Claire Rushbrook

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom

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

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I have 14 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, Angry Robot, Flame Tree Press and e-publishers Bookouture and Canelo. 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.
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 15 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 fourteen years I have developed my freelance portfolio to include some of the UK's largest publishers, e.g. Flame Tree Press, Angry Robot, Bookouture, Canelo and Penguin. A full CV can be provided on request. For sample projects I have worked on, see portfolio below.

Portfolio (20 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

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 ]

The Betrayed: A shocking, gritty thriller that will hook you from the first page

Casey Kelleher

‘Hells bells … an explosive story, one that I found impossible to put down even for a few minutes … a gripping read.’ The Book Review Café, 5 Stars. If you can’t trust your family, who can you trust? Colleen Byrne is wife to one of the biggest faces on the streets of Soho, Jimmy Byrne. He promised her the life of luxury, but behind the diamonds and fur coats is a dangerous world of violence an... read more

‘Hells bells … an explosive story, one that I found impossible to put down even for a few minutes … a gripping read.’ The Book Review Café, 5 Stars. If you can’t trust your family, who can you trust? Colleen Byrne is wife to one of the biggest faces on the streets of Soho, Jimmy Byrne. He promised her the life of luxury, but behind the diamonds and fur coats is a dangerous world of violence an... read more

Raven's Sword (Path of the Samurai Book 2)

Adam Baker

For the Samurai, death is not to be feared. It is to be embraced.Japan 1533 – A nation in turmoil. Rival warlords battle for supremacy while common folk struggle to survive in a land laid waste by endless war.Tengu, an orphaned girl, must navigate the lawless hinterlands if she is to survive and achieve her ambition to become a master swordswoman.Rejected by every school of martial skill, she ... read more

For the Samurai, death is not to be feared. It is to be embraced.Japan 1533 – A nation in turmoil. Rival warlords battle for supremacy while common folk struggle to survive in a land laid waste by endless war.Tengu, an orphaned girl, must navigate the lawless hinterlands if she is to survive and achieve her ambition to become a master swordswoman.Rejected by every school of martial skill, she ... read more

The Subjugate

Amanda Bridgeman

In a small religious community rocked by a spree of shocking murders, Detectives Salvi Brentt and Mitch Grenville find themselves surrounded by suspects. The Children of Christ have a tight grip on their people, and the Solme Complex neurally edit violent criminals – Subjugates – into placid servants called Serenes. In a town where purity and sin, temptation and repression live side by side, e... read more

In a small religious community rocked by a spree of shocking murders, Detectives Salvi Brentt and Mitch Grenville find themselves surrounded by suspects. The Children of Christ have a tight grip on their people, and the Solme Complex neurally edit violent criminals – Subjugates – into placid servants called Serenes. In a town where purity and sin, temptation and repression live side by side, e... read more

Here Be Dragons

David P. Macpherson

"Here Be Dragons is a wonderful little gem of a book. It’s clever, it’s funny, and it’s just so heart-breakingly wholesome." The Fantasy Inn SPFBO 2018 Semi Finalist BookNest Fantasy Awards 2018 - Best Debut Longlist A mid-life crisis, a castle gardener, an unfaithful steed, a dastardly hero, a merciless king, and a dragon that needs saving. With heroes this bad who needs villains... When Orus... read more

"Here Be Dragons is a wonderful little gem of a book. It’s clever, it’s funny, and it’s just so heart-breakingly wholesome." The Fantasy Inn SPFBO 2018 Semi Finalist BookNest Fantasy Awards 2018 - Best Debut Longlist A mid-life crisis, a castle gardener, an unfaithful steed, a dastardly hero, a merciless king, and a dragon that needs saving. With heroes this bad who needs villains... When Orus... read more

Son of Zeus (Heracles Trilogy Book 1)

Glyn Iliffe

Impossible odds versus the world's mightiest hero: the epic story of Heracles grippingly retoldHeracles has done something unforgivable. Son of the King of Olympus and saviour of Thebes, Heracles is adored by all. Until his world is shattered. Born from Zeus’s adultery, he has become the unwitting prey of Hera, who will stop at nothing to destroy him.Haunted by his crimes, he seeks penance wit... read more

Impossible odds versus the world's mightiest hero: the epic story of Heracles grippingly retoldHeracles has done something unforgivable. Son of the King of Olympus and saviour of Thebes, Heracles is adored by all. Until his world is shattered. Born from Zeus’s adultery, he has become the unwitting prey of Hera, who will stop at nothing to destroy him.Haunted by his crimes, he seeks penance wit... read more

Understrike (An Agent Paul Richter Thriller Book 8)

James Barrington

An earth-shattering plot, a race against timeRussia has developed a new offensive capability. It's devastating and, above all, secret. The world would be remade.But when a corpse turns up on the remote Arctic island of Svalbard, it soon becomes clear this was no accidental death. The body has been flagged by secret services and before long Paul Richter is sent, covertly, to investigate.Meeting... read more

An earth-shattering plot, a race against timeRussia has developed a new offensive capability. It's devastating and, above all, secret. The world would be remade.But when a corpse turns up on the remote Arctic island of Svalbard, it soon becomes clear this was no accidental death. The body has been flagged by secret services and before long Paul Richter is sent, covertly, to investigate.Meeting... read more

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Zack Lovelady

Claire is wonderful! She is detailed. Professional. Thorough. I plan on working with her in my next project.

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Zack Lovelady, March 2019


Ben Larracey

Claire was awesome and easy to work with. A professional at every level. Her copy edit gave my manuscript the polish it needed to move to the next phase in its publication. I would absolutely work with her again!

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Ben Larracey, February 2019

Claire Rushbrook

Thank you, Ben. I look forward to future collaborations.

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Scott Richards

Excellent work as ever and professional to work with.

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Scott Richards, January 2019


Timo Talvik

Lovely, understanding and supportive. Pointed out the sections that should be changed, with advice on how and also added in some kind words for good bits.

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Timo Talvik, December 2018


Alex Tremari

Claire was great! The work was exactly what I was looking for and delivered ahead of schedule. She did not try and convince me that what I 'really needed' was to hire her for a different job, which I appreciated as I have gotten a bit of a hard sell from others. I will be requesting to work with her again!

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Alex Tremari, December 2018

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