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Gemma Beard

Gemma Beard - Editor

Bungay, Suffolk, United Kingdom

SfEP trained proofreader and copy-editor offering a friendly, flexible and professional editorial service. Reasonable rates.

Overview

I am a professional proofreader and copy-editor, and an Intermediate Member of the Society of Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). I specialise in literature, the humanities, the social sciences, business and law. I trained in proofreading and copy-editing with the SfEP after graduating with a 1st class honours degree in Humanities with Literature. Prior to going freelance I worked in commercial finance as a Senior Legal Advisor and a Senior Account Manager. I am reliable, flexible and able to hit tight deadlines. I comply with the Code of Practice of the SfEP so you can be confident the editorial service you receive will follow best practice.


"I found Beard Editorial to be perceptive, insightful and sensitive. Working with Gemma was a complete joy, and the relationship she forged was both professional and personal. Her understanding of the written word is complete, and the confidence I gained improved my writing immensely. I can't consider writing another book without her casting her intelligent eye over it." Tom Rowson, Writer (MA Creative Writing, UEA)

"Gemma has always been very friendly and professional. She has helped me to gain confidence in my work and I would highly recommend her." Annemarie Green, Psychology Student

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Classics Cultural & Ethnic Themes Historical Fiction LGBTQ Literature Poetry
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Economics Education & Reference History Law Philosophy Social & Behavioral Sciences

Certifications

  • Intermediate Member of the SfEP
  • BA Humanities with Literature (1st Class Honours)
  • SfEP Proofreadering 1: Introduction
  • SfEP Proofreading 2: Progress
  • SfEP Copy-editing 1: Introduction
  • SfEP Brush Up Your Grammar
  • CILEx Higher Level Diplomas in Law (9 Subjects)
  • A Levels: Psychology, Sociology

Work experience

Freelance Proofreader and Copy-editor

Beard Editorial

September, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

My experience includes: working with authors of poetry and fiction, academic and professional publications, academic essays and dissertations, a variety of legal and business documents.

Senior Account Manager

Aviva Commercial Finance Limited

April, 2012 – July, 2014 (about 2 years)

I managed distressed property portfolios and government backed infrastructure developments on behalf of the lender/funder. This involved me reviewing (and ensuring the accuracy of) different specialist reports, liaising with third parties, and making the most appropriate recommendations. I was responsible for drafting and presenting recommendation papers, as well as drafting and issuing reports for internal funders. I assisted less experienced colleagues in proofreading and editing their draft loan offer paperwork, recommendation papers, and professional reports. Following an information request from a regulatory authority, I was responsible for collating, presenting, and providing summaries for the vast amount of required information within a very tight timescale.

Senior Legal Advisor

Aviva Commercial Finance Limited

September, 2004 – March, 2012 (over 7 years)

As part of an in-house legal team, I acted on behalf of the lender in all aspects of commercial finance transactions. As well as carrying out legal due diligence (which required excellent attention to detail) I was responsible for drafting multi-million pound loan documentation and proofreading my colleagues’ drafting to ensure any errors/typos were corrected prior to circulation. I drafted new pro-forma loan documentation for specialist loans and assisted colleagues with their drafting skills, reviewing and editing to ensure the language used was accurate and unambiguous. I was the case manager for the sale of a £300 million distressed property portfolio, coordinating satisfaction of requirements and managing a team of senior solicitors who were under pressure working to tight deadlines. I acted as the legal team’s project manager for a number of business projects aimed at improving our business processes. I was responsible for reviewing and editing project documents and business processes, co-ordinating input from other team members and ensuring compliance with project deadlines.

Portfolio (3 selected works)

Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack (33 1/3)

Andrew Schartmann

Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. (1985) score redefined video game music. With under three minutes of music, Kondo put to rest an era of bleeps and bloops-the sterile products of a lab environment-replacing it with one in which game sounds constituted a legitimate form of artistic expression. Andrew Schartmann takes us through the various external factors (e.g., the video game crash of 1983, Nin... read more

Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. (1985) score redefined video game music. With under three minutes of music, Kondo put to rest an era of bleeps and bloops-the sterile products of a lab environment-replacing it with one in which game sounds constituted a legitimate form of artistic expression. Andrew Schartmann takes us through the various external factors (e.g., the video game crash of 1983, Nin... read more

UK Ambulance Services Emergency Response Drivers Handbook

Driver Training Advisory Group, Association of Ambulance Chief Executives

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