Helen Galloway

Helen Galloway - Editor

Dalgety Bay, UK

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

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Overview

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.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
ELT
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Certifications

  • 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

Freelance translator, copy-editor and proofreader of English language-learning materials

Self-employed
January, 2003 – Present (almost 20 years)

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

Freelance lexicographer working on bilingual German-English dictionaries and databases

Self-employed
September, 1999 – Present (about 23 years)

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)

Freelance copy-editor and proofreader of English texts written by non-native speakers

Self-employed
April, 2009 – Present (over 13 years)

Main client: Gyldendal Uddannelse (Danish educational publisher). Titles edited and proofread include 'Distorted Mirrors' by Kaalund and Clausen; 'The Gothic Universe' by Erbst and Mortensen; and 'Toolbox' by Engberg-Pedersen.

Other clients include:
Copenhagen Game Lab (since 2016)
Copenhagen Capacity (since 2011)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Langenscheidt Standard Dictionary German (Langenscheidt Standard Dictionaries)

Langenscheidt

The leading classroom reference and the favorite of students and teachers in high schools and colleges, this dictionary offers a wealth of entries in a clear, simple and easy-to-use layout. Detailed grammatical information as well as fields, semantic and register labels enable the user to understand and employ the headwords more accurately and to distinguish between the translations in a relia... read more

The leading classroom reference and the favorite of students and teachers in high schools and colleges, this dictionary offers a wealth of entries in a clear, simple and easy-to-use layout. Detailed grammatical information as well as fields, semantic and register labels enable the user to understand and employ the headwords more accurately and to distinguish between the translations in a relia... read more

Larousse German Phrasebook (Larousse Phrasebook) (German and English Edition)

These pocket-size books are a must-have for travelers. Each book contains a 7,000-entry bilingual dictionary and phrasebook, complete with sample sentences and phonetic transcriptions to aid in usage and pronunciation. Also included are notes on grammar, slang and informal expressions, and extensive coverage of food and drink menu items.Travelers will also find useful addresses and telephone n... read more

These pocket-size books are a must-have for travelers. Each book contains a 7,000-entry bilingual dictionary and phrasebook, complete with sample sentences and phonetic transcriptions to aid in usage and pronunciation. Also included are notes on grammar, slang and informal expressions, and extensive coverage of food and drink menu items.Travelers will also find useful addresses and telephone n... read more

Langenscheidt Deutsch für Faule - The German Language Course for Lazy Learners (English Edition)

Langenscheidt

Learning German with a difference! This language course for minimalists and people without patience is based on the principle of less is more. In 10 mini lessons the learner practices the most important everyday topics and speaking situations. The humorous approach and the appealing presentation make immersing yourself in the language fun.Learning German playfully and effortlessly:10 mini less... read more

Learning German with a difference! This language course for minimalists and people without patience is based on the principle of less is more. In 10 mini lessons the learner practices the most important everyday topics and speaking situations. The humorous approach and the appealing presentation make immersing yourself in the language fun.Learning German playfully and effortlessly:10 mini less... read more

Oxford School German Dictionary (English and German Edition)

Oxford Dictionaries

Oxford School German Dictionary

Oxford School German Dictionary

Collins German Concise Dictionary, 5th Edition (Collins Language)

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

This practical, versatile edition of the Collins German Dictionary offers comprehensive coverage of today’s language with more than 200,000 entries and translations. This is the most complete guide to grammar offered in a German dictionary, and includes all the information needed to write a paper, read a book, or tell a story.

This practical, versatile edition of the Collins German Dictionary offers comprehensive coverage of today’s language with more than 200,000 entries and translations. This is the most complete guide to grammar offered in a German dictionary, and includes all the information needed to write a paper, read a book, or tell a story.

Willkommen! 1 (Third edition) German Beginner’s course: Activity book

Heiner Schneke

*This listing is for the activity book. Willkommen! 1 is also available as a Course Pack, coursebook, and CD & DVD set.* Willkommen! 1 German Beginner's Course is a best-selling multi-format German adult learning programme for classroom and home use. Fully revised and updated for this new edition, the course includes a coursebook, course pack, activity book and CD and DVD set plus online activ... read more

*This listing is for the activity book. Willkommen! 1 is also available as a Course Pack, coursebook, and CD & DVD set.* Willkommen! 1 German Beginner's Course is a best-selling multi-format German adult learning programme for classroom and home use. Fully revised and updated for this new edition, the course includes a coursebook, course pack, activity book and CD and DVD set plus online activ... read more

Living German: A Grammar-Based Course

R. W. Buckley, Paul Coggle

This new 7th edition includes an up-to-date culture and vocabulary guide, allowing you to broaden your knowledge of contemporary language and customs.Do you want to learn German or brush up what you know already? Are you looking for a course with a traditional approach to language learning, based on solid grammatical foundations, translation skills and practical vocabulary? If so, this is the ... read more

This new 7th edition includes an up-to-date culture and vocabulary guide, allowing you to broaden your knowledge of contemporary language and customs.Do you want to learn German or brush up what you know already? Are you looking for a course with a traditional approach to language learning, based on solid grammatical foundations, translation skills and practical vocabulary? If so, this is the ... read more

Langenscheidt Sag's auf Deutsch - Say it in German: The 1,000 most essential German words

Helen Galloway, Isabel Meraner, Lutz Walther, Langenscheidt

Say it in German! Learn just 1000 words and you will be able to use 80% of everyday vocabulary quickly and confidently. It is ideal for beginners learning basic vocabulary for the first time, as well as for revision purposes. The 1000 most common basic words at a glance Clearly divided into everyday subjects Get going right away: Every word comes with phonetics and example sentence Avoid the p... read more

Say it in German! Learn just 1000 words and you will be able to use 80% of everyday vocabulary quickly and confidently. It is ideal for beginners learning basic vocabulary for the first time, as well as for revision purposes. The 1000 most common basic words at a glance Clearly divided into everyday subjects Get going right away: Every word comes with phonetics and example sentence Avoid the p... read more

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