Louise Lubke Cuss

Professional Member
Location Hampshire, UK
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Web www.wordblink.com


Copyediting; proofreading; on-screen proofreading and copyediting (PDF and Word); editing and localizing non-native and translated English; editing/proofreading books for self-publishers and publishers; liaising with authors/editors and collating changes; website editing/proofreading; proofreading/QC of subtitles


Academic and other non-fiction books, children's chapter books, illustrated books, multi-author books, marketing materials, manuals, newsletters, essays, theses and dissertations, websites, annual reports, press releases, presentations


BA English, Linguistics; MA Children's Literature; PGCE (Primary)


I have been a freelance proofreader and copyeditor since 2012. Currently the majority of my work is copyediting or proofreading memoirs and business/coaching/self-help books for self-publishing clients, as well as regular work for business clients. I have over 100 books in my portfolio.


  • The Art of Querying (CIEP) 2022
  • CIEP Conference (online) 2022
  • Copyright (CIEP) 2022
  • CIEP Conference (online) 2021
  • Editing Memoir (Tanya Gold) 2020
  • CIEP Conference (online) 2020
  • References (CIEP) 2020
  • Editing with Word (SfEP) 2017
  • Introduction to copy editing (SfEP) 2014
  • SfEP Conference 2014
  • Proofreading mentoring programme (SfEP) 2013
  • Getting work with non-publishers (SfEP) 2013
  • Proofreading problems (SfEP) 2013
  • Digital proofreading (Publishing Training Centre) 2012
  • Basic proofreading by distance learning – Merit (Publishing Training Centre) 2012

My clients include

  • Self-publishers (business, coaching, memoirs, self-help)
  • Translation and services companies in the EU
  • A UK publisher of books on environmental/permaculture/horticultural themes
  • Authors of SpLD assessment reports


Anthropology, business, coaching, cookery, education, environment, gardening, gender studies, horticulture, human resources, linguistics, literature (mainly children’s fiction), memoir, permaculture, politics/history, self-help, sociology, training, travel memoirs


Please click on the link to see some examples of books I have worked on.


Working with Louise was a great experience all the way through. As a first-time author I did not really know what to expect and Louise guided me beautifully throughout the entire process making me feel safe and relaxed. She brought so many intiatives to discuss and decide on together. Her edits of my book ensured bigger flow and clarification of my own thoughts. I was impressed by her dilligence, care and work ethics. I would highly recommend Louise and will come back to use her service for all my future books.

Zana Goic Petricevic, founder of Bold Leadership Culture and author of Bold Reinvented.

It was a pleasure to have Louise copyedit and proof the manuscript for my memoir Badgeland. It was reassuring to work with someone so helpful, flexible and communicative. Louise has an incredible eye for detail and I was surprised at the depth of the accuracy checking she undertook including dates, names, events and even song titles. I look forward to working with her again on my next book. 

Steve Rayson, https://www.steverayson.com/

You are incredibly thorough and all your changes and suggestions make so much sense and have hugely improved my manuscript. Having read it through a zillion times before I sent it to you, I confess I wondered how much you would find that needed work – and now I know! I couldn't be more pleased and more committed to the importance of having an MS copy-edited by a professional. You are also the perfect person to work with – patient, helpful, good at communicating and do things when you say you will – and I look forward to working with you on the next book.

Mary-Jane Houlton, author of the In Search of a Simple Life series of memoirs

It has been a pleasure – and very worthwhile – having you on board!! I would never have had the time, patience or vision to see what you saw! It will be a better book because of it. 

Della Judd, author of Get the Job You Really Want in a Post-Pandemic World

I’d highly recommend Louise … With an excellent eye for detail, I’d not only recommend Louise for book editing, but also for articles, blog posts and proposals where accuracy is essential. So much so, that I’ve now recommended Louise to many of my clients who are going through a similar journey, and I also asked her to contribute to my book.

Karen Williams, Book Mentor at Librotas and author of Book Marketing Made Simple and Your Book is the Hook: how to write, publish and promote the book that will build your business

I wanted to thank you for all your painstaking work. You have been wonderful, and I am full of appreciation. 

Prophecy Coles, author of Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapeutic Perspectives on Stepfamilies and Stepparenting (Routledge)

A heartfelt thank you from Arve and I for doing such a thorough and conscientious job! We truly appreciate it. If ever we submit an MS to Routledge again we will ask to have you assigned as our copyeditor if at all possible.

Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Arve Hansen, co-editors of Cars, Automobility and Development in Asia (Routledge)