Gaynor Haliday

Gaynor Haliday – Editor

Experienced editor specialising in non-fiction, particularly history, memoirs, biographies, genealogy, crafts, hobbies and transport.


After several years working in the food manufacturing industry, even my sweet tooth had had enough of the 'eat as much as you can' pastry sampling sessions. It was surely time to change direction!

I decided to hone my natural ability to notice errors in written material – both printed and digital – and underwent some professional training with the CIEP (Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading) before embarking on my second career in early 2015, initially using my skills to help small businesses and individuals present their information in a professional, readable and logical manner.

As well as writing website content and blogs for a diverse range of clients, my work expanded to include proofreading and copy-editing non-fiction books for a traditional publisher.

Five years later, after further training with the CIEP and with plenty of experience under my belt instead of Danish pastries, I upgraded my CIEP membership to Intermediate level, and after eighteen months I was accepted as a Professional member.

With a keen eye for consistency, grammar, detail and facts, I specialise in proofreading and editing non-fiction and commercial material. If you would like to use my skills to check and polish your manuscripts, brochures, marketing campaigns, websites, presentations, or any other written material, please contact me.
Biographies & Memoirs DIY & Crafts Geography History Home & Garden Nature Travel
English (UK) English (US)
  • Professional Member CIEP

Work experience


Sep, 2014 — Present

Experienced copyeditor and proofreader

Attentive to detail and thorough in approach to copyediting and proofreading

Naturally analytical and a meticulous fact-checker

Computer literate and able to edit/proof in Microsoft Word and Adobe

Self-motivated, pro-active and resourceful and able to complete work to deadlines

A traditionally published author of two social history books (Victorian Policing, Pen and Sword 2017 and Struggle and Suffrage in Wakefield, Pen and Sword 2019) with first-hand knowledge of the process of turning a cherished manuscript into a published book.

Experienced in writing tight and succinct copy for various publications

Current clients include:

• A specialist book publisher of military, naval and maritime history; transport and aviation; local and social history; genealogy; discovery and exploration; archaeology; nostalgia; and true crime.

• A private individual for whom I provide a proofreading service for fiction books being uploaded to Kindle.

• A local website developer for whom I write website content, newsletters, blogs and features. I also write, edit and proofread for a number of the company’s clients. These include foodservice companies, IT providers, home furnishing retailers and distribution companies.

• A local website company for which I provide proofreading and editing services for copy submitted by their clients.

• Other clients for which I have written and supplied new website copy include a local solicitors’ practice and a consumer organisation psychology company.


Gaynor has 4 reviews





Jan H.

Jan H.

Jan, 2024

A detailed, thorough and friendly service. Highly recommended.
Gaynor H.
I really enjoyed working with Jan on her book; gardening is a subject dear to my heart as well, and I learnt so much about new approaches, especially tackling weeds! Jan was a lovely author to work...
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Mark H.

Mark H.

Apr, 2023

Gaynor was a pleasure to work with. She grasped the objective and worked within my intended scope of work.
Gaynor H.
I enjoyed working with Mark on his project. It was an engaging and different way of telling a family history story. Mark responded quickly to my suggestions, added further improvements of his own, ...
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Denys A.

Denys A.

Feb, 2023

As a first time author, I was overwhelmed by the process of writing and publishing. Gaynor's calm and simple approach helped me immensely. She never added to my overwhelm by giving me too much to consider. She edited my manuscript thoroughly, making wonderful suggestions through-out. I highly recommend her to other genealogy and local history authors looking to put out the best book they can.
Gaynor H.
Denys came to me with a great project but felt she had become a little stuck. In fact, the MS was already in very good shape, though as a keen genealogist myself, I could see where improvements mig...
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Mark J.

Mark J.

Aug, 2021

This editor is experienced, polite, and professional. Her knowledge of British history complemented my need to ensure the work was written in the proper context. Her suggested edits were on target and, I believe, greatly improved the quality of the product. I am pleased with the outcome of our collaboration.
Gaynor H.
Mark was a lovely client to work with; his requests were clearly communicated, both in the document and in messages. His responses to any queries and suggestions were timely and this meant we were ...
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