Directory of Editors

Helen Bleck

Helen Bleck_editor-proofreaderSfEP Entry-Level Member

Specialisms: structural and copy-editing, proofreading, manuscript feedback, project management

Preferred subject areas: fiction and narrative non-fiction;
arts and humanities educational, academic and reference

After more than twenty years’ experience both in-house and freelance, I enjoy working on a wide variety of projects: everything from novels and children’s books to study aids, academic texts and journal papers, as well as less formal non-fiction. My recent Masters in Fantasy Literature is particularly helpful when I’m working on fantasy or science fiction, fruitfully complementing my MA in European History with German.

My clients include Birlinn, Canongate, Collins, ELC Museums, Edinburgh University Press, Hodder Gibson and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, as well as individual writers at varying levels of experience, from beginner to established.

I am reliable and prompt, and always available to discuss your project. Do get in touch!

LinkedIn: Helen Bleck

Sam Boyce

Sam BoyceSfEP Entry-Level Member

Specialisms: Development editing

Preferred subject areas: Full length commercial fiction (all genres), literary fiction, narrative non-fiction

I’ve been working with writers professionally for over 20 years, as a literary agent, editor and most recently as head of the MA in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University. I now run Sam Boyce Writers’ Consultancy full time.

I work with draft manuscripts to identify issues of structure, style and technique, and use a combination of written feedback, line edits and dialogue (face to face or via Skype) to help the author develop solutions. I also provide troubleshooting assistance for creative work-in-progress.

A full manuscript assessment service and flexible development packages are available for beginners, self-publishing writers and those aiming for a commercial publishing deal.

Mobile: 07720 811 814
Twitter: @SamBoyceEditor
LinkedIn: Sam Boyce Editor

Marie Campbell

Marie CampbellSfEP Intermediate Member

Specialisms: proofreading, writing

Preferred subject areas: fiction, business communications; work in any area considered

I offer proofreading services and will consider work in any area, although my particular specialisms include fiction and business communications.

I’m a freelance writer and proofreader with over 20 years of experience in the public sector. I have extensive experience in writing, editing and proofreading internal and external communication products, learning and development material, presentations, newsletters, reports, minutes and fraud referrals.

I have completed training via the SfEP, Publishing Training Centre and Publishing Scotland, and also trained with the Plain English Campaign.

Recent work has included proofreading books (fiction and non-fiction), CVs and business communications and academic essays.

I also write fiction, and contribute to an online magazine, Lothian Life.

For further information, please see my website, or contact me to discuss your requirements.


Sarah Campbell

SfEP Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading, (re)writing, research

Preferred subject areas: arts, humanities, social science; academic, non-fiction, fiction, educational materials

I offer professional copy-editing and proofreading services across a wide range of subjects. Following 25 years in academic and government social research, I draw on my experience of undertaking, commissioning, managing and publishing social policy and public sector research and professional training in copy-editing and proofreading.

I’ve built up an extensive portfolio for a range of clients including Birlinn, Routledge and Policy Press. Projects include copy-editing multi and single author academic books and journal articles, non-fiction books and a thriller, as well as proofreading theses and dissertations and editing material translated into English. I often work with authors for whom English is a second language.

I’m committed to ensuring that you get your message across clearly and accurately in your preferred format, bringing attention to detail and sensitivity to matters of style.

Mobile: +44 (0)7851 064381

Joanna Chisholm

Joanna ChisholmSfEP Advanced Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading, project managing, typesetting

Preferred subject areas: general non-fiction, gardening, sports

I am an experienced professional who offers a reliable, efficient and friendly service and who has a City & Guilds Licentiateship Award in Editorial Skills. I am comfortable handling all editorial, design and typesetting tasks involved in producing an illustrated or unillustrated book, magazine or brochure, from delivery by an author through to print-ready PDFs.

I have edited a wide range of non-fiction including instruction manuals, encyclopedias, academic tomes, transport history, popular biographies and profiles of dramatists. Bestsellers on which I have worked include World Atlas of Golf (Hamlyn) and the RHS A–Z Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers (Dorling Kindersley).

I trade under the name of Wordsense. For further information please email me (, visit my LinkedIn entry or click on the logo below to view my website.

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Catherine Clarke Ouhib

catherine-clarke-ouhibSfEP Intermediate Level Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading and writing.

Preferred subject areas: history, politics, social science, world religions, other non-fiction work.

I have an MA in History from Edinburgh University and have taken courses with the SfEP in copy-editing and proofreading. I have copy-edited magazine articles and proofread work for humanities students whose first language is not English.
I also write for SISTERS magazine, so I am always mindful of respecting the author’s voice when editing work.

I usually work in Word using Track Changes or on a Google document. I can work on paper using BSI symbols or on a PDF.

LinkedIn: Catherine Clarke Ouhib

Gillian Cloke

Gill H&S1SfEP Entry-Level Member

I have worked in editing since 1998, freelance since 2005. I have experience in commissioning, writing, project management, development and editing to production. I’m also a published author in my own right (with Routledge) – so am experienced in both sides of the debate!

I offer the complete range of editing services – trouble-shooting a specialty! Project managing, writing / re-writing, research, copy-editing. Experienced working in education, history, music, religion, medicine, architecture, literature and advocacy (mental health, disability rights, special needs, elder care).
Satisfied clients include Routledge, Cambridge University Press, Birlinn, Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).


Belinda Cunnison

Belinda CunnisonSfEP Advanced Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing

Preferred subject areas: humanities and social sciences

I have been proofreading and (mainly) copy-editing since 2000, working on multi-author books and monographs, journal papers, reports and dissertations. I have a track record in editing academic writing in humanities and social sciences, often by writers whose first language is not English. Usually I work on screen with the aid of tracking facilities, enabling the client to accept or reject changes.

I understand the importance of clear written communication and know how distracting small errors and verbal infelicities can be to the reader. I will correct any errors in grammar and spelling, repetition, omission, awkward expression and inaccurate ordering of headings or illustrations, and query anything that is unclear to me. I can ensure that your document is clear, accurate and ready for use.

Recent clients include Edinburgh University Press, Cambridge University Press (journals), Boydell & Brewer, ECPR Press and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (Glasgow).

Telephone: 0131 467 4237
Mobile: 07766 966421
LinkedIn: Bel Copyediting

Lesley Ellen

Lesley EllenSfEP Advanced Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing

Preferred subject areas: public policy, politics, economics, sustainable development, business and marketing

Experienced copy-editor and proofreader, and coordinator of the SfEP’s local Edinburgh group.

I work with academics, research organisations and think tanks on journal articles, research papers and other academic publications. I also work with organisations and companies on marketing and promotional materials. Specialist subjects include public policy, politics, economics, development economics, sustainable development, international relations, marketing, corporate communications, and business and organisational management.

My degree in French helps me understand some of the issues faced by non-native English speakers when writing academic texts. I am experienced in working with authors for whom English is a second language, and I also work with translation agencies to create clear, correct and natural English in translated material.

I welcome all enquiries and provide a prompt, friendly, confidential and professional service. Please email me or visit my website for further information.


Angela Gardner

Angela GardnerSfEP Advanced Professional Member

Specialisms: copywriting, copy-editing and proofreading

Preferred subject areas: business, education, science, technology, public affairs, chemistry

I work with words to create products that are clear, accurate, well-structured and effective. I have experience of many different formats, styles and requirements. Clients include publishers, businesses, public bodies and charities. Macmillan Education described me as ‘a very sharp editor, and a pleasure to work with’; an author writing for Routledge said my input was ‘invaluable’; and a global training company praised my ‘process, punctuality and thoroughness’.

I have a BSc (Hons) in Polymer Science & Technology (Chemistry) and achieved Distinction in the Publishing Training Centre Basic Proofreading course.

I established the public affairs consultancy AJ Enterprises in 1994 following 10 years with BP, first as research technologist then as senior public affairs officer. I also research, write and publish the learning and skills digest, Informed Scotland.

Twitter: @ajentscotland

Hannah Grego

EEN pic HG.pngSfEP Professional Member

Specialisms: Writing, re-writing, editing and proofreading

Preferred subject areas: Business, finance, non-fiction, arts and humanities, literature and fiction

I’m an experienced writer, editor and proofreader, specialising in fiction, financial services and business writing.

My role is to help you articulate your ideas as effectively as possible in writing. You can count on me to be diplomatic, respectful and encouraging, whilst still giving you the comprehensive support and constructive feedback you’re looking for.

My credentials are as follows:

  • Trained in Fiction Editing and Proofreading by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders
  • Trained in Copy-Editing by Publishing Scotland
  • Member of the Professional Copywriters’ Network
  • First Class MA Hons French Literature & Language, with Italian and English Literature
  • Awarded the University of Edinburgh’s F. C. Green prize for French Literature
  • MSc in Film
  • Running a successful writing and editing consultancy since 2011.

Please visit my website at or get in touch at to discuss how I can help with your project.

Kat Harvey

kat-harveySfEP Professional Member

Specialisms: Line editing, copy-editing, proofreading, ghostwriting

Preferred subject areas: Genre fiction, creative non-fiction, history, crime, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, thriller, erotica, adventure, paranormal

I’m Kat, editor and proofreader, avid consumer of stories, based in central Scotland, accepting work from all over the world. I provide professional editing and proofreading services to writers of genre fiction and creative non-fiction.

I am supportive, enthusiastic, approachable, creative and efficient. I love reading and aim to help bring as many good books into the world as possible. Editing is my passion. You can rely on me to give your work the respect it deserves, giving definition to your voice without drowning it out.

I provide a free sample edit so that you can see if you like my approach before hiring me. Trained in proofreading and copy-editing by the SfEP and Chapterhouse, I am also a member of the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals.

LinkedIn: Kat Harvey Athenacopy

Shirley Henderson

Shirley HendersonSfEP Advanced Professional Member

Specialisms: clear editing and writing for print/web

Preferred subject areas: public/third sector information materials, equalities, gender-based violence, rights-based/legal, social research/policy, social/environmental

A language graduate, I have run my successful copy-editing/copywriting business for over 20 years. Previously, I was an information officer for a Scottish charity and then managed a guidance project for women returners.

My ethos is about making sure that written communication is open and honest, and understandable to target readers; a client described me as the ‘queen of clarity’.

Recent projects:

  • Parenting Across Scotland (monthly bulletin/web articles/annual report)
  • Social Research Association (Research Matters quarterly magazine/Social
  • Research Practice biennial journal)
  • Crofting Connections (case studies; summary of academic evaluation)
  • Scottish Government Equalities Unit (Equally Safe monthly bulletin)
  • Legal Services Agency (preventing eviction)
  • Victim Support Scotland (volunteer information)
  • media coop (website for Shakti Women’s Aid)
  • Blake Stevenson Ltd (policy paper for environmental charity)


Liz Hunter

Liz Hunter photoSfEP Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, writing

Preferred subject areas: social sciences, literature, art

Humbie Editorial is based in the beautiful East Lothian countryside. I provide everything for the client from a spelling and grammar check to a substantial copy-edit which looks at consistency, layout, reference formatting and appropriateness of language.

I work mainly on social science academic texts for publishers and on articles
and PhDs for students and academics, often those who have English as a
second language. I also work on a freelance basis editing the Official Report (Hansard) for the Scottish Parliament.

Recent satisfied customers include ecpr, Wearset, Swales, the Oxford Language Editing Service, the Norwegian Defence Institute and Quantic at the University of Glasgow.


Linsay MacLean

Linsay_MacLeanSfEP Intermediate Level Member

Specialisms: Proofreading, writing

Preferred subject areas: any area considered

Whether you’re an academic, a student, an author, a business or producing copy for whatever reason, having it properly proofread, ensuring spelling, punctuation, grammar and layout are correct, will help it to be the best it can be.

I proofread in Word (using Track Changes), on PDFs or on hard copy using BSI marks and pride myself on working to deadlines and on my communication with clients.

My experience includes: undergraduate/postgraduate essays/theses; academic journal articles; various novels; a non-fiction book; business documents; website content; local newsletter articles. I often proofread work by non-native English speakers and I also proofread for dyslexic students.

With over 25 years’ marketing experience in both public and private sectors, I also provide a marketing consultancy service for small businesses.

Mobile: +44 (0)773 800 4513
Twitter: @linsaymaclean
LinkedIn: Linsay Maclean
Facebook: @lmconsultingscotland

Christina Morris

Christina MorrisSfEP Advanced Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading, copy rewriting, research

Preferred subject areas: science, education, law

I have a BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, PhD in Plant Sciences, Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Biology) and a law degree, LLB (Hons).

I offer a professional, timely and accurate service to clients including academics, professional organisations, publishers, businesses and individuals. I have extensive experience of scientific materials, particularly journal papers, grant applications, and teaching/assessment materials, gained from over 25 years in science research, education and management. I also provide editorial services specifically tailored to law academics, practitioners and writers, my expertise including academic publications, advice documents, contracts and patent applications.

I have trained as a copy editor and proofreader through courses offered by the SfEP and other providers internationally. I established CMEditorial in 2013.

Recent editing projects have extended to fields as diverse as Islamic finance and aspects of social science.


Alison Platts

Alison PlattsSfEP Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading, writing, rewriting

Preferred subject areas: social sciences, social policy, social research, government and governance, justice, health and social care

I am a freelance editor and researcher. I offer a range of editorial services including proofreading, copy-editing, writing and rewriting. I will consider work in any area, but have particular knowledge in the fields of social science, social policy, social research, government and governance, and additional expertise in the areas of justice, and health and social care. Recent commissions have included academic theses, research reports, corporate literature and educational resources.

I have a degree in social policy and a background in social research, and am particularly interested in work that makes use of both my research and editorial skills.

I provide a quality service, and bring professionalism, integrity and attention to detail to all my work.


Verity Shaw

verity-shawSfEP Intermediate-Level Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading, anglicising, rewriting, indexing

Preferred subject areas: fiction, history, art history, illustrated art catalogues, illustrated cookery books, modern architecture

With over 230 freelance editorial projects under my belt, I relish every new challenge!

Past and present clients include the Ashmolean Museum, the British Library, Collins, Edinburgh University Press, Granta, HarperCollins, the National Museum of Scotland, Portobello Books, Thames & Hudson and Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

The diversity of my client list is only matched by the sheer variety of subject-matter I enjoy working on: from 200,000 words on world religions to The Times Great Irish Lives, Obituaries; from plays by Shakespeare to murder mysteries by Agatha Christie to historical ones by Bernard Cornwall; from Chelsea Football Club’s Personal Pension Plan to beautifully illustrated cookery books by Nigel Slater and tomes on modern architecture.

Email me, please, to discuss how I can help you.


Juliet Wilberforce

Juliet WilberforceSfEP Intermediate-Level Member

Specialisms: proofreading and copy-editing

Preferred subject areas: Latin, French, humanities, health, education, additional support needs and children’s play advocacy

I possess a BA (Honours) in Latin, training in Medieval Latin translation for archives, and a Postgraduate Diploma in European Languages and Marketing. I have undertaken proofreading and copy-editing training with SfEP.

My editorial experience includes academic journal publishing (public health and medical education). I have also edited newsletters, annual reports and how-to guides for charities and medical societies. Associated skills are commissioning articles, copy-writing, event marketing, strategic and project management.

I welcome all enquiries (including those from academic students) and can offer a fresh eye, high standards and some editorial polish. I work on screen or on paper. I pride myself on being able to meet deadlines so please contact me to discuss your project and timescale.

Phone: 07539 677287
LinkedIn: Juliet Wilberforce

Tim Willis

Tim Willis SfEP Entry-Level Member

Specialisms: proofreading, copy-editing

Preferred subject areas: Business plans and reports, grant applications, research proposals, pitches for funding, product specifications, technical writing, technology, marketing, CVs, academic theses

BA Linguistics, MSc Cognitive Science, PhD Informatics

Having commercialised my doctoral research at Edinburgh University, I have extensive experience across business and academic writing.

I have held three university research posts, and tutored Linguistics and Human Communication. I competitively raised £132,000 for two tech startups, and in 2015 was awarded a prestigious Enterprise Fellowship by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

I have been editing others’ work for over 20 years and enjoy working on a variety of genres, particularly current affairs, politics, scientific research, history and more. I have often worked for non-native speakers of English. I am very happy to discuss your project without obligation and see how we might work together, so please do get in touch.

Tel: 07714 759035
LinkedIn: Tim Willis

Gale Winskill

photo_Gale Winskill

SfEP Advanced Professional Member

Specialisms: structural and copy-editing, proofreading, critiques, training

Preferred subject areas: fiction (adult and children’s) and general non-fiction

Does your book need some professional TLC to get it ready for publication, for either self-publishing or by traditional means? Look no further! As a trained editor with over 25 years of in-house and freelance experience across fiction, children’s fiction and non-fiction, as well as academic and business materials, I can help you present your work to its best advantage to your chosen audience.

Past and present clients include HarperCollins, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Royal Commission on the Historic and Ancient Monuments of Scotland, Parragon Books, and many others, as well as independent and self-publishing authors throughout the world.

No subject too obscure; constructive feedback guaranteed. All questions and projects considered.

Take a look at my website for more details about me and my work, as well as client testimonials, or drop me an email.

I look forward to hearing from you.


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