with dozens of editors and proofreaders over the years, and Karen is definitely one of the very best! I’m happy to have her on my team!"
"Working with Karen has been excellent. She is very reliable, eagle-eyed and supportive. The idiosyncracies of my draft work were addressed thoroughly and she made observations which were thought-provoking and astute. Usually these prompted me to clarify a point or strengthen the line of argument. We negotiated the timeline and she always managed to turn work around as agreed. This ensured I was able to meet some tight deadlines. I have no hesitation in recommending her."
"After a long and unsuccessful search for a copy-editor that I felt comfortable with, I was lucky enough to find Karen through a chance internet search. From the first email I received, I knew she was the one. Karen is immediately warm and understanding in her approach. As a sensitive first-time novelist, I was unsure of the process, but Karen guided me through. Karen’s copy-editing is absolutely incredible. I have a very colloquial personal style which I have no doubt is very challenging to edit. Not only did Karen fully copy-edit my novel to a very high standard, but she managed to do it while still keeping my personal voice. Karen kept to all deadlines as promised and replied to all of my questions in a timely fashion. I thought the copy-edit process was going to be awful - watching my novel being ripped to shreds. It could not have been more different. The process was like watching my novel blossom. I can not recommend Karen enough, and I hope that she will be available to work with for any further publications I write."
"Karen offered an admirably thorough and professional proofreading service, in collaboration with the writer, and was prompt and reasonably priced. I would recommend her without hesitation."
"It has been great to work with Karen. She has been a thorough and dedicated editor, helping turn my rough draft into a polished manuscript. Karen carried out a copy-edit and proofread of my novel - and thank goodness she did! As an author, you spend so many hours poring over your work that it's easy to make continuity errors and fail to spot small mistakes. Karen's feedback and edits ensured that my final manuscript looked professional and ready for publication.
Karen has also been very flexible, juggling assignments to achieve timelines. This has been invaluable when it has taken me longer than anticipated to complete sections of my manuscript."
"I spent ages debating whether having my manuscript copy-edited would be a cost-effective and worthwhile process. I'm so very glad that I did, and that I chose Karen to support me. Her attention to detail, inciteful suggestions and candid comments have most definitely enhanced the finished product. I would not hesitate to recommend Karen as a copy-editor."
"Karen recently edited my book, Chester: City of Ghosts. I used to teach English, so didn't really think I needed her expertise - was I wrong! Karen's input was invaluable. She noticed the tiniest details and just polished my prose until it shone. I am so grateful I called on her for help!"
M. A. Cameron
"My book, Fat is our Friend, was written in an attempt to de-mystify and clarify the complex and often misleading "official" nutrition guidelines. Yet it is written in the form of a story, outlining my personal journey – my voyage of discovery. This necessitated working with an editor who had a close eye for detail when it came to all the scientific references, yet one who also understood the importance of a good story-line. "A little more Daily Mail than Scientific American" was my brief (apologies to both journals) and Karen helped me here, combining accuracy (such as clarifying spelling uncertainty and references) with the ability to significantly improve the quality of my prose. In this context, numerous passages were re-written to improve understanding. Karen brought the benefits of approaching this complex subject from a distance and yet got involved enough to be able to make useful and constructive suggestions. I thank Karen and recommend her work and the quality of her advice wholeheartedly."