Liz Dalby / Responsive EditingAdvanced Professional Member
Expert editing that fits your needs / Resourceful, reliable, creative / 24 years’ experience
If your project includes text, I can help you get it right.
I’ve been an editor since 1998 (freelance since 2008), and come highly recommended. I work at every stage of the publishing process, from development and copyediting to proofreading and localisation. Alongside my editorial business I also work as a mentor in copyediting and proofreading for the CIEP, and I’m one of the Institute’s commissioning editors on the information team.
I’m a proficient user of InDesign as well as Word for copy-editing and Acrobat for proofreading. I often edit text in layout, and can also lay documents out for you. Over the years I’ve helped to make thousands of projects publishable.
I’m happy working on a wide range of subjects for a general readership, but some specialist areas include architecture, art and design, fashion and culture, videogames, children’s reference and cookery. My background is in trade and educational publishing; as well as books I now work in a range of published media. I also enjoy working directly with academic clients, and have recently copyedited subjects as diverse as rediscovered historical forms in Islamic buildings, French literature in film, and cloud-based software architectures.
For example, I also edit technical articles, application notes, press releases, blog posts and company websites. Why not contact me with your requirements, and let’s see how I can help?
Copyediting, proofreading, page layout, writing/re-writing, development editing, localisation, plain English editing
- Freelance since 2008
- Senior editor, Quarto Books, 2006–08
- Project editor, Scholastic (educational), 2005–06
- Editor/writer, Usborne, 2001–05
- Editor, Miles Kelly, 1998–2001
- BSc Architectural Studies
3dtotal, British Library, CIEP, City & Guilds, Design Museum, Genesis Publications, International Baccalaureate, Laurence King, Penguin Random House, Publitek, RIBA, Tate Publishing, Thames & Hudson, York Notes
I also work with independent authors and academics.
Having been a professional writer and editor for more than 20 years, I asked myself whether I really needed a proofreader to look at my book, Copywriting Made Simple. As soon as I saw Liz’s markup, I realised that I absolutely did. She picked up dozens of slips and inconsistencies that I’d missed, diligently checking everything right down to third-party citations and brand names, and made many thoughtful suggestions for ways to improve the readability and clarity of the text. I thoroughly recommend Liz’s service to anyone working on a non-fiction book or any other longform project.
Tom Albrighton, ABC Copywriting
Liz is a highly capable, sensible, meticulous and efficient editor and I’m always confident that she’ll do a great job, whatever the task. She’s a reliable, safe pair of hands and a delight to work with.
Emma Poulter, Tate Publishing
Liz has proofread three titles for me now and has always supplied the files back to me before the deadline, which is always appreciated. Liz can also take in her marks on InDesign without a problem, which makes the whole process seamless.
Charlene Fernandes, Assistant Editor, Quarto Publishing
I have had the pleasure of working with Liz over the past seven years. Reliable and accommodating, she is a ‘safe pair of hands’ for editing and proofreading RIBA Publishing titles.
Richard Blackburn, Head of Production, RIBA Publishing
Liz has worked on many books across our list and I would highly recommend her as a reliable, punctual and sensitive editor and proofreader.
Abbie Day, Editor, The British Library
I have worked with Liz on two book projects and found her to be a thorough and insightful editor. I enjoy working with Liz as she is very adaptable and open to different subjects and styles – from niche Japanese type design to the resurgence of psychedelic counterculture – and a pleasure to engage with on a day-to-day basis.
Evie Tarr, Thames & Hudson
Working with Liz was fantastic. She was thorough, communicative and super-efficient throughout the whole process. I needed someone who could work with InDesign and Liz was perfect for that particular requirement. I would recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone needing editorial work.
Ashley Edge, author
I pretty much approved all your suggested edits. Was impressed with how you sharpened the text yet retained my tone of voice. Very happy with it.
Wietse van der Werf, Sea Ranger Service