Mary Hobbins

Advanced Professional Member
Location The Business Blend Ltd, FERNDOWN, Dorset
Telephone 01202 891 021
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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


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); Editors Canada Structural Editing Standards, L3 Proficient; many years in business/ corporate environment


Freelance business since 2010


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; Structural Editing Standards (Editors Canada/Queen's University, Kingston) 2020; Plain English for Editors (CIEP) 2021


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


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), 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)


I was so excited to get this appraisal and even used a little of my long weekend to have a read through. Please pass my thanks to Mary, she has been incredibly kind and insightful and I feel encouraged looking at her report.

Draft manuscript assessment, 2023

Thank you for your Herculean labours on this project, and keeping us on course and on time.

Partner at a commercial law practice, 2020

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