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I offer the experience of an Advanced Professional Member of the CIEP for copyediting and book production for academics, businesses and authors to:
- make sure your words speak clearly and 'sell'
- prepare your manuscript for the publication process
- help self-publishing authors across a range of genres to cope with the whole, undeniably confusing, process of getting their books out there
- design and typeset books and general publications, e-books and websites.
Please visit my website for full details and references.
Membership: Partner member of ALLi, The Alliance of Independent Authors
- development editing
- on-screen editing
- editing non-native English/for Plain English
- website editing
- Use of Adobe's Creative Suite for design and book production
- website design
- ebook formatting
- cover design
- multi-author books
- government reports
- theses and dissertations
- company literature
- illustrated books
- travel guides
- online materials
Freelance since 2000.
Training includes: Creating ebooks (Publishing Training Centre) 2012; Grammar at Work (PTC) 2012; Plain English for Editors (2019); Copyright for Editorial Professional (2020); Word for Practical Editing (2020)
Support for self-publishing authors, from developmental editing, through copyediting and proofreading, to design and publication.
Professional, timely work for businesses and academic publishers (e.g. Palgrave Macmillan, MUP, Ashgate, Routledge – full listing on website).
Social sciences, humanities, biography/autobiography, fiction, children's books
Especially: crafts (textiles/quilting/sewing), dance and theatre, business, food and drink, fitness/health, gardening/horticulture, sustainability, travel
InDesign/InCopy, Acrobat Pro, WordPress, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
First of all let me thank you for your very thoughtful and thorough editing.
Kurt Huebner, Author and Volume Editor of National Pathways to Low Carbon Emission Economies
We had a technical report for produce for an electricity distribution network to summarise multiple phases of research conducted. This was a very tight turnaround with limited time for our internal quality checks to be implemented. Alison was able to very quickly comprehend the technical information, and provide an amended and edited document within the tight timescales required.
Dawn Mulvey, Impact Market Research
I … find the text really improved. A fantastic job creating flow and better understanding.
Paul McQueen, Hotlifestyle
Thanks for the good job
Sunrise Setting – academic copy editing
Needless to say I am very grateful for your diligence and professionalism in the work.
Francis Rothery – Missional: Impossible! for Wipf and Stock
Alison has brought order and direction to my writing, where required, inviting me to consider what might be expressed better and bringing sense to some of my more chaotic ideas … without over editing and slowing the flow. This she has achieved with the diplomacy and tact common to all good editors and essential when dealing with temperamental authors and their work.
Simon Baseley, author
Please extend to your copyeditor who did the proofreading my acknowledgement and thanks for her good work.
Newgen Knowledge Works – author feedback
Dear Alison, It has been for me a pleasure working with you, I am overwhelmed by the book, so a big Scottish thank you and I will keep in touch.
Richard Glass – autobiography, The Long Journey
Dear Alison, Thank you for your professional and continuous support during the editing process of the book which included the insertion of numerous images in each of the chapters and the names of Japanese people and places. Your patience with my requests for corrections was very much appreciated.
Susan Carpenter, Forget the Third Arrow and Behold the Old World Order
Alison was really helpful, friendly and gave me lots of advice for the next stage of my book. I employed her to edit and prepare my book for publishing … One of the stages I had problems with was the cover page … Alison was brilliant and she managed to sort out the right pixel size and placed the fairy dust, font and colour of the cover page. Alison solved a lot of other formatting issues for me. She is very professional and helpful and I couldn’t have produced my books if it wasn’t for her.
Tracey Bryant, The Dog Poo Fairy/The Wildlife Rescue Fairy
I’ve always believed that every book should benefit from a professional edit. Sadly, this isn’t a hard and fast rule in these times of self-publishing and print-on-demand. Alison has solved many problems for me as a writer and as a publisher. In the first (writing) instance, she doesn’t allow my scribblings, which can be a little eccentric, to drift too far into obscurity and always brings the narrative back into proper perspective. In the second (publishing) instance, she has been invaluable to Gatecrasher Books, solving all the finicky problems associated with formatting, design, registry, accounts, etc., that I am either too busy, too confused, or too lazy to do myself. Thanks Alison.
John McDonald, writer and publisher, Gatecrasher Books
Anyone who needs a designer and typesetter if you are writing a book, article etc you HAVE TO USE Alison Shakspeare, she is amazing, it looks like my book “Teaching Dyslexics how to Read and Write Music”, is going to be finalised very shortly and it would have been impossible without Alison’s skill and professionalism, she also does websites!!! An absolute godsend that I found her because I was panicking bigtime, her attention to detail is phenomenal
Deborah Aloba, singer and teacher