I am an experienced and qualified copy-editor and proofreader.


Professional

I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. Advanced Professional Members have 'a high degree of competence and substantial experience in copy-editing or proofreading'.

I trained as an editor with the Publishing Training Centre, achieving a Pass with Distinction (90% and above) in Basic Editing in 2001.

I regularly update my skills with training courses and attendance at conferences.

In 2010 I was awarded the Licentiateship of the City & Guilds Institute in Editorial Skills.

I am a tutor on the SfEP's Editing with Word course, to which I contributed, and a mentor in proofreading for the SfEP.

I am a member of the Glasgow Editors' Network.


Academic

My academic background is in ancient languages (Greek, Latin and Hebrew). I have an MA (Hons) in Greek and Hebrew, and a PhD in Greek. Additional subjects I studied at university level include English literature, Greek philosophy and Classical Babylonian. My knowledge of French, German and Italian is often useful in my editing work.


More background

I have written four commissioned books:

Variety without Disorder: St Columba's School, 1897–1997 (St Columba's School, 1998)
Old Maybole and North Carrick (Stenlake, 2000)
Old Stewarton, Dunlop and Lugton (Stenlake, 2001)
The Merchants House of Glasgow 1605–2005 (The Merchants House of Glasgow, 2004)

It was writing the first of these that led me into editing as a profession. No matter how well researched and carefully written, all books benefit from the attention of another pair of eyes. Having experience as an author, I understand the sensitivities involved. As an editor, I take care to handle all my correspondence with authors with tact and good sense.

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