Richard Sheehan

Professional Member
Location Leicester, UK
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Welcome! ​I am a qualified copy-editor and proofreader, and I have worked on over 200 books. I specialise in fiction and general non-fiction. In fiction, I have worked in a number of genres but I specialise in historical fiction, science fiction, literary fiction, thrillers, fantasy and horror.

As a qualified freelance copy-editor and proofreader, I am meticulous and flexible, and I offer an editorial service covering all areas of written material and publications. I am a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and have been trained by the Publishing Training Centre and the SfEP. I wrote part of, and act as a tutor on, the Introduction to Fiction Editing course run by the SfEP. I have also provided editing workshops and masterclasses for The Literary Consultancy, The Society of Authors, the Historical Novel Society, Leicester Writes, Writing East Midlands and Leicester Writers' Club.


I offer line editing, copy-editing, proofreading and proof-editing.


The Literary Consultancy, Ebury Publishing, Pan MacMillan/Tor Books, Wellcome Collection, Troubador Publishing, Intuitus Ltd, Hodder & Stoughton, Arvon Foundation, The School of Life, Alliance Publishing Press, The History Press, Biteback Publishing, The Robson Press, Stork Press, Roman Books, Black Library, self-publishing clients


  • Books
  • Journals
  • Company reports
  • Newsletters
  • Catalogues


Freelance since 2012, I have worked on over 200 books and many other forms of documentation.


Content, SEO and Editing ( 2018, Brush Up Your Grammar (SfEP) 2017, Introduction to InDesign (Certitec) 2014, Copy-editing skills (Publishing Training Centre) 2012, Introduction to copy-editing (SfEP) 2012, Basic proofreading by distance learning – merit (PTC) 2011


Fiction (general, literary, crime/mystery/thrillers, historical, romantic, science fiction/fantasy/horror, short stories, anthologies), non-fiction (general, history, memoir, biography, self-help/popular psychology), information technology (computer technology/software/hardware, networks, internet, IT security, technical support), literary studies (critical editions, literary criticism), sport (cricket, football, general)

Equipment and software

PC & Mac, Microsoft Office, PDF-XChange, Adobe Acrobat


Richard's copy-edits and proofreads are always extremely thorough, comprehensive and professional. A number of our authors have expressed their gratitude to Richard for providing such a high-quality edit

Lauren Lewis, Troubador Publishing Ltd

Richard tackled a long manuscript that included numerous terms from Southeast Asian languages with meticulous dedication. He noted a number of infelicities and embarrassing repetitions – thus improving and refining my work enormously

Christopher Hale, non-fiction writer, producer and director

Richard is the consummate professional and an absolute joy to work with

Marisha Pink, author of Finding Arun