Hannah Close

Hannah Close - Editor

Newbury, UK

I'm a copyeditor and proofreader with a love of fantasy and romance, as well as in-house experience of academic book publishing.

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Overview

If you want your story to be the best that it can be, then I can help you. As a writer myself, I understand just how much time, energy and feeling you have put into your book. I will treat your words with the utmost respect and strive to help you tell your story as clearly as possible.

Always an avid reader (yes, I was one of those kids who read with a torch under the covers in bed, when I was supposed to be asleep!), I particularly enjoy fantasy, classic literature and romance. I have two degrees in literature and have read many books on creative writing, so I know exactly what makes a good story, what the 'rules' are for each genre - and when and how they can be broken.

I will use all of this knowledge to ensure that each sentence of dialogue is in-character and moves the plot along, to pick up on any elements of inconsistency such as a character's hair or eye colour - or name! - changing part way through, and to help make the reading experience as smooth as possible with no errors in grammar or spelling to trip your readers up. (Well, as few as possible. Perfection is not humanly possible, unfortunately!) This will ensure your text is in the best possible shape for publication, whether that be with a traditional publishing house or down a self-publishing route.

I have been freelance since 2016 and have worked with a wide range of both academic and independent authors. Before freelancing, I worked in-house for seven years with roles in three academic publishing houses in both editorial and production departments, which gave me a thorough understanding of how a book transforms from manuscript into printed product. Let me help you realise your dream of seeing your published book on a bookshelf, whether that's a physical or virtual shelf!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Psychology
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Paranormal Romance
Romance

Certifications

  • BA in English and Related Literature
  • MA in Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture
  • Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning
  • Proofreading Progress
  • Proofreading Mentoring
  • Introduction to Copy-editing
  • Essential Copy-Editing, Merit

Work experience

Development Editor

Cengage
September, 2014 – July, 2019 (almost 5 years)

Initially a maternity cover position, I was required to adapt quickly and help out as needed with on-going projects. In December 2014 I secured the position permanently and was given my own projects to manage. This involved organising reviews, commissioning new content for both print and digital resources, preparing manuscripts for production, checking proofs and proofing and editing online content. Following my promotion in March 2015, I took on greater responsibility across more projects including commissioning a new author for a first edition adaptation, which required an overseas visit and negotiation of the contract terms.

Production Editor

Taylor & Francis
November, 2013 – June, 2014 (7 months)

As Production Editor I learnt how to carry a title through from handover to publication, managing a high number of projects simultaneously. I briefed each title for project managers, checked proofs and final files, organised covers and the printing and binding of the final product. I worked on both UK and US titles with separate styles, spelling and grammar.

Editorial Assistant

McGraw-Hill
June, 2012 – November, 2013 (over 1 year)

In this role I quickly learnt how to build relationships with authors and reviewers, conduct market research and prepare manuscripts for handover. The biggest challenge of the role was working across two very different lists and having to balance sometimes conflicting deadlines, but this developed my organisation and prioritisation skills to an extremely high level.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Goblin Child: and other stories

Michael Forester

Michael Forester’s award winning short stories and flash fiction range from fantasy to young love and old fear, Gay & Lesbian to spirituality & religion, metaphor to morals to literary fiction. Always these powerful, highly original tales are gripping and readable, stories that surprise, illuminate engage and enrich. • A man who remembers his birth in terrifying detail • A woman who is certain... read more

Michael Forester’s award winning short stories and flash fiction range from fantasy to young love and old fear, Gay & Lesbian to spirituality & religion, metaphor to morals to literary fiction. Always these powerful, highly original tales are gripping and readable, stories that surprise, illuminate engage and enrich. • A man who remembers his birth in terrifying detail • A woman who is certain... read more

Addressing Special Educational Needs and Disability in the Curriculum: Maths (Addressing SEND in the Curriculum)

Max Wallace

The SEND Code of Practice (2015) reinforced the requirement that all teachers must meet the needs of all learners. This topical book provides practical, tried and tested strategies and resources that will support teachers in making maths lessons accessible and interesting for all pupils, including those with special needs. The author draws on a wealth of experience to share his understanding o... read more

The SEND Code of Practice (2015) reinforced the requirement that all teachers must meet the needs of all learners. This topical book provides practical, tried and tested strategies and resources that will support teachers in making maths lessons accessible and interesting for all pupils, including those with special needs. The author draws on a wealth of experience to share his understanding o... read more

Advances in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Field Theory: Concept and Future Development (Psychoanalytic Field Theory Book Series 2)

Field Theory is a powerful and growing paradigm within psychoanalysis, but has previously been split between various schools of thought with little overlap. In this book, a distinguished group of contributors from across all perspectives on Field Theory examine its uniting factors and set out future developments and directions for the paradigm within psychoanalysis. Advances in Contemporary Ps... read more

Field Theory is a powerful and growing paradigm within psychoanalysis, but has previously been split between various schools of thought with little overlap. In this book, a distinguished group of contributors from across all perspectives on Field Theory examine its uniting factors and set out future developments and directions for the paradigm within psychoanalysis. Advances in Contemporary Ps... read more

Becoming a Choral Music Teacher

Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman

The Role of Education in Enabling the Sustainable Development Agenda (Routledge Studies in Development and Society)

Stephanie E.L. Bengtsson, Bilal Barakat, Raya Muttarak

The Role of Education in Enabling the Sustainable Development Agenda explores the relationship between education and other key sectors of development in the context of the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda. While it is widely understood that there is a positive relationship between education and other dimensions of development, and populations around the world show a clear ... read more

The Role of Education in Enabling the Sustainable Development Agenda explores the relationship between education and other key sectors of development in the context of the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda. While it is widely understood that there is a positive relationship between education and other dimensions of development, and populations around the world show a clear ... read more

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