Mrs Samantha Lacey

Membership Grade
Advanced Professional Member

About Samantha


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I have run my own editorial business since 2014. Here is an overview of my services, but I'm always happy to discuss any type of editorial or writing work.

Editorial project management: Long-term projects or short-term cover

Editorial services: Copyediting; line editing; development editing; proofreading; digital checks; listening/audio checks; styling Word manuscripts

Other editorial tasks: Content mapping across ELT courses; content development; wordlist compilation/phonics checking

Adaptation: Americanization / Anglicization

Writing: ELT materials, non-fiction gift books, children's rhyme, short stories and fact books


I work for both individual authors and large publishers. My clients include: Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press & Assessment, HarperCollins Children's Books, Pearson Education, York Press, Cengage/National Geographic, Garnet Education, YoYo Books (Belgium), Summersdale Publishers (Hachette).

Subject specialisms

English, Humanities, Children's books (fiction and non-fiction), English Language Teaching (ELT) student and teacher books.

Past experience

Production Editor & Editorial Manager, Garnet Education, 2013–14; UK Publications Controller, Education Development Trust, 2012–13; Contracted freelancer, 2010–12; Production Controller/Editor, CfBT Education Trust, 2003–10.

My published books


Publishing Training Centre, Copyediting: Merit

CIEP Efficient Editing

Writing ELT Materials (online course run by two well-known ELT authors)

Avallain Author introduction/training (webinar - soon to be studying for the certification)

An Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion (webinar from Ladybird Education)


I recently worked with Sam and she was brilliant. She took on a challenging editorial task and returned it in a fantastic condition. She has excellent communication, and I look forward to working with Sam again. (Laure Gysemans, Project Editor at HarperCollins Children's Books)

Sam has been a continuous pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her for any copyediting or proofreading project. She is quick and efficient but also flexible. She always provides thoughtful feedback and genuine enthusiasm. She is trustworthy and consistent and is a top choice for our projects. (Anna Whitcher, ELT Image Makers)

Sam is always quick to respond and polite. The style sheet she created was extremely helpful; it provided a great amount of detail and her edits were very detailed, too. (Hannah Caton, Pearson)

Sam always answers within a few hours which is great especially when working on a busy, time sensitive project. She has really high attention to detail and she goes above and beyond the brief. (Pam Ruffo, Pearson)

It’s always a pleasure to work with Sam. Not only does she have a great eye for detail, but she is efficient, organised and an excellent communicator. (Claire Berrisford, Summersdale Publishers)

We use Sam's services regularly and she is a pleasure to work with. Always extremely efficient and accurate with her work, with helpful suggestions and great attention to detail. We look forward to working with her again soon. (Sarah-Beth Wilding, Education Development Trust)

Sam has been incredibly helpful with editing my children’s creative writing book. Her guidance, editorial direction and contacts were invaluable. Sam was punctual and thorough when delivering the work and replying to my email enquiries. I highly recommend Sam for editorial and proofreading work and will return for any future support I may require. (Julie Glaus, Author)



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The CIEP Directory of Editorial Services should be considered a point of first contact and prospective clients must satisfy themselves that members are capable of the work on offer. The Institute cannot be held responsible for the quality of work provided by any member listed in the directory. The members themselves are responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of their entries in the Directory and the CIEP has not made any attempt to vet them. The institute cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in the Directory. Inclusion in the Directory as a freelance does not necessarily mean that the member is self-employed as defined by HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions.


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