Sara Davies

Sara Davies - Editor

Southampton, UK

Professional copy editor & proofreader with over 20 years’ experience. InDesign, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Libre Office, I edit them all.

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Overview

I am a professional copy editor and proofreader with over 20 years’ experience. I have excellent English-language skills, and always work quickly and accurately.

I will edit and/or proofread any InDesign, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Libre Office document. I provide an excellent service at an excellent price – just get in touch.

When I was working in-house, I edited a number of magazines using InDesign, writing headlines, stand firsts, pull quotes and captions. I also inserted pictures, edited graphics and created runarounds, eventually sending them to print.

I have also fully edited a number of novels and books of all genres. Factual, fiction, romance, children’s, reference, historical books, you name it. One of the titles I edited is Locks (2020), the story of a young British black guy who travels to Jamaica, where he goes through a lot – a really interesting, insightful book.

Lois Davis is a children’s author I’ve also edited a few books for, including Mincemeat and the Incredible Train Ride (2020) and Mincemeat and the Magical Igloo. I’ve edited a number of books for Crux Publishing, including Bogman, Pontifex Maximus, The Devil’s Library (2017) and The Opposition to Hitler.

Along with this, I’ve edited some books for Danann Publishing, most notable if which was Meghan: Duchess Of Sussex, Queen of Style (2019). Danann have told me they want me to edit more books for them, so I’m waiting for their email.

I’m currently editing Black Beauty and Hair magazine every two months. I’ve been doing this work since early 2019. With this I edit the copy, write some captions, select pull quotes, make sure all the copy fits on the page – cutting where necessary – and ensure the magazine is ready to go to print.

So far I have edited a large number of books, magazines, websites, theses, dissertations, essays, CVs and resumes, blogs, emails, business letters – the list goes on.

I will ensure all your spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax is perfect. I will ensure any document is formatted according to any stipulations you require. I am also happy to make any changes or edits you need once I’ve finished the job.

I’ve seen so many documents – magazines, billboards, websites, restaurant menus and so on – with blatant spelling mistakes. Make sure your document isn’t one of those. Let me sort it all out for you!
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Children's
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Certifications

  • BSc (Hons) Media & Society
  • InDesign course
  • On-the-job copy editing and proofreading training
  • English GCSE, grade A
  • English A-level, grade A

Work experience

Copy editor/Proofreader

Self-employed
September, 2013 – Present (almost 8 years)

I have edited, copy edited, rewritten and proofread a wide range of publications. The list includes magazines, books, websites, business letters, CVs and resumes, theses, dissertations, essays, blogs, applications and so on..

I generally charge by the word count – the price I quote is the price you’ll pay. I won’t charge additional fees for amendments or alterations to your copy. I pride myself on giving a great service, so additional work is free of charge.

I can edit any InDesign, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Libre Office document. I promise an exceptional service at an exceptional price. All of my previous clients have been happy with the work I’ve done for them and I can guarantee you will be happy too.

Production editor/Sub-editor

Law Business Research
October, 2007 – January, 2011 (over 3 years)

Production editor: Law Business Research
Responsible for layout and design of magazines, dealt with printer and contributors. Placed ads in journals. Also copy edited all the text.
Copy editor: Law Business Research
Copy edited and proofread a number of books and magazines, including Latin Lawyer, Who’s Who, Global Competition Review and Global Arbitration Review. Also prepared web entries.

Freelance sub-editor

Various
December, 2004 – October, 2007 (almost 3 years)

Worked on a number of magazines, proofreading, sub-editing, writing headlines and stand firsts and laying out pages. Companies I have worked for include Associated Newspapers (Metro), Financial Times (Pensions Weekly), Centaur (Direct Marketing) and Emap (Architects Journal and Construction News).

Proofreader

Fleet Street Publications
June, 2004 – December, 2004 (6 months)

Proofread a number of newsletters and magazines.

Chief sub-editor

Hemming Group Limited
November, 2000 – October, 2002 (almost 2 years)

Sub-edited, laid out news, designed features, wrote captions, headlines and stand firsts on weekly title Surveyor.

Sub editor/Picture editor

Law Society Gazette
April, 2000 – August, 2000 (4 months)

Subbed news and features, wrote captions, stand firsts and headlines, laid out features, commissioned pictures from various libraries, updated picture library, scanned text.

Copy editor/Production editor

Legalease Ltd
February, 1998 – March, 2000 (about 2 years)

Copy edited and laid out features and columns for three monthly magazines (Legal Business, The In-House Lawyer, Commercial Law Journal). Chased copy, proofread, scanned photographs, designed some graphics. Production editor of Commercial Law Journal.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Penumbra

Mumford-Yeo, Heidi

THE KING'S KUMITE

AÇIKGÖZ, OSMAN

HOME STAGING: The Power That Sells Real Estate: + 15 Home Staging Experts Share Industry Secrets

Clark, Carol, Orr, Melanie, Lomas, Cindy, Molendi, Tracy, Bartlett, Helen, McGrath, Bobbie, Freeman, Becky, Pedersen, Lori, Scruggs, Elizabeth, MacMillan, Lynn

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