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Claire Rushbrook

Claire Rushbrook - Editor

Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Reliable and versatile proofreader and copy editor with a passion for all things Sci-Fi and Dickens.

Overview

Reviews (6)

I have 10 years experience working as a freelance proofreader and copy-editor on a wide range of genres. I count among my clients some of the UK's largest publishers, including Penguin/Random House and Pan Macmillan. I specialise in general fiction and Sci-Fi/Fantasy providing services to specialist publishers such as Black Library and Angry Robot. I have worked with many self-publishers, helping authors in refining their work and preparing it for publication. For a sample list of specific projects, please see the portfolio below.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Horror Literature Science Fiction Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Health & wellbeing Travel

Certifications

  • PTC Diploma - Proofreading
  • Maple Diploma in Professional Proofreading and Editing

Work experience

Freelance Proofreader and Copy Editor

Self employed
January, 2004 – Present (over 13 years)

Prior to turning freelance in 2004 I was a communications and publications manager for BT working on events management and internal publications. Over the past ten years I have developed my freelance portfolio to include some of the UK's largest publishers, e.g. Random House and Penguin. A full CV can be provided on request. For sample projects I have worked on, see portfolio below.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Katya's War (Russalka Chronicles)

Jonathan L. Howard

The battle lines have been drawn. The people of Russalka turn upon one another in a ruthless and unwavering civil war even while their world sickens and the deep black ocean is stained red with their blood. As the young civilisation weakens, its vitality fuelling the opposing militaries at the cost of all else, the war drums beat louder and louder. Katya Kuriakova knows it cannot last. Both si... read more

The battle lines have been drawn. The people of Russalka turn upon one another in a ruthless and unwavering civil war even while their world sickens and the deep black ocean is stained red with their blood. As the young civilisation weakens, its vitality fuelling the opposing militaries at the cost of all else, the war drums beat louder and louder. Katya Kuriakova knows it cannot last. Both si... read more

TALLARN: EXECUTIONER The battle begins - SIGNED

John French

Limited edition Horus heresy novel. 880 out of 3078. Story of the battle for Tallarn.

Limited edition Horus heresy novel. 880 out of 3078. Story of the battle for Tallarn.

Wolf of Sigmar (Time of Legends)

C.L. Werner

The final part of The Black Plague trilogy.The Black Plague has done its work, and the ravaged Empire is ripe for the picking. As the dread armies of the skaven sweep across Sigmar’s realm, each of the great cities looks to its own defence – except Middenheim. As he gathers warriors to his banner and liberates towns and villages from the verminous menace, Graf Mandred begins to embrace his des... read more

The final part of The Black Plague trilogy.The Black Plague has done its work, and the ravaged Empire is ripe for the picking. As the dread armies of the skaven sweep across Sigmar’s realm, each of the great cities looks to its own defence – except Middenheim. As he gathers warriors to his banner and liberates towns and villages from the verminous menace, Graf Mandred begins to embrace his des... read more

Path of the Archon (Dark Eldar Path)

Andy Chambers

Final novel in the Dark Eldar Path trilogyThe eternal city of Commorragh is no longer beset by the horrors of the Dysjunction, but the scars of its passage remain. Now the supreme overlord, Asdrubael Vect, strives to reassert his authority over the anarchic city before hidden challengers can make their bid for power. The noble Yllithian frantically seeks new allies to put between himself and t... read more

Final novel in the Dark Eldar Path trilogyThe eternal city of Commorragh is no longer beset by the horrors of the Dysjunction, but the scars of its passage remain. Now the supreme overlord, Asdrubael Vect, strives to reassert his authority over the anarchic city before hidden challengers can make their bid for power. The noble Yllithian frantically seeks new allies to put between himself and t... read more

Master of Sanctity (Legacy of Caliban)

Gav Thorpe

More secrets of the Dark Angels are revealed as the Legacy of Caliban trilogy continues.The Legacy of Caliban echoes down through the ages, and the secretive mission of the Dark Angels Space Marines continues. Interrogator-Chaplain Asmodai sees treachery and deceit everywhere he turns – while this serves him well in his hunt for the Fallen, it also strains the Chapter’s relations with their Im... read more

More secrets of the Dark Angels are revealed as the Legacy of Caliban trilogy continues.The Legacy of Caliban echoes down through the ages, and the secretive mission of the Dark Angels Space Marines continues. Interrogator-Chaplain Asmodai sees treachery and deceit everywhere he turns – while this serves him well in his hunt for the Fallen, it also strains the Chapter’s relations with their Im... read more

Known Devil: An Occult Crimes Unit Investigation

Justin Gustainis

“My name’s Markowski. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.“A new supernatural gang is intent on invading Scranton and it looks like I’m going to have to work with the current mob to prevent a demonic gang war.“If there’s one thing I hate more than living with supernatural scumbags, it’s working with them!... read more

“My name’s Markowski. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.“A new supernatural gang is intent on invading Scranton and it looks like I’m going to have to work with the current mob to prevent a demonic gang war.“If there’s one thing I hate more than living with supernatural scumbags, it’s working with them!... read more

The White Towers: Book 2 of The Rage of Kings

Andy Remic

Vagandrak is broken, and a new threat has arisen that threatens to defeat even the mighty Iron Wolves.The twisted, deviant Elf Rats have gathered in the toxic realm beyond the White Lion Mountains… swiftly they invade the troubled land of Vagandrak, killing for profit and pleasure.The now-disgraced Iron Wolves are the realm’s only hope, but there’s a problem: they’ve been sentenced to death by... read more

Vagandrak is broken, and a new threat has arisen that threatens to defeat even the mighty Iron Wolves.The twisted, deviant Elf Rats have gathered in the toxic realm beyond the White Lion Mountains… swiftly they invade the troubled land of Vagandrak, killing for profit and pleasure.The now-disgraced Iron Wolves are the realm’s only hope, but there’s a problem: they’ve been sentenced to death by... read more

Sunstone (The Elemental Wars)

Freya Robertson

The Incendi elementals that dwell beneath the mountains have found a way to tap into the Arbor’s roots, which stretch not only across the land but also through time, and King Pyra is determined to crush the ancient tree.Twenty-two years after the defeat of the Darkwater Lords, Chonrad’s widow Procella and their three children are drawn back to Heartwood to investigate the rumour of strange fir... read more

The Incendi elementals that dwell beneath the mountains have found a way to tap into the Arbor’s roots, which stretch not only across the land but also through time, and King Pyra is determined to crush the ancient tree.Twenty-two years after the defeat of the Darkwater Lords, Chonrad’s widow Procella and their three children are drawn back to Heartwood to investigate the rumour of strange fir... read more

The Guild of Assassins: Book Two of The Majat Code (Code of the Majat)

Anna Kashina

Winner of two Prism Awards (Fantasy, Best of the Best)The sequel to Blades of the Old Empire.Kara has achieved something that no Majat has ever managed – freedom from the Guild!But the Black Diamond assassin Mai has been called back to face his punishment for sparing her life. Determined to join his fight or share his punishment, Kara finds herself falling for Mai.But is their relationship – a... read more

Winner of two Prism Awards (Fantasy, Best of the Best)The sequel to Blades of the Old Empire.Kara has achieved something that no Majat has ever managed – freedom from the Guild!But the Black Diamond assassin Mai has been called back to face his punishment for sparing her life. Determined to join his fight or share his punishment, Kara finds herself falling for Mai.But is their relationship – a... read more

The Return of Nagash

Josh Reynolds

The End Times are coming. As the forces of Chaos threaten to drown the world in madness, Manfred von Carstein and Arkan the Black put aside their difference and plot to resurrect the one being with the power to stand against the servants of the Ruinous Powers and restore order to the world - the Great Necromancer himself. As they set about gathering artefacts to use in their dark ritual, armie... read more

The End Times are coming. As the forces of Chaos threaten to drown the world in madness, Manfred von Carstein and Arkan the Black put aside their difference and plot to resurrect the one being with the power to stand against the servants of the Ruinous Powers and restore order to the world - the Great Necromancer himself. As they set about gathering artefacts to use in their dark ritual, armie... read more

Night Terrors (Shadow Watch)

Tim Waggoner

When you dream, you visit the Maelstrom. Dream long enough and hard enough, and your dreams can break through into the living world.So can your nightmares.And who's there to catch the dreams and nightmares as they fall into reality?Meet the Shadow Watch. Pray you never need them...File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Lords of Misrule | Living the Dream | Breaking In | I Make These Look Good ]

When you dream, you visit the Maelstrom. Dream long enough and hard enough, and your dreams can break through into the living world.So can your nightmares.And who's there to catch the dreams and nightmares as they fall into reality?Meet the Shadow Watch. Pray you never need them...File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Lords of Misrule | Living the Dream | Breaking In | I Make These Look Good ]

Claire has 6 reviews

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Darryl Donaghue

Claire provided a high quality proofread within a few days for an excellent price. Finding talented and reliable professionals to collaborate with can be a bit of a minefield for an Indie author, and Claire's professional communications from the outset put my mind at rest. Claire's fee was very reasonable and I see her work as a very positive investment in my writing career.

, August 2017


Jerry Aubin

This is the second title where I've worked with Claire and I've been quite pleased with every aspect of her work. I will absolutely engage her again and recommend her without reservation.

, July 2017


Simon Woodward

Claire was professional from the outset and provided a clear CV of her experience. The project was delivered ahead of schedule and was a satisfyingly thorough job (if you can be satisfied with finding out you messed up so many things!)

, July 2017


Graham Austin-King

Honestly, I couldn't ask for more. Claire was excellent, she worked within the brief, she was fast (completing ahead of schedule,) and is by far the best proofreader I have ever worked with.

, June 2017


Jerry Aubin

I thought Claire did a great job. She wasn't perfect, but I don't think it is reasonable to think any single proofreader can be. I found a handful of minor things she missed, but they were very subtle and probably would have been missed by readers. On the flip side, she caught tons of other subtle issues and all of the really obvious typos. I'll definitely engage Claire again on my next work.

, December 2016

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