Helen Wishart

Helen Wishart – Editor

Friendly copyeditor and proofreader with work experience in publishing and the NGO sector, and several professional qualifications.


I am an experienced and qualified publisher with strong editorial skills gained through an MA in Publishing and several years of work experience within the industry. In my work I have gained considerable experience in all aspects of producing written materials to a professional standard. I have a keen eye for attention to detail, and am a conscientious, deadline-driven worker. I have been working freelance since 2017 and have worked with a diverse range of publishers and NGOs. I would love to work with you to improve your written content and can offer flexibility to meet the needs of the client.

I specialise in non-fiction publications including popular interest non-fiction as well as books designed for the academic and professional market and NGO policy papers, guidelines, and other documents. My clients include: Bloomsbury Publishing plc, Karnac Books, Pluto Press, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Practical Action Publishing.
Agriculture Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences History LGBTQ Non-Fiction Nature Political Science & Current Affairs Psychology Travel
  • Pan Macmillan Editorial Prize
  • AHRC Studentship
  • MA Publishing, Oxford Brookes University
  • ALPSP Effective Journal Editorial Management
  • ALPSP Fundamentals of e-publishing
  • Publishing Training Centre: Rewriting and Substantive Editing

Work experience

Amnesty International UK

Jan, 2018 — Present

In this role I coordinate the production of Amnesty International UK through the editorial and production processes, working with a team of editors and designers. Content is varied and includes human rights reports, briefing papers, official documents, placards, and materials for stunts. I work with clients across the organisation to ensure the quality of our output and the maintenance of a strong brand identity.

Practical Action Publishing

Apr, 2014 — Apr, 2017 (about 3 years)

I coordinated all aspects of content development work including books, journals, and other publications, both in print and in digital. I managed the publishing schedule and ensured that content is delivered on time and within budget. I maintained relationships with authors, reviewers, copy editors, proofreaders, designers, typesetters, printers, and other suppliers, in order to see content through the editorial and production workflow. I also undertook some of this work in-house, including copyediting and proofreading, and so gained a thorough understanding of all aspects of seeing a project from its initial manuscript through to the completed final product.

I was assistant editor to the journals programme. I reviewed manuscripts for relevance and compliance to editorial policies, managed the peer review system, liaised with authors, and worked with the editorial board in order to ensure content is delivered for the production of each issue.

Berghahn Books

Sep, 2013 — Apr, 2014 (7 months)

Duties included: producing and scheduling e-newsletters, creating and scheduling social media postings, research into conference selection, preparation of materials for conferences, research into associations/societies re: co-marketing opportunities, writing marketing copy.

Bloomsbury Publishing

Jun, 2013 — Sep, 2013 (3 months)

Responsibilities were varied and included: copyediting, proofreading, indexing, writing back cover copy, blog posts, research for new lists, organising reviewers, liaising with authors, image permissions.


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The Construction Guide for Low-Rise Confined Masonry Buildings addresses the needs of small-scale contractors, technicians, government staff, architects as well as non-governmental organizations involved in post-disaster reconstruction. The guide has been writ... read more

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