Andy Cook

Andy Cook - Editor

Rugby, UK

I'm a copy-editor and proofreader who has edited 400+ books on biographies, history, music and other topics. My passions are sport and music

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I've been a freelance proofreader for over 8 years working on new publications for academic publishers including Bloomsbury, Taylor and Francis/Routledge, Edward Elgar Publishing, Haus Publishing, Hodder Education and Sage Publications. A buzz from doing this work is seeing books I have previously worked on being cited in new publications that I am working on.
But that's not why I'm here. I want to use this experience and work on my passions which are sport and music. Don't be fooled by the dull photo of a slightly frazzled dad taking a breath on a frenetic family day trip to the zoo. Lurking beneath that exterior is a sports nut and music freak who has done his time at raves, sweaty gigs, loves several diverse genres of music stretching over 50 years from the Velvet Underground to Wet Leg and who (apparently) has 18 different genres of music on his Spotify playlists. I folIow a wide range of sports and have a good (some would say obsessive, but who cares what they think) knowledge of their histories. My knowledge of punk bands was a real help on the Global Punk book listed in the portfolio.
So, why choose me? Well, you'll get someone who will give you 100% commitment to accuracy, consistency and attention to detail. Your project and its success will mean as much to me as I'm sure it will to you. I'm very good at sticking to deadlines and the date I say I'll return something is when it will come back. I've never missed a deadline.
Enough about me. What do I want from you? Oh yes, this is a two-way process. I want to see work where your passion is oozing from the pages, where your commitment to your subject is leaping at me through the paragraphs and where your love for what you're doing is expressed through every word and sentence. I can help you ensure that your project looks polished and ready for its onward journey. The reason I'm here is to work with people on projects that are close to their hearts. I've already been able to help authors on this platform and would love to be able to help many more. Go on, trust me with your passions, pet projects and labours of love, I'm looking forward to reading about them!

English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Political Science & Current Affairs
Sports & Outdoors
Historical Fiction


  • Basic Proofreading V4 (Merit) from the Publishing Training Centre in February 2014
  • Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading since 2015

Work experience


April, 2014 – Present (almost 9 years)

Providing freelance proofreading for academic publishers and individuals, including university students with English as a second language. I've listed some of the many titles I've worked on, including some that were particularly interesting or thought-provoking to be involved with. The publishers I have worked for are Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Academic, Hodder Education, Edward Elgar Publishing, Sage Publications, Haus Publishing and Taylor and Francis/Routledge. I've also listed two of my most recent collaborations on this platform.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Black Shame: African Soldiers in Europe, 1914-1922

van Galen Last, Dick, Futselaar, Ralf, Jager, Marjolijn de

Judith Wright and Emily Carr: Gendered Colonial Modernity (Historicizing Modernism)

Collett, Anne, Jones, Dorothy, Tucker, David, Tonning, Erik, Feldman, Matthew

Afghan Village Voices: Stories from a Tribal Community

Tapper, Richard, Lindisfarne-Tapper, Nancy

Art into Life: Essays on Tracey Emin

Kokoli, Alexandra, Cherry, Deborah

Fashioning Indie: Popular Fashion, Music and Gender (Dress Cultures)

Lifter, Rachel, Wilson, Elizabeth, Lewis, Reina

Broadway Swings: Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre

Eyer, J. Austin, Smith, Lyndy Franklin

British Foreign Policy since 1945

Garnett, Mark, Mabon, Simon, Smith, Robert

Andy has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Spencer Kroll
Andy did a great job. His corrections were spot on and I now feel very confident that the manuscript reads much better. Andy was very communicative, on time and easy to work with. I highly recommend his services.

Spencer Kroll, January 2023

It was a wonderful experience working with Andy. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an editor.

S.J. HASANAIN, December 2022

Andy Cook
Hi S.J., Thanks so much for your generous feedback, it's very much appreciated. I've really enjoyed working with you on this and I wish you every success with getting it into print and seeing it ou...
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Peter Mould
Andy caught many mistakes and was most helpful in advising changes that removed any ambiguity about intended meaning. He gave an A+++ service. I would use him again.

Peter Mould, December 2022

Guy Singer
Andy was a really pleasant and competent person to work with. His communication was professional, his scheduling was 'to the day', and I was extremely pleased with his edits. I cannot recommend him enough and I will definitely use him again on my next book. Thanks for the great work, Andy.

Guy Singer, November 2022

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