Mary Hobbins

Advanced Professional Member
Location The Business Blend Ltd, FERNDOWN, Dorset
Telephone 01202 891 021
Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web www.businessblend.co.uk

Skills

Commercial business materials and non-fiction published texts

Development editing, structural editing, technical editing, material critique, copy editing, proofreading and proof-editing for businesses, publishers and authors

Media

Business communications (internal and external) including blogs, downloads/freebies, email templates, handbooks, manuals, marketing flyers and brochures, newsletters, reports, social media posts, tenders, training materials, websites and any other communications you need to distribute

Non-fiction and academic books, multi-author books, journal articles, secondary and tertiary level textbooks, professional examination textbooks, study guides and e-learning materials

Qualifications and awards

BSc Hons 2.1 History of Science, Technology and Medicine; Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner (APMG); many years in business/ corporate environment

Experience

Freelance business since 2010

Training

Basic Proofreading (PTC) 2009, Copy Editing (Horn) 2010, Editorial Project Management (Horn) 2010, On-screen Copy Editing (PTC) 2010, Presenting Corporate Internal Communication (IoIC) 2012, Introduction to Global English (STC) 2013, Marketing Communications as a Strategic Function (OU) 2014, Introduction to Journal Publishing (ALPSP) 2015, Citation Analysis (ALPSP) 2015, References (SfEP) 2016, Editing for the Web (Copyediting) 2017, Towards the Trusted Advisor (IoIC) 2017, Web Editing (SfEP) 2018, Getting into Technical Editing (Copyediting) 2018, Developmental Editing for Nonfiction (Lawler) 2019

Clients

I work with businesses of all sizes and publishers including Cambridge University Press; HarperCollins; Oxford University Press; Royal Society; PM companies for BCS, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Sage journals, T&F journals and others

Subjects

Agriculture/ farming, archaeology (incl. classical, early civilisations, Egyptology, prehistory, Roman), antiques and museum studies, astronomy (popular), banking, business (business administration, B2B, history of, management, office practice/skills, organisational behaviour and development, quality standards, personnel development, risk analysis, small business, theory), earth sciences (popular), economics, history (ancient, architecture, genealogy, heritage, industrial, medicine, science, technology, transport), home and leisure (popular, consumer, games and puzzles, gardening), political science, social sciences, tourism/travel (social geography, ecotourism, Europe, UK, USA)

Testimonials

I cannot thank you enough for all your work ... I am very grateful for the level of detail in your editing as well as all of the comments on ways to improve.  Really excellent work.

Development and structural edit for a private client, 2019

Thanks for letting me know this is all completed. I will certainly recommend you to [XYZ], who is taking over my role. I have also recommended you to [another organisation] too.

Project manager, 2018

Thanks Mary. As always I deeply appreciate your precision and eye for detail. 

Journal editor, 2017

Thank you again for all your work on this project – I realise it’s been a complicated one, and it looks like you’ve done an amazing job of proofreading and collating a lot of complex corrections. I very much appreciate your help on this one, and I look forward to working with you again.

Production manager, 2017

These [LaTex] files look great ...

Production manager, 2016