James Wallis

James Wallis – Editor

Specialist non-fiction editor and proofreader with 25+ years of experience working in US and UK English. Former air rescue magazine editor.

Overview

I’m James, an editor and proofreader with over two decades’ experience in the publishing industry. I’m a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA).


I work in UK and US English as a freelance copy editor and proofreader, helping individuals, publishers, and corporate clients make their text clear and consistent, ready for submission or publication. I specialize in non-fiction, in particular science and maths, but work on a wide range of materials.


My career began at one of the UK’s most popular educational publishers, writing and editing maths, science, and language books for schools. I later spent a decade at a trade magazine publisher, serving as editor of an international air rescue magazine (combining aviation and medicine) as well as working on health and travel insurance titles.


I’d love to hear from you to discuss how I can help with your projects.


James

freelance editor and proofreader



Testimonials:


"I have worked with many proofreaders and editors and James is by far the best one I was lucky to collaborate with. He was flexible for me to submit some final additions and edits, was timely in his delivery and checked every detail for accuracy. I will be delighted to work with him again!"

— Niousha R., PhD


"One of our clients had her assignment rejected a couple times, but finally, after your proofing, it was accepted! Good Job!"

— Paweł Dzierżak,


“James has been working as a proofreader for us and his work has been excellent throughout. He’s brilliant at spotting mistakes and has a very good feel for the English language. He works fast, and his comments are clear and concise. Last but not least, he’s also very nice to work with.”

– Sonja Klug, Director and founder, Storydo

Services
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference ELT Math & Science Sex & Relationships
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, University College London
  • Professional Member, Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders, 2022

Work experience

Self-employed

Dec, 2017 — Present

Working for a range of clients from educational publishers to academic authors to industrial chemical producers, correcting text and preparing documents, including developmental editing, copyediting and proofreading.

Voyageur Publishing & Events

Jul, 2007 — Dec, 2017 (over 10 years)

Editor of AirMed & Rescue Magazine since launch, a trade title with a global audience

Interim editor of International Hospitals & Medical Tourism (2016-2017)

Commissioning industry professionals and freelance writers to produce a range of content from feature articles to opinion columns and profiles

Copy-editing and proofreading to house style

Daily news sourcing/writing to update

Writing feature articles, news analyses, editorial comments and more

CGP Books

Nov, 1998 — Apr, 2003 (over 4 years)

Contributed to 70+ schools titles on a range of subjects from early learning to A-level, including maths, science, languages and geography.

Managed and led projects, working to deadlines and ‘time budgets’, including book ranges with multiple internal and external authors.

Developed and commissioned new products, writing detailed content plans down to page level, designing page style and functionality, to match for example GCSE specifications and the KS1/2 science scheme of work.

Creating content (text and images), from individual chapters to complete books, to house style.

Editing pages created by team writers and outside authors.

Proofreading books prior to printing.

Portfolio

Copy Editing
Sexuality and Parenthood

Rzepecki, Zosia and Dawid

Proofreading
Proofreading
CGP Study High School Biology Program

Chriss Dennett, James Wallis, Dominic Hall, Roger Jarman, Suzanne Worthington

Proofreading
Developmental Editing Proofreading
Proofreading
Developmental Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Proofreading

James has 2 reviews

Professionalism

Quality

Value

Responsiveness

Niousha R.

Niousha R.

Feb, 2023

It's my second assignment with James and he's been highly professional, accurate and overall competent. Couldn't recommend him more!
James W.
Thanks Niousha!
Niousha R.

Niousha R.

Oct, 2022

I have worked with many proofreaders and editors and James is by far the best one I was lucky to collaborate with. He was flexible for me to submit some final additions and edits, was timely in his delivery and checked every detail for accuracy. I will be delighted to work with him again!
James W.
Thanks Niousha! I really enjoyed working on this project.

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