Helen Galloway

Helen Galloway – Editor

Copy-editor and proofreader with 20 years' experience and still a stickler for detail! Specialities: reference, education, humanities.


Proofreading dictionaries is not for the faint-hearted, but that’s how I cut my teeth as a proofreader over twenty years ago. As a freelance compiler working on bilingual dictionary projects for a variety of German and British publishers, proofreading was an essential part of the job. And, at the end of a long project, it often needed to be done in a fraction of the time originally allocated to it. That certainly taught me speed and accuracy.

As well as my dictionary background, I have also worked for many years as a freelance copy-editor, mainly on language-learning materials, but also commercial and academic texts. I am now hoping to expand the range of subjects I specialize in as a copy-editor and proofreader to reflect my personal interests in all types of fiction, literature, history, art, cookery, gardening, health and the natural world. Much of the work I edit has been written by non-native speakers of English, which adds an extra dimension to the editing process. It has taught me how to shape a natural-sounding text, and has also turned me into a self-confessed pedant who pounces on any inaccuracies or inconsistencies in style, spelling, grammar or punctuation. It can make reading for pleasure really tricky sometimes, but gives me great job satisfaction.

Not only can I offer you a fast, accurate and efficient copy-editing and proofreading service, but I also take great pride in my reputation as a reliable and flexible worker. After so many years as a freelancer, I’m still amazed at how grateful clients are when I deliver a piece of work on or ahead of time or respond flexibly to their requirements. Aren’t reliability and flexibility an essential part of being a freelance copy-editor and proofreader, as well as accuracy and speed? They certainly are in my book.

I look forward to assisting you with your project.
Education & Reference ELT Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (UK) English (US)
  • PhD in German literature from the University of St Andrews
  • MA (Hons) in German from the University of St Andrews
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Translation from the Institute of Linguists in London
  • Chapterhouse Proofreading Certificate

Work experience


Jan, 2003 — Aug, 2019 (over 16 years)

Projects include language courses, grammars, vocabulary, easy readers, teenage
slang and phrasebooks for the following companies:
Langenscheidt GmbH & Co. KG (2003-2019)
Duolingo (since 2021)
Hueber Verlag (2016)
John Murray Learning (2018)
Hodder and Stoughton (2015-2017)


Sep, 1999 — Present

As well as compiling the content, I have also been responsible for proofreading all the dictionary projects I've worked on. Clients include:
Langenscheidt GmbH & Co. KG (2002-2019)
Oxford University Press (2016-2017)
Kernerman Dictionaries (2015-2016)
Larousse (2003-2006)
HarperCollins Publishers (2000-2002)
Chambers Harrap (1999-2000)


Apr, 2009 — Present

Main client: Forlaget Columbus (Danish educational publisher: since 2021). Titles edited and proofread include:
'Choices' by Mette Hermann
'Listen! Podcasts in English' by Olsen and Houlind
'Divided Kingdom: Brexit and Beyond' by Hess Thaysen and Debel Christensen
'Boomerang – Australia: race, identity, nature and horse thieves' by Bo Høpfner Clausen and Jesper Kaalund
'UK Now – An Introduction to Modern Britain' by Jakob Sinding Skött and Casper Sylvest.

Other clients include:
Gyldendal Uddannelse (Danish educational publisher: since 2009)
Copenhagen Game Lab (2016-2018)
Copenhagen Capacity (2011-2018)


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