Mrs Karen Cox

Karen Cox Editorial
Membership Grade
Professional Member

About Karen


Copyeditor, proofreader: academic and general non-fiction (music and humanities); children’s fiction. Lover of macros and keyboard shortcuts.


  • Books
  • Theses and dissertations


Freelance since 2017


  • Copyediting 3: Progress (CIEP) Year: 2021 
  • Copyediting 2: Headway (SfEP) Year: 2019
  • Practical Markup of PDFs (SfEP) Year: 2019
  • Introduction to Copyediting (SfEP) Year: 2017
  • Editing and Proofreading Music (SfEP) Year: 2016
  • Basic Proofreading (PTC – Merit) Year: 2014


Taylor & Francis


Wordcatcher Publishing

Birmingham City Council

Cardiff University School of Music: PhD candidates


Music (musicology, classical, history of music, education, piano, notation, religious/worship)

Academic non-fiction (music, humanities)

General non-fiction (self-help, wellbeing)

Children's fiction




BA in Music


I recently commissioned Karen to proofread a project for me in my current role.  Having worked with a wide variety of freelance proofreaders in my seven years working in the publishing industry, I personally would have no reservations in recommending her work, which was of high standard. The project was returned both on budget and on schedule, with an excellent list of author queries which proved invaluable in tying up loose ends and improving the overall text. The authors commented that Karen's proofread had added considerable value to the text.

Production editor, academic publisher

Karen was recommended to me to proofread my PhD thesis and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Karen was extremely diligent with the task in hand, always happy to answer my many, many questions, and completed the job within schedule and to a standard I could never have achieved alone. In fact, her devotion to the work went far beyond the words themselves; her seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge of all things written aided me in producing a beautifully presented thesis which was attractive to look at and as clear and well articulated as possible! I cannot recommend her highly enough. Thank you, Karen!

Matthew Bromley, PhD candidate

I have totally enjoyed working with Karen on my PhD thesis. Karen introduced to me an extremely well-organised way of managing different aspects of my writing. Thanks to her, the consistency, clarity and overall presentation of my thesis have improved significantly, which I certainly would not be able to achieve on my own. I am now much more confident in my thesis and feel much more ready for my viva than before, especially since I am a non-native English user. The many things I have learnt from Karen and her work are invaluable to my development as an academic. Thanks, Karen!

Yue Zhuo, PhD candidate

When I decided to have my book proofread by Karen, I had already read it about fifty times and was pretty sure that things were looking quite okay – so I was naturally surprised when Karen found so many ways to improve the text. From grammar and punctuation to formatting and even legal requirements in publishing. For someone like me who was about to self-publish her first book, Karen's comments and advice were just invaluable. I'm so glad that I went the extra mile and entrusted my baby (my book) to Karen for proofreading.

B.K. Chu, self-publishing children's author


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