Andrew Dawson

Andrew Dawson - Editor

Hertford, UK

I’m an experienced copy editor and proofreader who is diligent yet speedy and happy to work with authors in any genre, especially business.

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Overview

The good news is that I can work fast, which means you pay me less! But that doesn’t mean compromising on quality.

With 20 years’ experience of fast-paced jobs in journalism, communications and publishing, I know how to work quickly AND meet your high standards.

I began my career as a reporter and quickly learned the value of a good editor who can help shape and improve writing, while preserving the author's integrity and spirit - and how demoralising and frustrating it can be to have your work edited insensitively.

These lessons have guided the subsequent 15 years of my career as an editor of newspapers, magazines, books and professional publications, and I will always treat your work with the empathy and respect it deserves.

Having been a news editor of six weekly newspaper titles and the manager of a busy local authority press office, I know how to work with people to get the best out of them.

Since becoming a freelance editor, I’ve sensitively honed the writing of authors in a wide range of topic areas, from business management to architecture.

I’d love the opportunity to do the same for you. And remember, I won’t be dilly dallying at your expense!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Business & Management
Political Science & Current Affairs
Sports & Outdoors
Travel
Fiction
Dystopian
Humor & Comedy
Science Fiction

Certifications

  • NCTJ post graduate diploma in newspaper journalism

Work experience

Freelance copy editor, proofreader and writer

Self-employed
April, 2017 – Present (about 3 years)

• Proofread various academic publications for the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)
• Wrote case studies for construction firm Willmott Dixon's bid for foundation status
• Copyedited a consultant’s publication on business ethics
• Proofread guide for upcoming product designers

Senior Press Officer

Hertfordshire County Council
September, 2008 – January, 2017 (over 8 years)

• Managed a team of four press officers with responsibility for enhancing and defending the reputation of an organisation with a £1bn budget and more than 20,000 employees
• Responsible for ensuring all communications issued (press releases, press statements, web articles and social media posts) were timely, clear, accurate and reflected the values of the council
• Editor of the 24-page residents’ magazine, Horizons, which was delivered to 480,000 households three times a year; role included copyediting and proofreading content from a range of sources from across the council

News Editor

Herts & Essex Newspapers Ltd
February, 2007 – September, 2008 (over 1 year)

• Managed a team of eight reporters on a busy news desk
• Responsible for the content of six weekly titles in the Mercury series, spanning east and north Hertfordshire, with a combined readership of around 50,000
• Copyedited and proofread hundreds of stories every week to tight deadlines

Portfolio (6 selected works)

The Sales Upgrade: Mastering The Seven Rs of Selling

Hans J Van Order

If you are a talented and ethically grounded sales professional, the most effective way for your customers to get what they want is to do what you tell them to do. Stop “asking for the sale,” and start recommending it. The Sales Upgrade will immerse you in an experiential sales methodology which will allow you to connect on a human level, create value outside of your products and services, and... read more

If you are a talented and ethically grounded sales professional, the most effective way for your customers to get what they want is to do what you tell them to do. Stop “asking for the sale,” and start recommending it. The Sales Upgrade will immerse you in an experiential sales methodology which will allow you to connect on a human level, create value outside of your products and services, and... read more

PHPP Illustrated: A designer's companion to the Passivhaus Planning Package

Sarah Lewis

Passive House is a leading low energy building standard. An important tool for designing Passive House buildings is the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). This book is an essential guide to the PHPP, and sets out clear and easy-to-follow steps for inputting and understanding a building in PHPP. Fully-revised and updated, this new edition provides essential updates on the latest version of ... read more

Passive House is a leading low energy building standard. An important tool for designing Passive House buildings is the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). This book is an essential guide to the PHPP, and sets out clear and easy-to-follow steps for inputting and understanding a building in PHPP. Fully-revised and updated, this new edition provides essential updates on the latest version of ... read more

Small Practice and the Sole Practitioner

Marianne Davys Architects Ltd

This book is a practical guide for students or those already running or thinking of running a small practice on how to set up and run a small architectural practice and how to run multiple small projects efficiently. It is split into three distinct sections: Part 1 begins with the practicalities of setting up a small architectural business; Part 2 goes into detail on how to run your small prac... read more

This book is a practical guide for students or those already running or thinking of running a small practice on how to set up and run a small architectural practice and how to run multiple small projects efficiently. It is split into three distinct sections: Part 1 begins with the practicalities of setting up a small architectural business; Part 2 goes into detail on how to run your small prac... read more

PHPP Illustrated: A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package

Sarah Lewis

All architects hoping to design to the Passive House standard need to know how to use The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP): a set of 30+ linked Excel spreadsheets and a short manual, translated from German into English. A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package provides much needed supplementary guidance for purchasers of the PHPP. Concise, user-friendly and attractivel... read more

All architects hoping to design to the Passive House standard need to know how to use The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP): a set of 30+ linked Excel spreadsheets and a short manual, translated from German into English. A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package provides much needed supplementary guidance for purchasers of the PHPP. Concise, user-friendly and attractivel... read more

Small Practice and the Sole Practitioner

Marianne Davys Architects Ltd

This book is a practical guide for students or those already running or thinking of running a small practice on how to set up and run a small architectural practice and how to run multiple small projects efficiently. It is split into three distinct sections: Part 1 begins with the practicalities of setting up a small architectural business; Part 2 goes into detail on how to run your small prac... read more

This book is a practical guide for students or those already running or thinking of running a small practice on how to set up and run a small architectural practice and how to run multiple small projects efficiently. It is split into three distinct sections: Part 1 begins with the practicalities of setting up a small architectural business; Part 2 goes into detail on how to run your small prac... read more

PHPP Illustrated: A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package

Sarah Lewis

All architects hoping to design to the Passive House standard need to know how to use The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP): a set of 30+ linked Excel spreadsheets and a short manual, translated from German into English. A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package provides much needed supplementary guidance for purchasers of the PHPP. Concise, user-friendly and attractivel... read more

All architects hoping to design to the Passive House standard need to know how to use The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP): a set of 30+ linked Excel spreadsheets and a short manual, translated from German into English. A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package provides much needed supplementary guidance for purchasers of the PHPP. Concise, user-friendly and attractivel... read more

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Hans Van Order
Andrew is an excellent and detailed editor with a fabulous ability to enhance your message while allowing your voice to shine. His editing is on-point, and his suggestions and ideas will only improve your content. He is professional, conscientious, and talented. I would not hesitate to use Andrew for any of my future projects. I highly recommend Andrew if you want your finished work to be clean...
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Hans Van Order, December 2019

Andrew Dawson
Thanks Hans, it was great to work with you too. I wish you every success with your book.

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