Ingrid Cranfield

Ingrid Cranfield – Editor

Hugely experienced and skilled editor, proofreader and literary consultant, mostly in non-fiction and scholarly/academic fields


I have no socks left, having worked them off during decades of editing, proofreading and engaging with all things wordy. I was a senior editor on The Dictionary of Art and have been a freelance editor for some major publishers such as Thames & Hudson. I am Principal Editor for Global Century Press, a remote editor for a Canadian company, and have worked with prolific authors such as Stephen Guise and the renowned sociologist Prof. Martin Albrow.

I relish jobs that I can get my teeth into and are maybe a bit difficult, such as books translated into English or long, scholarly works. Almost all my work is done remotely, although I may sometimes get to meet a client. As an author, I understand what it takes to get published and am empathetic to and respectful of authors' work, retaining their voice while making the work accessible to readers. With my love for and superb knowledge of the English language, in all its different variations, I will always do a good job for a client. I am well used to working to deadlines, without losing thoroughness or accuracy. I'm amenable, flexible, friendly, fun to work with and, where necessary, brutally honest.

Here are some reviews I have received from work completed before I joined Reedsy (not everyone wants to be named):

"Many thanks indeed for your prompt, detailed, and extremely helpful report, which will make editing our first draft so much easier. You have gone beyond your official remit, and we are very grateful to you for doing so."

- Co-author of a comprehensive history of 20th-century England

"Thank you so much for all your hard work. I am so glad that I have worked with you. And, to tell you the truth, I have decided to continue working with you, be it articles, reports or maybe another book.

You have been more than an editor but also acted, at some point, like a good friend or a therapist. 🙂 Thank you, thank you, thank you.

If you can proofread, enhance vocabulary and put your shine on it, as you always do, I’d be grateful."

- Ezgi Başaran, author of Frontline Turkey and The New Spirit of Islamism

"Thank you so much, as usual, for your help and unrivalled guidance.

I require your usual faultless editing and more importantly your opinion.

You’re an angel, thank you."

- Keith Foskett, author of The Last Englishman and The Journey in Between

"Love your work. Thank you.

Yet more brilliant editing: you really have put a hell of a shine on the story.

By God, you’re good! I have to say, you are doing a magnificent job."

- Irish novelist

“Very good! Our manuscript was really carefully considered, and the comments provided were clear.”

“Thank you for your previous editing, I found it very useful, especially comments about improving the document.”

- Clients via an editing and proofreading service based in Canada

Architecture Education & Reference Health & Wellbeing History Sociology Travel
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • Life Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education, Institute of Education University of London (teaching qualification)

Work experience


Feb, 1982 — Present

Started as a freelance in 1982, providing editorial and literary services, including consultancy, appraisal, editing, proofreading and translation (from French and German). I have had a number of named roles, such as senior editor on The Dictionary of Art and principal editor for Global Century Press, all while remaining self-employed.


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Genghis Khan

Hoang, Michel

Pre-Columbian Art

Pasztory, Esther

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World History

Brewer, Paul, Malcolm Chandler, Gerard Cheshire, Ingrid Cranfield, Brenda Ralph Lewis, Anthony Shaw, Jon Sutherland and Robert Vint,

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