Claire Rushbrook

Claire Rushbrook – Editor

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


I have 20 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 Aconyte Books, Angry Robot, Flame Tree Press and e-publishers Bookouture and Aria, Head of Zeus. 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.

Fantasy Horror Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Young Adult
English (UK) English (US)
  • PTC Diploma - Proofreading
  • Maple Diploma in Professional Proofreading and Editing

Work experience

Self employed

Jan, 2004 — Present

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


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 ... 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... 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 un... 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 crim... 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 ... 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 str... read more
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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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... 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 fo... 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 cur... 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 d... 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 ci... 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.... 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 fuell... read more

Claire has 84 reviews





Inés V.

Inés V.

May, 2024

Super thankful for her work!
Richard E.

Richard E.

May, 2024

Very helpful and clear - I learnt some useful things from this copy-edit which are much appreciated. Thank you, Claire.
Mark J.

Mark J.

Apr, 2024

Claire is efficient, professional, and thorough. As a bonus, she completed the manuscript well ahead of schedule. I will absolutely turn to her proofreading skills for my next novel. Her grasp of the subtle differences in UK/US English is excellent, so regardless of which side of the pond you're on, she's got you covered.
Claire R.
Thank you, Mark :-)
Zev P.

Zev P.

Feb, 2024

Claire was easy to work with and provided invaluable editing feedback. I would highly recommend her to any writer looking for no nonsense editing services.
Adrian H.

Adrian H.

Jan, 2024

Working with Claire was great! I got the proofread manuscript back very quickly and I feel fully confident now that my novel is in the best shape it can be.

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