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My background is in law, business and writing and I specialise in copyediting legal texts and fiction. I have had three books published (The Blue Cabin, 2006; Still on the Sound, 2009; and Gentle Giant, 2013), so I understand the writer's perspective on the editing process. My aim is to provide clients with a flexible, fun and efficient service with a view to building lasting relationships.
- Copyediting (law and fiction)
- Proofreading (law and fiction)
- Novel development (AKA fiction editing | developmental editing | line editing | content editing | structural editing)
- Web content
Equipment and software
PC; Adobe Acrobat Pro (with proofreading stamps)
Qualifications and awards
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
FICTION: wide experience of text assessment, content editing / developmental editing, rewriting and proofreading of novels in most genres, for publishers and self-publishers (for the latter, advice and assistance for every stage of the process from first draft to submission or self-publication).
NON-FICTION: proofreading of material in numerous fields for publishers and corporates (specialties: law and business).
Mentoring scheme in proofreading (SfEP) 2012; Proofreading Problems (SfEP) 2012; Basic Proofreading by distance learning (Publishing Training Centre) 2011; Introduction to Copy Editing (SfEP) 2016; Editing with Word (SfEP) 2016.
- Pearson Publishing Ltd
- Blackstaff Press
- Globe Law and Business Ltd
- Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
- Bradt Travel Guides
- Globe Business Publishing Ltd
Literary fiction, commercial fiction, law, politics, wildlife, horses, travel, USA, art, biography, island life, off-grid living, writing skills, boating, care of the elderly
‘Hats off – this is great work. Really chuffed with your approach to the text and the style … We appreciate proofers who will adopt an elegant scepticism to everything.’
Carolyn Boyle, Managing Editor, Globe Business Publishing Ltd
'You did a brilliant job of the final read and the mark-up was really clear.’
‘Thanks Mike. Extremely thorough, and just what the ms needed.Your proofing was spot-on, as well as all your comments on the text itself.’
John Barlow, author of Hope Road, Father and Son, Communion of Saints, Islanders, Everything but The Squeal
‘I would strongly recommend Mike’s services. His work was of a very high standard, and being a writer himself, he had many insightful and useful suggestions. In addition to this he is one hundred percent trustworthy, which having been conned by online proofreaders before, was of vital importance to me: he was honest about deadlines, stuck to them and only asked for payment when the work was finished and I was happy. I would definitely use him again.’
Julian Pollard, author and musician (www.themachinebreakers.com)
'Michael really paid attention to the detail of the thesis, and was so particular in his comments. My document read much better after his editing. My supervisors, too, were impressed!!! He is truly amazing, very efficient, friendly and professional, and delivered the work on time against a very tight deadline.'
Angelina, University of Edinburgh
‘Mike was everything I could ask for and more in an editor, he had an excellent eye for detail, which is what every writer needs. He picked up inaccuracies that I had failed to notice in my work, gave me great advice and made structural changes in order to improve it. He was professional and friendly at all times, but above all, he was very meticulous and thorough, tying up all the loose ends that could destroy a good narrative. As an author I needed an editor who was as passionate about my book as I was; it seemed the heavens favoured me by giving me Mike – in short, he became the fairy godmother of my book, albeit as a man.’
Seja Majeed, author, The Forgotten Tale of Larsa