Anna Paterson

Anna Paterson - Editor

Castellaneta, Province of Taranto, Italy

Professional editor with more than nine years' experience. I particularly enjoy working on crime and mystery, travel and YA.

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Overview

I am a qualified freelance copy-editor and proofreader with more than nine years' experience. After living in London for more than forty years and balancing freelance editorial work with other employment, I moved to the south of Italy in 2017 and became a full-time copy-editor and proofreader. It's definitely warmer out here, and with four cats (two Italian, two British) every day is an adventure!

I trained with The Publishing Training Centre (PTC) and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). I work with publishers, literary consultancies and self-publishing authors. Publishers I have worked with include Black and White Publishing, Bradt Travel Guides, One World Publications, Sandstone Press and Summersdale Publishers. Literary consultancies include The Literary Consultancy and Cornerstones.

I have copy-edited or proofread the following genres (and the list is always expanding): academic, art, biography & memoir, chick lit, crime & mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, military history, outdoor, romance, science fiction, sport, thriller, travel, Young Adult.

If you are an author looking to submit your manuscript to an agent, for example, I offer both copy-editing and proofreading services that can help perfect your work. I enjoy working closely with the author and am always at the end of an email if you have any questions. At the end of the day, we both want to be happy with the end result!

If you are a self-publishing author looking to get your work out to a wider audience, I can help ensure that the manuscript is the best it can be. I'm here to help. I work on a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, so whatever your project may be, feel free to get in touch and we can take it from there.

I can work on hard copy using the British Standards Institution symbols (BS 5261C:2005), and I can edit on screen using Track changes in Word or the annotations on PDFs.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Sports & Outdoors
Travel
Thriller & Suspense
Horror
Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)
  • Brush up your grammar (SfEP)
  • Copy-editing Progress (SfEP)
  • Introduction to Copy-editing (SfEP)
  • Mentoring Scheme in Proofreading (SfEP)
  • Proofreading Problems (SfEP)
  • Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning - Merit (Publishing Training Centre)
  • BA Joint Honours in French and German - 2:1
  • A Level: French (A), German (A), English (B)
  • GCSE: English, Maths, French, German, Italian, R.E., Child Development, Geography, Biology

Work experience

Copy-editor and proofreader

Self-employed
September, 2009 – Present (about 10 years)

I started copy-editing and proofreading in 2009 and my first job was a band biography. Since then I have worked on a wide range of genres and find it hard to pick a favourite!

I work with publishers, literary consultancies and self-publishing authors. Publishers I have worked with include Black and White Publishing, Bradt Travel Guides, One World Publications, Sandstone Press and Summersdale Publishers. Literary consultancies include The Literary Consultancy and Cornerstones.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Stitch Up (Best Defence Series)

William McIntyre

Everything is coming up roses for Robbie Munro, newly married and living in the country with wife and child. That is until his wife takes up employment abroad just as old flame, Jill Green, asks him to investigate the unexplained death of her partner. Suspecting foul play, Jill insists Robbie turns poacher to gamekeeper and does whatever it takes to find the killer – with no expense spared. An... read more

Everything is coming up roses for Robbie Munro, newly married and living in the country with wife and child. That is until his wife takes up employment abroad just as old flame, Jill Green, asks him to investigate the unexplained death of her partner. Suspecting foul play, Jill insists Robbie turns poacher to gamekeeper and does whatever it takes to find the killer – with no expense spared. An... read more

Italy: Abruzzo (Bradt Travel Guides (Regional Guides))

Luciano Di Gregorio

Bradt's Abruzzo remains the only full English-language guide to this beautiful and increasingly favoured part of Italy. This new edition has been thoroughly updated to cover all developments since the last edition, reflecting the region's growing popularity for holiday homes and as a busy conference destination at the heart of Italy, plus its appeal for wildlife and active tourism, including t... read more

Bradt's Abruzzo remains the only full English-language guide to this beautiful and increasingly favoured part of Italy. This new edition has been thoroughly updated to cover all developments since the last edition, reflecting the region's growing popularity for holiday homes and as a busy conference destination at the heart of Italy, plus its appeal for wildlife and active tourism, including t... read more

Grenada (Bradt Travel Guides)

Paul Crask

Written by Caribbean-based writer and photographer Paul Crask, this new, thoroughly updated third edition of Bradt's Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is the only standalone guide available to this alluring Caribbean destination. With insider knowledge of the islands, from luxurious villas and resorts to pastoral villages and mountain trails, Bradt's Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martin... read more

Written by Caribbean-based writer and photographer Paul Crask, this new, thoroughly updated third edition of Bradt's Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is the only standalone guide available to this alluring Caribbean destination. With insider knowledge of the islands, from luxurious villas and resorts to pastoral villages and mountain trails, Bradt's Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martin... read more

A Message from the Other Side

Moira Forsyth

When Catherine moves several hundred miles away from her sister, Helen says, 'Phone calls aren't enough', but they make it easier to edit the truth. Helen can dismiss Gilbert and his enchanted Factory as 'weird' when she's never met him, and Catherine thinks Helen is foolish for loving the unreliable and dangerous Joe. Neither sees the perils concealed in what they have not told each other or ... read more

When Catherine moves several hundred miles away from her sister, Helen says, 'Phone calls aren't enough', but they make it easier to edit the truth. Helen can dismiss Gilbert and his enchanted Factory as 'weird' when she's never met him, and Catherine thinks Helen is foolish for loving the unreliable and dangerous Joe. Neither sees the perils concealed in what they have not told each other or ... read more

A Parcel of Fortunes

Frank Ahern

A compelling story of one man’s quest to solve a hidden mystery, of shady deals and shadowy threats - and discoveries that make him question everything he knows...Matthew Agnew, a school archivist, is conducting a tour of the historic parts of the school when he is approached by a man he christens Tommy Cooper, because of his striking resemblance to the comic. But there is nothing funny about ... read more

A compelling story of one man’s quest to solve a hidden mystery, of shady deals and shadowy threats - and discoveries that make him question everything he knows...Matthew Agnew, a school archivist, is conducting a tour of the historic parts of the school when he is approached by a man he christens Tommy Cooper, because of his striking resemblance to the comic. But there is nothing funny about ... read more

Run Like Duck

Mark Atkinson

A guide to running for the unathletic, told by a man who fell into the sport almost by accident. Progressing cautiously on a reluctant and unexpected journey to 100 Marathons (and beyond), he learned the hard way from years of getting it wrong. Unlikely to break any records or become a national figure for the standards he sets, he nonetheless has enhanced his life and fitness, taking his long-... read more

A guide to running for the unathletic, told by a man who fell into the sport almost by accident. Progressing cautiously on a reluctant and unexpected journey to 100 Marathons (and beyond), he learned the hard way from years of getting it wrong. Unlikely to break any records or become a national figure for the standards he sets, he nonetheless has enhanced his life and fitness, taking his long-... read more

The Accidental Recluse

Tom McCulloch

Just turned 75, exiled film director Johnny Jackson heads home for one last blockbuster. But going home means revisiting the past, and Johnny's past is a disturbing place. The dead won't tell any tales, but someone else just might.

Just turned 75, exiled film director Johnny Jackson heads home for one last blockbuster. But going home means revisiting the past, and Johnny's past is a disturbing place. The dead won't tell any tales, but someone else just might.

Dead Stock (An Ant & Bea Mystery Book 2)

Rachel Ward

New Year dawns and something is rotten in the market town of Kingsleigh, with a body next to the bypass and pet cats going missing. When one turns up dead at Costsave, Ant and Bea start a new investigation but it’s harder this time, with so much going on in their personal lives: Queenie’s benefits have been cut and Bea is feeling the bite; Ant’s father has been arrested and his family is falli... read more

New Year dawns and something is rotten in the market town of Kingsleigh, with a body next to the bypass and pet cats going missing. When one turns up dead at Costsave, Ant and Bea start a new investigation but it’s harder this time, with so much going on in their personal lives: Queenie’s benefits have been cut and Bea is feeling the bite; Ant’s father has been arrested and his family is falli... read more

Celestial Bodies

Jokha Alharthi

An elegantly structured story of the history and people of modern Oman told through one family's losses and loves.

An elegantly structured story of the history and people of modern Oman told through one family's losses and loves.

Crush in Paradise

A. L. Parr

Crush in Paradise is a love story set on a tropical island with monkeys, hummingbirds, waterfalls and sugarcane ... it's a teen romance like no other! One innocent summer of first love, discovery, secrets and heartbreak all rolled into one. Flying to a Caribbean island for the entire summer before starting university might sound like the perfect getaway, but for 18 year old Evelyn Prinmore it ... read more

Crush in Paradise is a love story set on a tropical island with monkeys, hummingbirds, waterfalls and sugarcane ... it's a teen romance like no other! One innocent summer of first love, discovery, secrets and heartbreak all rolled into one. Flying to a Caribbean island for the entire summer before starting university might sound like the perfect getaway, but for 18 year old Evelyn Prinmore it ... read more

Time Passages

M. Dermott

Young teenagers Archie and Gus can't believe their luck when they are cast as extras in a huge film production in the Cathedral.But their dreams quickly take a sinister turn when they come face to face with infamous characters from the past, plunging them into a perilous hunt for King Edward II's royal jewels - and a dangerous game of fate and consequence. On the run from the enemy, the prospe... read more

Young teenagers Archie and Gus can't believe their luck when they are cast as extras in a huge film production in the Cathedral.But their dreams quickly take a sinister turn when they come face to face with infamous characters from the past, plunging them into a perilous hunt for King Edward II's royal jewels - and a dangerous game of fate and consequence. On the run from the enemy, the prospe... read more

Inside Edmund Carson

Tony Bury

Climb into the mind of teenager Edmund Carson and live through the horror and suffering he single-handedly creates. Following his self-righteous demand for recognition, you hurtle towards a terrifying climax that will leave you stone cold.Brimming with hatred, venom and contempt, Edmund finds a way of exorcising these emotions in the most destructive way possible. Once he has acquired the tast... read more

Climb into the mind of teenager Edmund Carson and live through the horror and suffering he single-handedly creates. Following his self-righteous demand for recognition, you hurtle towards a terrifying climax that will leave you stone cold.Brimming with hatred, venom and contempt, Edmund finds a way of exorcising these emotions in the most destructive way possible. Once he has acquired the tast... read more

Darkness Falls (The Alex Keaton Series Book 4)

Tony Bury

Institutes that breed murderers... A cure that falls into the wrong hands... Is the government involved? Who can you trust? A ‘survivor' of the Brown Institute, Detective Alex Keaton is full of rage as she battles with the demons in her head and struggles to quench her thirst to kill. Meanwhile, the hunt is on to find Alex Keaton as she knows too much and poses a very real threat to the multim... read more

Institutes that breed murderers... A cure that falls into the wrong hands... Is the government involved? Who can you trust? A ‘survivor' of the Brown Institute, Detective Alex Keaton is full of rage as she battles with the demons in her head and struggles to quench her thirst to kill. Meanwhile, the hunt is on to find Alex Keaton as she knows too much and poses a very real threat to the multim... read more

Hurst: A Pandemic Survival Thriller (The Hurst Chronicles Book 1)

Robin Crumby

Where would you go to survive a deadly flu pandemic?An unstoppable virus. Humanity’s last stand has failed. In the aftermath of a devastating global pandemic, what would you do to stay alive?"Mad Max meets The Day of the Triffids", "Terrifyingly realistic", "A perfect blend of science fiction, history and social commentary."The UK survivors of a killer virus hide behind the high walls of a med... read more

Where would you go to survive a deadly flu pandemic?An unstoppable virus. Humanity’s last stand has failed. In the aftermath of a devastating global pandemic, what would you do to stay alive?"Mad Max meets The Day of the Triffids", "Terrifyingly realistic", "A perfect blend of science fiction, history and social commentary."The UK survivors of a killer virus hide behind the high walls of a med... read more

Adventures in the Golden Age: Scotland in the World Cup Finals 1974-1998

Archie Macpherson

The enthralling inside story of Scottish football's golden ageThe 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia mark 20 years since Scotland last qualified for a major football tournament. It's a poignant, painful reminder of the state of our footballing nation. Qualification has never been easy, of course, but the golden age of many memorable and nail-biting nights is well worth remembering – in the hope t... read more

The enthralling inside story of Scottish football's golden ageThe 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia mark 20 years since Scotland last qualified for a major football tournament. It's a poignant, painful reminder of the state of our footballing nation. Qualification has never been easy, of course, but the golden age of many memorable and nail-biting nights is well worth remembering – in the hope t... read more

Downhill From Here: Running From John O'Groats to Land's End

Gavin Boyter

Approaching his middle forties, Gavin Boyter wondered what his life was all about. A Scot living in London, single and with no kids, he was living for the job and the dwindling hope of a career in film. He had been a club runner all his life, pretty good but not at the front all that often. He was what he called an ordinary runner and he came to wonder just what an ordinary runner might be cap... read more

Approaching his middle forties, Gavin Boyter wondered what his life was all about. A Scot living in London, single and with no kids, he was living for the job and the dwindling hope of a career in film. He had been a club runner all his life, pretty good but not at the front all that often. He was what he called an ordinary runner and he came to wonder just what an ordinary runner might be cap... read more

Along the Divide: Walking the Wild Spine of Scotland

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend embarks on a 700-mile walk along the spine of Scotland, the line of high ground where fallen rain runs either west to the Atlantic or east to the North Sea. Walking before the Independence Referendum of 2014, and writing after the EU Referendum of 2016, he reflects on: nature and history, conservation and rewilding, land use and literature, and change in a time of limitless pote... read more

Chris Townsend embarks on a 700-mile walk along the spine of Scotland, the line of high ground where fallen rain runs either west to the Atlantic or east to the North Sea. Walking before the Independence Referendum of 2014, and writing after the EU Referendum of 2016, he reflects on: nature and history, conservation and rewilding, land use and literature, and change in a time of limitless pote... read more

Edmund Carson - The ONE. The Only. (The Edmund Carson Series Book 2)

Tony Bury

Edmund Carson is back!After a two-year killing spree, Edmund Carson's notoriety and fame are beginning to slip. He now has to find new ways to attract the world's attention. For Edmund, killing is not enough; unconditional love - love for his work - is the ultimate goal.Edmund's new methods allow him unprecedented access into establishments and organisations he would never have dreamed possibl... read more

Edmund Carson is back!After a two-year killing spree, Edmund Carson's notoriety and fame are beginning to slip. He now has to find new ways to attract the world's attention. For Edmund, killing is not enough; unconditional love - love for his work - is the ultimate goal.Edmund's new methods allow him unprecedented access into establishments and organisations he would never have dreamed possibl... read more

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