Kate Short

Kate Short - Editor

Uxbridge, UK

Non-fiction copy-editor and proofreader with in-house publishing experience, specialising in social sciences, humanities and education

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Hi. My name is Kate, and I have been working with words for most of my adult life.

I am a copy-editor, proofreader and editorial project manager with 15+ years' experience working on educational books, academic journals and digital products. My background is in psychology, linguistics and education, but I have turned my hand to a wide variety of subjects over the years, including child development, geography, history, religious studies, sport studies and sustainable development. My in-house experience has provided me with a firm understanding of the processes and decisions behind bringing a product to press, and the potential challenges along the way. This has informed the way I work with my clients.

During a copy-edit, I focus on the technical aspects of your writing, checking grammar, punctuation and spelling (of course!), but also assessing clarity, flow and consistency of style.

A proofread, on the other hand, is the final quality check, where I would look to catch any essential grammar, punctuation and spelling errors, as well as check for any formatting issues.

If you are unsure which level of service you require, I would be happy to discuss this with you. On every project, I value the importance of collaboration with you, the author, the subject expert.

As a Professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP, formerly SfEP), you can rest assured that I have met the standards and expertise required to provide a quality service. I have also completed editorial training with the CIEP, the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) and the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA).

English (UK)
English (US)
Children’s Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Parenting & Families
Self-Help & Self-Improvement


  • Editing in Word, SfEP
  • Editorial Project Management, PTC
  • An Introduction to Developmental Editing, EFA
  • Working with Word's Styles, SfEP
  • Brush Up Your Grammar, SfEP
  • Proofreading and Editorial Skills, Chapterhouse
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics, Newcastle University, 2.i
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, London South Bank University, Distinction

Work experience

Copy-editor, Proofreader and Editorial Project Manager

April, 2009 – Present (almost 14 years)

Copy-editing, proofreading and editorial project management of books, journals and digital resources for educational and academic publishers, as well as editorial services for businesses and individuals.

Desk Editor

Hodder Education
March, 2007 – April, 2009 (about 2 years)

Project management of Further Education books on the Psychology, Early Years and Health & Social Care lists, seeing manuscripts through all stages of the production process, including creating text design and illustration briefs, liaising with designers and authors, commissioning freelancers and checking proofs.

Assistant Editor, Trends in Cognitive Sciences

September, 2006 – March, 2007 (6 months)

Responsible for all copy for international review journal, including extensive copy-editing of articles, figure editing, collaboration with authors, liaison with other in-house departments and maintenance of journal trafficking database.

Education and Childcare T Level: Early Years Educator

Tassoni, Penny, Burnham, Louise, King, Janet

Teaching Literature Using Dialogic Literary Argumentation

Seymour, Matt, Thanos, Theresa, Newell, George E., Bloome, David

Songs of Silence

Forbes, Curdella

My Revision Notes CCEA GCSE Business

McAree, David, McLaughlin, John

Sustainable Development, Leadership, and Innovations

Streimikiene, Dalia, Mikalauskiene, Asta, Ciegis, Remigijus

Theories of Culture

Groh, Arnold

AQA A-level Psychology (Year 1 and Year 2)

Lawton, Jean-Marc, Willard, Eleanor

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