I am a highly experienced copy editor and sub-editor, with 30+ years of experience. My editing specialisms include financial materials of all kinds, working with self-publishers (chiefly memoirs and non-fiction, but occasionally fiction) and cleaning up non-native English. I’m willing to tackle almost any subject and I work for both publishers and non-publishers. I also specialise in writing press releases and corporate publications. Client-focused, flexible, excellent organizational skills, used to tight deadlines. I work only on screen. Happy to work in-house locally.
I am also a freelance journalist, writing for various publications, and so understand how important your writing is to you.
- on-screen copy-editing
- on-screen proofreading
- editing English by writers whose first language is not English
- editorial consultancy and critiquing
- plain English
- website editing and content
- corporate writing
- ghostwriting and speech writing
Finance: banking, investment banking, regulatory, tax, accounting, fintech, blockchain, Brexit, journal articles and theses, general
Business: Brexit, B2B, e-business, management, blockchain
Fiction, memoirs, erotica - for print, e-books and Kindle
Culture: food, drink and recipes, popular music, gender studies and women’s issues, fitness and health
English as a foreign/second language (EFL/ESL)
Third sector: charities, housing, disability, human rights
Personal development: general, sexuality, relationships
- Books and e-books
- Magazines and newsletters
- Corporate literature
- Press releases
- Online content, websites, marketing
Financial Reporting Council, IMD, Hoxby, GoCardless, Congleton Chronicle, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Intelligent Sourcing Magazine, Hodder & Stoughton, Wolters Kluwer, Open Data Institute, Black Solicitors Network, Manchester City Council, Exacta Translations, Recruitment & Employment Confederation, Capita, Unbound Books, Bloomsbury, European Bank for Research and Development, Constable & Robinson, plus individual self-publishers.
BA Ord. English & Inter Arts 1988
City & Guilds Licentiateship (LCGI) in Editing Skills 2012
- Newsletter Strategies for Journalists (Knight Center for Journalism) 2021
- Medical Editing (CIEP) 2020
- SfEP conference 2019
- SfEP conference 2018
- SfEP conference 2014
- InDesign CS6: Editorial (London College of Media and Journalism) 2013
- Kindle Publishing (JCUK) 2012
- SfEP conference 2009
- SfEP conference 2008
- SfEP conference 2007
- SfEP conference 2006
- SfEP conference 2005
- Introduction to Equity Analysis (BPP Hyperion) 2002
- Brush Up Your Grammar (SfEP/SENSE) 1998
I’ve nearly finished going through the document and I must say that you’ve done an excellent job – I’ve accepted almost all of the changes you made and your comments have been very useful. I’m also going to take on board many of the plotline issues you’ve identified. This will mean heavy rewrites of at least one or two chapters, which will take some time. It would be good if you could could spin your magic over them when I’ve finished.
Massive thanks to Louise who has ploughed through a book two colleagues and I have written recently as subeditor and two rounds as a proofreader. If you're looking for someone to put that final polish on a book, I can recommend nobody more highly.
Guy Clapperton, Clapperton Media Associates (2020)
I'd been aware of Louise for a while before I had the chance to hire her as editor on a book I was writing. She proved she had a superb eye for detail and maximum flexibility for accommodating my fluctuating schedule and the book was upgraded instantly as a result. I therefore had no hesitation in asking her to sub-edit and proofread Intelligent Sourcing Magazine when I became managing editor the following year; she has proven herself efficient, friendly, proactive when it comes to making processes easier and she offers excellent value. I would recommend her wholeheartedly.
Guy Clapperton FPSA, Speaker, writer, media trainer
Louise has done proofreading and editing for us since 2012, and she has always been fast and done a good job, been willing to help and friendly. I can recommend her and her services to others.
Maria Danielsson, project manager at Exacta Translations (Sweden)
Louise was recommended and came top from among five other financial research specialist editors. Her company PlainText has provided an excellent service: always on time, discreet and often to very tight deadlines. She has been a pleasure to work with over the past 8 months and hope this relationship continues. Am delighted to recommend her for editing work.
Nick Louis, Partner at Avouch Capital UK LLP
I want to thank you enormously for the terrific job you have done. Your experienced input has taught me a lot (and humbled me a little, too). Thank you for persevering and getting this all done on time, it is really appreciated.
Niall Enright, SustainSuccess Ltd
Thank you so much for doing such a good job as copy editor on my work. I enjoyed very much working with you, and hope I might one day be blessed with doing so again.
David Monaghan, co-author, Jack the Ripper’s Secret Confession
Thank you. You've done a fantastic job and been more than kind about all my various messing around on timings. I will wholeheartedly recommend you to people.
PhD student, University College London
Thank you very much for your amendments, I have learnt a lot from this.
PhD student, Oxford University
Louise did the copywriting for our entire charity website and did a fantastic job. It was a pleasure working with Louise as everything was completed when she said it would be and she was always prompt with replies. Louise is very friendly, patient and always willing to help and go that extra mile. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her copywriting services. Thank you!
Emily Campbell, charity manager, Communication Matters