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Having enjoyed careers in local government finance and dental practice management, I returned to my first love of language and writing in 2015, offering freelance proofreading and copy-editing services.
The bulk of my work has been on a variety of educational resources, mostly in MFL German, Accounting and Business Studies, for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Pearson, Hodder (via Hart McLeod Ltd), and Palgrave (via Integra), as well as reports for the OECD (SIGMA) and IFRS Foundation. I have also enjoyed working on travel guides, some self-published fiction and self-published books on early music and management, along with some language revision work for a non-native English-speaking history academic whose book was subsequently published by Manchester University Press.
Proofreading, copy-editing, editing non-native English, foreign language proofreading (German), foreign language copy-editing (German), German audio checking, developmental/substantive editing
Books, educational materials, government/NGO reports, language course materials
Freelance since 2015; Practice Manager, Wrenthorpe Dental Care, 2000–2015; Professional Accountant, Leeds City Council, 1988–2000
Editing References (Publishing Training Centre) 2020, Educational Publishing update (SfEP) 2018, Copy-editing 2: Headway (SfEP) 2017, Practical Mark-up of PDFs (SfEP) 2017, Basic Proofreading V4 (ELE) by Distance Learning (Publishing Training Centre) 2016, Grammar at Work (Publishing Training Centre) 2016, Editing and proofreading music (SfEP) 2016
Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Pearson, Hodder (via Hart McLeod Ltd), Palgrave (via Integra), OECD (SIGMA), IFRS Foundation and various self-publishing clients
educational (German, Business Studies)
government (British, European, local)
health and social care
music (baroque, classical, choral, lieder (German), religious/worship, theory, vocal studies)
BA German and Philosophy, ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management, Accounting professional qualification Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
I have seen from your mark-up on the Business books that you did a good job on those – thank you! I can’t imagine they were the easiest of titles.
Kate Mackinnon, Out of House Publishing
I'm really pleased with what you've done – thank you.
It's been great working with you on [the project]; it seemed to go very smoothly! The handover notes are really clear and it's helpful that you've outlined some global decisions you took regarding the presentation of the material.
Lindsey Evans, OUP
Karen Hill (our Head of Programme) asked me to let you know: "Please let Sarah know that we appreciate her work and are increasing her rate accordingly." High praise indeed!
Laura Roberts, OECD
I'd just like to say a really big thank you for your attention to detail and the skill you brought to the work. It's been enormously helpful to have your professional perspective on the manuscript. Your comments were perceptive and helpful; I've acted on all of them. In addition, it has been a great help to have you amend my errors and to bring a greater consistency to the prose. Your technical expertise has made a huge difference and I have been learning as I've worked through the amendments. Finally, thank you also for picking up on the various omissions and inaccurate usages. The plan is to do some more writing over the summer, so I hope I'll be able to call on your services again in due course!
Mike Gershon – Trainer, Writer, Consultant
Sarah has been a pleasure to work with – always cheerful, flexible and accommodating. Her attention to detail (including the formatting of tables, financial statements, ledger accounts and formulae) was a real asset to the project. I look forward to working with Sarah again in the future.
Ellicia Pendle, Pearson
Sarah's work as Editorial Lead on a German for the IB Diploma project was invaluable. There were several complex components to manage through each proof stage and feedback from many different stakeholders to collate. Sarah handled the project professionally and methodically with very clear communication, and her work was of a very high standard throughout.
Tom Parker, Cambridge University Press