Elizabeth Tatham

Elizabeth Tatham – Editor

Experienced, eagle-eyed non-fiction editor (OUP, Penguin Random House). I'll ensure that your content stands out for all the right reasons!


I am a skilled non-fiction editor and proofreader with extensive in-house and freelance experience in trade and educational publishing. Over a 25-year career, I have worked with publishers and organisations large and small, including Oxford University Press, Penguin Random House, Reader's Digest, Pearson Education, Merrell Publishers and the universities of Oxford and Melbourne.

I have successfully managed print and digital projects from concept to completion, supporting and collaborating with authors throughout the process to produce the best possible version of their work.

Subject areas I work in include art, business, cooking, education, health, history, home interest, humanities, recruitment, self-improvement, sociology, technology and travel.

Having trained and worked as a teacher, I know how to craft the message to suit the recipient. I bring this skill to my work as an editor, enabling writers to communicate successfully with their readers through content that is clear, correct, well-structured, consistent and relevant.


“Elizabeth is a true wordsmith who has honed her craft in publishing and communications. She has always been my first choice as an editor and writer in the vast editorial talent pool available in London, due to her incomparable use of English as well as her positive and flexible attitude to work. Her ability to improve every piece of writing she edits is amazing and her original articles have lifted even everyday subjects to the exceptional.”

Louise Tucker, Freelance Project Editor, London

“Elizabeth undertook a major project for me in copyediting a very large and complex self-published family history. She managed to complete the edit to a high standard in just one pass, including not only the usual copyediting tasks but also fact-checking, stylistic improvements and creating a style guide. She incorporated into the edit suggestions (using Track Changes tools) for the author, querying all points of concern or ambiguity, and showed a particularly good eye for detail in regard to overall stylistic issues as well as minor details. Elizabeth met all the agreed deadlines, was a pleasure to work with and demonstrated impressive knowledge and expertise in non-fiction editing.”

Sally-Anne Watson Kane, On Time Editing and Proofreading, Victoria, Australia


Children’s Non-Fiction DIY & Crafts Education & Reference Health & Wellbeing History Home & Garden Sociology Travel
English (AUS) English (SA) English (UK)
  • Bachelor of Primary Education

Work experience


Mar, 2020 — Present

I provide editing and proofreading services for independent authors, publishers, businesses and organisations, specialising in non-fiction documents (educational materials, training manuals, illustrated books, magazines, web content and marketing collateral).

Squirrel Business Hub

Jul, 2015 — Mar, 2020 (over 4 years)

I supported this software consultancy's marketing efforts by:
• Researching, developing, writing, editing and publishing web content
• Researching, writing and editing blog posts
• Interviewing customers and writing, editing and publishing case studies
• Editing, writing, compiling and distributing electronic newsletters to more than 2,000 subscribers
• Editing and compiling training manuals

University of Melbourne

Oct, 2011 — Jun, 2015 (over 3 years)

V3 Alliance (V3) was a NFP that promoted the uptake of IT by researchers. My role was to raise awareness of its capabilities and activities by writing, commissioning, editing and proofreading content for its website, brochures, posters and annual report.

University of Oxford

Oct, 2009 — Jun, 2011 (over 1 year)

• Writing and editing web content
• Copyediting and proofreading Oxford Today magazine
• Liaising with academic contributors and consultants to ensure accuracy
• Working with magazine designer at layout and proof stages


Aug, 2002 — Sep, 2009 (about 7 years)

Edited, proofread or project managed a range of illustrated non-fiction, educational and vocational titles, a magazine for art teachers, and web content. Clients included Oxford University Press, Pearson Education, Merrell Publishers and Oxford University.

Oxford University Press

Jan, 2001 — Aug, 2002 (over 1 year)

Edited, proofread and project managed several titles in OUP's primary maths and science series.


Jun, 1999 — Dec, 2000 (over 1 year)

Edited, proofread or project managed a range of illustrated non-fiction, educational and vocational titles. Clients included Oxford University Press, Pearson Education and Merrell Publishers.

Team Media

Jan, 1998 — Jun, 1999 (over 1 year)

Assisted Editorial Director in overseeing production of all titles. Responsibilities included commissioning, scheduling, monitoring progress, briefing and managing in-house and freelance teams of eight to 10 people each, and ensuring that editorial standards were maintained.

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