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Frances Insley

Frances Insley - Editor

Aylesbury, United Kingdom


I'm a copy editor, project editor and proofreader with nearly two decades' experience in the publishing industry.

I provide the following services:

copy-editing (both on-screen and hard copy);
proofreading (both on-screen and hard copy);
web page/site editing or proofreading;
editing non-native English;
sub-editing to fit copy;
project editing (in-house).

I have particular experience of editing and proofreading business, investment, IT, legal, chartered surveying and educational resource materials, as well as a wide range of technical subjects.

I provide detailed editing to a high standard, delivered punctually and within budget.

English (SA) English (UK)
Business & Management Computers & Internet Economics Education & Reference Law

Work experience

Freelance copy editor, proofreader and project editor


February, 2007 – Present (about 10 years)

Freelance projects I have undertaken include:

• copy-editing, for language, chapters of a guide to indirect taxation for Bloomberg BNA
• copy-editing and proofreading business books for the British Standards Institution (BSI)
• copy-editing and formatting IT publications for IT Governance Publishing
• copy-editing guidance publications for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
• copy-editing entries for 'QFinance', a finance encyclopaedia for Bloomsbury Information
• copy-editing investment briefings for Edison Investment Research
• copy-editing and proofreading legal directories for Chambers and Partners
• blind proofreading educational resource materials for the Royal College of Art
• blind proofreading educational resource materials for the charity, What Makes The Difference?
• proofreading online technical materials and standards for BSI
• project editing legal publications for Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, in-house

Each of the clients listed has its own house style guide and editorial guidelines, specific to its subject fields, and all work was tailored to those specifications. All projects have been delivered to agreed, mutually negotiated, deadlines.

Technical Project Editor

British Standards Institution

July, 2004 – January, 2007 (over 2 years)

• Project editing business publications from receipt of manuscript to delivery of the final product
• Project editing technical standards, including copy-editing the standards
• Copy-editing business publications (illustrated books and loose-leaf subscription products)
• Sub-editing and typesetting a bimonthly eight-page, illustrated newsletter, in QuarkXPress

Assistant Editor

British Standards Institution

July, 2003 – July, 2004 (about 1 year)

• Project editing technical standards, including copy-editing the standards
• Implementing amendments to standards
• Providing editorial support on business publications


Chambers and Partners

March, 2002 – July, 2003 (over 1 year)

• Copy-editing and proofreading legal directories
• Managing, and working as part of, a team of in-house and freelance proofreaders

Research Manager

Vitesse Media

September, 1999 – March, 2002 (over 2 years)

Same as below, with the following additional responsibilities:
• copy-editing and proofreading financial print publications and website articles
• writing weekly articles for a small business banking website
• managing the content for a small business website
• sub-editing and providing production support on a weekly newsletter
• managing editorial assistants

Editorial Assistant

Vitesse Media

September, 1998 – September, 1999 (12 months)

• Increased proofreading responsibilities
• Liaising with freelancers and third-party suppliers to co-ordinate deadlines and copy
• Research for 'Lloyds TSB Small Business Guide' and 'Lloyds TSB Tax Guide' books

Administrative Assistant

Vitesse Media

October, 1997 – September, 1998 (12 months)

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