Joanna Pyke

Joanna Pyke – Editor

Authors say I’m thorough, professional and prompt – contact me to find out why!


'I’ve just been through your queries … and I just want to say THANK YOU! … Your attention to detail is … just what we were hoping for. Thanks so much.'
– Caroline Brown, coauthor of The Strengths-Based Organization

'Joanna … is very professional, attentive to detail, prompt in responding to emails – and all-around a pleasure to work with! Thank you for making the necessary improvements to our book!'
– Asya Pereltsvaig, Lecturer in Linguistics

I'm a highly experienced Editor and Proofreader, currently focusing on proofreading. I'm comfortable working on a wide range of subjects including Business and Management, Politics, Psychology and Self-development.

I can take on small projects up to about 30,000 words, so if you'd like us to work together on your project please contact me.
Business & Management Health & Wellbeing History Political Science & Current Affairs Psychology Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (UK) English (US)
  • BA Hons English Studies, 2:1

Work experience


Aug, 2006 — Present

My clients include authors, publishers and SMEs and I can currently take on small proofreading projects up to about 30,000 words. Please contact me if you'd like us to work together on your project.

Blackwell Publishing, Oxford

Aug, 1998 — Jun, 2006 (almost 8 years)

I project managed academic books from unedited typescript through to final corrections, on subjects ranging from Business and Management to Psychology and Geography. When I became a freelancer, I project managed, edited and proofread for Blackwell as well as other clients.


Lucy Adams's bestselling HR Disrupted (2017) called for a radical change in how we treat our most important resource of all - our people. Now she has created the handbook for HR professionals, showing exactly how to go about making the change to create a funct... read more
Develop Your Presentation Skills offers step-by-step realistic advice to improve your confidence, prepare effectively and nail that presentation.Going beyond just handling nerves and presenting PowerPoint slides, Develop Your Presentation Skills provides you w... read more
Are you overwhelmed by project management jargon? Interested in developing a project management career, but bewildered by the plethora of costly courses and qualifications? Then this is the book for you. How to Manage Projects explains the fundamentals of this... read more
From bestselling author Michael Armstrong comes a new edition of the business staple, How to Manage People. Providing valuable insight into the skills required to be an effective manager, this one-stop guide to people management will help you get the best from... read more
Meet with Impact

Tom Russell

Meet With Impact gives you 40 exciting, engaging and easy visual tools to help make your meetings more productive and useful. Stuck in the same old slide-deck rut? There is a better way, and it’s explained right here. Like it or hate it we spend too much of ou... read more
The Rules to Break

Richard Templar

A personal code for living your life your way. From a very young age you’ve been inundated with other people’s well-intended rules. Whether from teachers, friends or parents, these helpful principles and bits of gracious advice are supposed to help you get on ... read more
How can today's business leaders keep up with seismic geopolitical and economic shifts that include Brexit, inflation and the unseating of traditional political powers, and what do these mean for their own leadership narratives? In The Leadership Lab, bestsell... read more
Mastering Product Management: A Step-by-Step Guide offers practical, real-world advice on the most important things a Product Manager will be involved with, and will deliver, in the quest for creating and capturing value. It covers the full new product cycle, ... read more
Winner of the Fortnum and Mason Best Debut Drink Book Award 2017From renowned booze correspondent Henry Jeffreys comes this rich and full-bodied history of Britain and the Empire, told through the improbable but true stories of how the world’s favourite alcoho... read more
When implementation is an afterthought, tackled with a "quick and dirty" approach, things may get done, but they rarely produce results. What's the point of that? Learn to master the art and science of implementing change for results with this practical refere... read more
The imaginary economy is that large fraction of the economic system which produces services with the only real utility of furnishing an income to those who provide them.It is the spontaneous remedy to the fast productivity increase in the manufacturing sector,... read more
The Manager spoke of a team, united in a shared goal. Empowered and motivated to utilise all of their experience and expertise. Engaged employees who looked forward to work every day. Who felt inspired and enthusiastic. Always ready to challenge and stretch th... read more
Over 32,000 copies sold. The golden principles and behaviours to guide you smoothly through the challenges of raising children.
DREAMING OF AN EMPTY INBOX, BUT DON’T KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN? We’re bombarded with messages every day, but no one tells you how to improve these vital email skills. In less than 100 pages, this handy book will help you discover how to regain control of you... read more
Save the Swamp is a must read for progressive activists, university professors, Hollywood celebrities, and government bureaucrats who want to ridicule and harass conservative cranks into silence. They slow down the train of progressivism with their ridiculous ... read more
Design Management is the essential handbook to all things design. As a discipline, design management is continually in motion; changing, responding and adapting to the dynamics of social and business transformation. As a business function, it combines project ... read more
'Global Women Leaders transports the reader into the fascinating lives of trailblazers in four very different countries. All were change-makers in their professions, and all of them confronted the challenges women everywhere will recognize as their own. How th... read more
Innovative B2B Marketing is a clear, practical guide that demystifies modern aspects of B2B marketing, including marketing models, processes and thought leadership pieces. New customer buying habits, the digital era and the new industry landscape (influenced b... read more
Entrepreneurship is the engine of economic development, which in turn impacts the challenges facing future entrepreneurs. Understanding the development of a vivid entrepreneurial society requires attention to several interacting factors, as well as expected tr... read more
Disruptive Technologies outlines the steps businesses can take to engage with emerging technologies today in order to serve the consumer of tomorrow. This book offers the knowledge and tools to engage confidently with emerging technologies for better business.... read more
If you're a busy manager, looking for fast, focused guidance on how to make impact now then this book is for you. Discover vital, quick-fix, do-it-now ideas and techniques for instant impact and fast learning, as well as more detailed guidance for deeper knowl... read more
Discover how to banish stress and negativity, rediscover your best self and become an inspirational leader – starting now. Inspirational leaders: Target strengths, not weaknesses Have a dream Manage energy, not time Put happiness before success Based on cuttin... read more
NOW WITH 10 NEW RULES A definitive code for managerial success Some people find management so easy. They appear to be natural leaders, painlessly negotiating the system, the politics, the people, and the targets. Is there something they know that the rest of u... read more
Positively Smarter brings together seven principles for connecting the science of neuroplasticity to practical strategies for enhancing the synergy of happiness, achievement, and physical well-being. Moving beyond common myths, the text builds an evidence-base... read more
This introduction to the politics of the European Union uses the lens of comparative politics to explore the history, theories, institutions, key participants, policies and policy making of the EU. The comparative approach enables students to use their knowled... read more
In this topical book, Boudewijn de Bruin examines the ethical 'blind spots' that lay at the heart of the global financial crisis. He argues that the most important moral problem in finance is not the 'greed is good' culture, but rather the epistemic shortcomin... read more
What does it take to write great ad copy? Clever headlines? Catchy slogans? Compelling visuals? Cohesive campaigns? Yes all that and more.You must also understand your audience. You must know how they live. What they value. How they liked to be reached. And wh... read more
Discovering methods to combat poverty and social exclusion has now become a major political challenge in Europe. Combating Poverty in Europe offers an original and timely analysis of how this challenge is met by actors at European, national and subnational lev... read more

Joanna has 15 reviews





Carla S.

Carla S.

Sep, 2021

I loved Joanna's attention to detail when proofreading the piece! Would definitely work with her again.
Mark B.

Mark B.

Aug, 2021

Joanna is top-notch proofreader with atomic-level vision to catch the slightest error, misaligned metaphor, or shift in tenses that through readers off. She delivered earlier than the deadline, was responsive to inquiries, and an easy to work with. I highly recommend her as a copy-editor and proofreader.
Arvid K.

Arvid K.

May, 2021

Again, Joanna has done an incredible job. I hired her for my first book a year ago, and she did an incredible job there, too. Joanna is meticulous and she is extremely skilled at finding hard-to-understand sections and making them accessible. Always a pleasure.


Mar, 2021

I am very pleased with the work Joanna provided. Her quality of work and communication was beyond reproach. I would recommend her to anyone from beginner to old pro. She was very kind and understanding in all aspects of the process. I will always be thankful for her making this endeavor so easy.
Alexis B.

Alexis B.

Nov, 2020

I will keep the review short: you should hire Joanna! She edited a rather complex book for me (about artificial intelligence and finance) and her work was nothing short of outstanding. - before the engagement, she edited a few pages for me to make sure that this was the level of editing I wanted - at the start of the project, she was very clear about her availability and the time it would take...
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