Andy Cook

Andy Cook – Editor

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


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!

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


Apr, 2014 — Present

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.

Andy has 7 reviews





Joanna G.

Joanna G.

Apr, 2024

Andy responded in a very timely manner and gave me a very reasonable quote and a clear outline of the process and timescale which was very helpful to me as a novice writer. The edits he suggested were all consistent, detailed and helpful - and I am also grateful for the extra guidance and pointers. Thanks Andy
Ben B.

Ben B.

Jul, 2023

Andy was incredible to work with. Communication is second to none. He was punctual and thorough. He edited and proofread my manuscript to perfection, and needless to say, the final version is all the more handsome due to his magic touches. Andy picked up on a few continuity mistakes as well as numerous spelling boo-boos, and even suggested a few vocabulary alternatives that I am very grateful f...
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Chris R.

Chris R.

May, 2023

Having never used Reedsy before nor a professional editor I could not believe how easy the system was to use and how brilliantly and diligently Andy Cook applied his skills to my manuscript! Totally satisfied with his work and honesty believe he went beyond the call of duty. I sincerely thank him for his work. And yes - I would definitely use him again.
Spencer K.

Spencer K.

Jan, 2023

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.
S.J. H.

S.J. H.

Dec, 2022

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