Hazel Reid

Hazel Reid – Editor

I'm an editor who loves to help all kinds of writers to polish and perfect their words so that the stories they tell are the best.


After many years in business publishing handling publications for companies from large corporates to small-and-medium-sized businesses, I moved into the freelance world 14 years ago. Since then I have edited and proofread books: business, leisure, non-fiction and academic titles, as well as magazines and marketing material.

My skills and areas of interest cover history, folklore, human interest, memoirs and family histories,
business and management, HR topics, non-native English editing, autobiographies and transatlantic studies.

I am also an enthusiastic stitcher and love to work with words about textile art and design, embroidery, felt-making and sewing of all kinds.

I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and edited their membership magazine for ten years.

I love helping an author to ensure the best combination of words and phrases to make the story they are telling the very best. I'll also ensure that grammar, punctuation and spelling are correct so as not to interrupt the reader's concentration. The apostrophe may occur often - but always in the right place.

I really enjoy handling words and making them clear to the reader while retaining the author's style. Clarity and attention to detail are paramount.

What people have said:

I am deeply appreciative to have had your expertise and feel like I have learned so much, even in the past couple of hours, looking through these final proofs, in terms of how to give my writing a needed fine tune. I feel genuinely blessed that you agreed to come with me on this final stage of the journey.
Jamie Hylands, author of The Middle

It would not have been possible to put this thesis together without your patience and your meticulous way of going through the pages with a fine-tooth comb, untangling all the winding, convoluted language, in order that my words would make sense.
Khairul Ismail - PhD thesis (non-native English speaker)
Art Design DIY & Crafts Fashion & Textiles Health & Wellbeing History Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (UK)
  • Twice named Editor of the Year for business publications
  • Advanced Professional member of The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading


In 1995 Bank of Scotland celebrated 300 years as Britain's oldest commercial bank. Voted 'most admired bank', respected by competitors, applauded by investors and trusted by customers, it looked forward to the next three hundred. Less than 15 years later it wa... read more
This book fills a gap in the existing literature on the Second World War by covering the range of challenges, threats, issues, dilemmas, and changes faced and dealt with by Sweden during the conflict.Interest in Sweden's wartime experiences has increased due t... read more
Books with embroidered bindings and covers can be true works of art—treasured heirlooms to be handed down for generations. Now all needleworkers can master this traditional craft with the help of these detailed instructions and patterns. The projects combine s... read more
Crafters and fashionistas alike will go wild about this inspiration-packed book, which offers several ways to make felt and a wide range of patterns for stylish felt garments and accessories. The fashions include everything from hats to lavish full-length coat... read more
Andrew Blaikie explores how different, but connected, ways of seeing infuse relationships between place and belonging. He argues that all memories, whether fleeting glimpses or elaborate narratives, invoke imagined pasts, be these of tenement life, island cult... read more
This text examines the domestic architecture of the Scottish Highlands. Why are all the houses white boxes or in terraced village main streets? It explores why the houses and villages of the modern Highlands look the way they do and how they relate to history ... read more
The essential sewing book for the hip, modern crafter. Put some "wow" into your crafting kapow! Craft is exploding in popularity and DIY is totally trendy. Just Sew Stories includes twenty-five cool projects to make and give as gifts—or to keep for yourself! N... read more
In this book John Lynch distils everything he has learned in an international sales career lasting more than 40 years on every continent except Antarctica.This is not a How To Sell book. There are lots of those; some are really good and some are no help at all... read more

Hazel has 4 reviews





Adriana D.

Adriana D.

Oct, 2021

It was a pleasure working with Hazel on my first book. Her encouraging comments were much appreciated, as was her meticulous proofreading.
Zoe G.

Zoe G.

Jun, 2021

Having my book edited was a completely new process for me, so I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with Hazel. She provided invaluable advice and reassurance throughout the entire process, for which I am very grateful and will take into my future writing. I wholeheartedly recommend Hazel and thank her for all her help and editing expertise.
Hazel R.
Working with Zoe was a rewarding experience and I was glad to answer her questions about 'the Reedsy process' as this was not only her first book but also her first time of using Reedsy. She was gr...
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Karen H.

Karen H.

Mar, 2018

This is my debut book and Hazel has been wonderful.She is patient, kind and professional.Thank you, Hazel!
Katrina K.

Katrina K.

Oct, 2016

If ever I need a proofreader again, I'll be choosing Hazel.

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