Karen Francis

Karen Francis - Editor

Huddersfield, UK

Skilled non-fiction copyeditor, experienced in academic books. Diverse range of themes, e.g. science, biography, Classics and history.

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I'm an experienced copyeditor and proofreader with a background in writing and a penchant for coffee and pains au chocolat. I worked in construction and engineering from graduation in 2007 to 2020, first as a design manager, then as a technical writer and finally as a bid writer and proofreader.

As such, I have lots of corporate experience in the building industry, but am also skilled in editing academic books, which I did part-time from 2015 to 2020 (when I went full-time freelance). I have a Classics degree, so arts, literature and philosophy are a passion – and I'm a qualified Tai Chi instructor! A lot of my work has been in the fields of physics, maths and tech, but more recently it has also included fields as varied as Eastern European history, self-help and maritime history. Basically, as long as it's non-fiction, I'm good to go – I've proven time and again that my skills apply, whatever the subject matter.

I've worked extensively in tender submission environments, so I'm happy with tight deadlines and thrive under pressure. I like to work directly with the author to review copy sentence by sentence to make suggestions that ensure absolute clarity of meaning, while of course checking and refining spelling and grammar. I've been lucky to work with some great clients so far, including Oxford University Press, Pearson, Brill, Edinburgh University Press and Watkins, among others – see my website and the titles below for more information!
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
Math & Science


  • Member of CIEP

Work experience

Freelance editor and writer

June, 2015 – Present (about 7 years)

Freelance proofreader and copy-editor with copy-writing experience. I have an academic background in Classics and Ancient History and a professional background in Construction and Engineering. Experience working for a range of academic publishers on a freelance basis, including:
Oxford University Press,
Royal Society of Chemistry,
Institute of Classical Studies,
UCL Press,
Verso Books.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Reconceiving Spinoza

Newlands, Samuel

Epistemic Situationism

Fairweather, Abrol, Alfano, Mark

Agricultural Chemicals and the Environment: Issues and Potential Solutions (Issues in Environmental Science and Technology (Volume 43))

Hester, R E, Harrison, R M, McDowell, Richard, Lampkin, Nicolas, Collier, Rosemary, McConnell, Laura, Moffat, Colin, Bailey, Steven, Jones, Huw D

Science and Art: The Contemporary Painted Surface

Sgamellotti, Antonio, Brunetti, Brunetto Giovanni, Miliani, Costanza, Biolchini, Irene, Pensabene, Luciano, Marte, Fernando, Bochicchio, Luca, Patti, Mattia, Saba, Cosetta, Pasqualino di Marineo, Rosalia, di Pietrantonio, Giaconti, Ruvalcaba, Jose Luis, Learner, Tom, Mirabile, Antonio, Rocco, Fabiola, Capucci, Pier Luigi, Melo, Maria Joao, Scheurmann, Konrad, Toniolo, Lucia, Ormsby, Bronwyn, Quaranta, Domenico, Poldi, Gianluca, Ferriani, Barbara, Szmelter, Iwona, Souza, Luiz, Ricci, Mosè

Magnetic Nanomaterials: Applications in Catalysis and Life Sciences (ISSN Book 26)

Bossmann, Stefan H, Wang, Hongwang, Chikan, Viktor, Wang, Hongwang, Liu, Jianming, Perera, Ayomi, Wang, Donghai, Koptyug, Igor, Bossmann, Stefan H., Prakesh, Punit, Zhu, Gaohong, Basel, Matthew T

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Avery Smith
Karen has been a delight to work with. She was responsive but she also contacted me when she had questions or needed clarification or guidance. I am pleased with the final product to such a degree that I look forward to working with her on future projects.

Avery Smith, March 2022

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