Clare Diston

Clare Diston - Editor

Bristol, UK

Attentive editor and proofreader with experience in fiction and non-fiction, UK and US English. Special interests: science and astronomy.

Request a quote
Verified identity

Overview

I am a copyeditor and proofreader with experience working in UK and US English.

I proofread and edit all sorts of books, from novels to autobiographies to academic textbooks. I have also worked on short stories and poetry.

I consider all genres and topics. I have a particular interest in science editing, especially to do with space and astronomy. In fiction I have previously edited adventure, crime, erotic/romantic fiction, fantasy, horror, literary fiction and sci-fi. In non-fiction I have worked on books about art, business, film, management and politics.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Fantasy
Horror
Literary Fiction
Science Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Education & Reference

Certifications

  • Basic Proofreading from the Publishing Training Centre
  • Copy-Editing from the Publishing Training Centre
  • Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading
  • Editing References by the CIEP
  • Science Communication Masterclass by UWE
  • Introduction to Astronomy by LJMU
  • Basic Editorial Test No. 2 by CIEP
  • BA English Studies, University of Nottingham
  • MA Creative Writing, University of Nottingham
  • BSc Natural Sciences (Astronomy and Planetary Science), Open University

Awards

  • Print Futures Award by The Printing Charity

Work experience

Digital Marketing Consultant

Alban Digital
February, 2012 – September, 2015 (over 3 years)

Editing and proofing articles for SEO and link building purposes.
Writing copy, blog reviews and web pages (e.g. product/landing pages) for websites.
Managing and commissioning work from a team of writers.
Monitoring and updating large databases.
Maintaining and being active on companies' social media accounts.

Writer, editor and proofreader

Self-employed
October, 2011 – Present (about 9 years)

This is my freelance business which I took full-time in October 2015.

I proofread and edit all sorts of books, from fiction novels to autobiographies to academic textbooks. I have also worked on short stories and poetry, and I am comfortable working with both UK and US English.

I consider all genres and topics. I have a particular interest in science editing, especially to do with space and astronomy. In fiction I have previously edited adventure, crime, erotic/romantic fiction, fantasy, horror, literary fiction and sci-fi. In non-fiction I have worked on books about art, business, film, management and politics.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

The Couples Workbook: Homework to help love last

The School of Life, Botton, Alain de

Common: On Revolution in the 21st Century

Dardot, Pierre, Laval, Christian, MacLellan, Matthew

Eleanor's Gift

Isis Sousa

E's Complaint

Steven Clark

“Since granddad died and Anna rejected me the world seems broken, all I have left is putting frozen lasagne in microwaves. The doctor says I have depression. At least I have Eric.Eric is the voice inside my head.Eric says everything will be all right, so long as I do what he says.I hope so.”In the winter of 2011 E. was overtaken with alcohol abuse, insomnia and a deeper malaise, the start of a... read more

“Since granddad died and Anna rejected me the world seems broken, all I have left is putting frozen lasagne in microwaves. The doctor says I have depression. At least I have Eric.Eric is the voice inside my head.Eric says everything will be all right, so long as I do what he says.I hope so.”In the winter of 2011 E. was overtaken with alcohol abuse, insomnia and a deeper malaise, the start of a... read more

The Frigorifico

Leon, G.D.

The Academic World in the Era of the Great War

Chagnon, Marie-Eve, Irish, Tomás

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 1000+ profiles.

Kathy Nida

Freelance copyeditor and proofreader offering 25 years of experience in scientific and educational publishing

San Diego, United States

Beth Dorward

Seasoned editor and proofreader with experience in multiple genres. I am devoted to making your manuscript the best it can be!

Maineville, United States

To view 1,000+ more profiles, Join Reedsy