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Katherine Stephen

Katherine Stephen - Editor

London

Quick and efficient proofreader with experience of all genres, lengths and budgets. Likes whisky.

Overview

Reviews (4)

I'm a freelance proofreader with four years of experience, working with large publishing houses such as HarperCollins as well as independent authors and small businesses. My non-proofreading background is music, boats and business/hospitality. I love working on full length novels and memoirs, but there's no job too big or small - I've previously written and proofread copy for websites, white papers, articles and blogs, and can offer fast turnarounds and flexible pricing. I am also the co-founder of Abandoned Bookshop, an imprint specialising in lost classics and new translations.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Humor & Comedy Literature Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Economics Life Sciences Music Politics & Current Affairs Technology Travel

Certifications

  • Proofreading (distance learning) - Publishing Training Centre

Work experience

Freelance Proofreader

Self-employed

January, 2011 – Present (almost 6 years)

Providing proofreading and copy editing services for numerous publishers, author services agencies and independent authors and small businesses, including HarperCollins, Authoright and BubbleCow.

Mainly longform fiction and memoirs, but also plenty of non-fiction articles and books, many student dissertations and theses, company website content and extra material such as white papers.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Undertaking Love

Kat French

‘Laugh-out-loud fun with a real romantic heart’ MIRANDA DICKINSON“Try not to wheel any dead bodies across the pavement when the bride’s outside, OK?”When Marla Jacobs discovers that the vacant shop next to her Little White Wedding Chapel is to become a funeral parlour, she declares all-out war on the new proprietor Gabriel Ryan.With an army of loyal supporters, she embarks on a campaign to sab... read more

‘Laugh-out-loud fun with a real romantic heart’ MIRANDA DICKINSON“Try not to wheel any dead bodies across the pavement when the bride’s outside, OK?”When Marla Jacobs discovers that the vacant shop next to her Little White Wedding Chapel is to become a funeral parlour, she declares all-out war on the new proprietor Gabriel Ryan.With an army of loyal supporters, she embarks on a campaign to sab... read more

Stones

Polly Johnson

A vivid, compelling and intensely moving novel from an exciting new voice in young adult fiction.Coo is trying to cope with the hand that life has dealt her. At sixteen, she feels she’s too young to have lost her older brother, Sam, to alcoholism. She’s skipping school to avoid the sympathy and questions of her friends and teachers, and shunning her parents, angry that they failed to protect h... read more

A vivid, compelling and intensely moving novel from an exciting new voice in young adult fiction.Coo is trying to cope with the hand that life has dealt her. At sixteen, she feels she’s too young to have lost her older brother, Sam, to alcoholism. She’s skipping school to avoid the sympathy and questions of her friends and teachers, and shunning her parents, angry that they failed to protect h... read more

Cretan Teat

Brian Aldiss

A ribald tale from Britain's best-love Science Fiction writer. The Cretan Teat is a bawdy novel, telling the extraordinary tale a Byzantine painting of the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the infant Jesus. This false icon gets adopted by the people - and so becomes instrumental in the downfall of mankind. This is a story where the narrator - the author - is regularly caught with his trousers down. I... read more

A ribald tale from Britain's best-love Science Fiction writer. The Cretan Teat is a bawdy novel, telling the extraordinary tale a Byzantine painting of the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the infant Jesus. This false icon gets adopted by the people - and so becomes instrumental in the downfall of mankind. This is a story where the narrator - the author - is regularly caught with his trousers down. I... read more

Sons of Macha (Shadowmagic, Book 3)

John Lenahan

A Lord of the Rings for the 21st century. Only a lot shorter. And funnier. And completely different.The thrilling final part of the Shadowmagic trilogy.

A Lord of the Rings for the 21st century. Only a lot shorter. And funnier. And completely different.The thrilling final part of the Shadowmagic trilogy.

Confessions of a New York Taxi Driver (The Confessions Series)

Eugene Salomon

Driving a cab for more than 30 years Gene Salomon has collected a remarkable selection of stories. He shares the very best in this unforgettable memoir.Gene has had everyone in the back of his cab……Lauren Bacall, Leonardo di Caprio, John McEnroe, Sean Penn and Dennis Hopper, Simon and Garfunkel, Tony Bennett, Robin Williams, Norman Mailer, Suzanne Vega, Kevin Kline, Dan Ackroyd, Diane Keaton a... read more

Driving a cab for more than 30 years Gene Salomon has collected a remarkable selection of stories. He shares the very best in this unforgettable memoir.Gene has had everyone in the back of his cab……Lauren Bacall, Leonardo di Caprio, John McEnroe, Sean Penn and Dennis Hopper, Simon and Garfunkel, Tony Bennett, Robin Williams, Norman Mailer, Suzanne Vega, Kevin Kline, Dan Ackroyd, Diane Keaton a... read more

A Fucked Up Life in Books

Anonymous

The most fucked up memoir you’ll ever read.A foul-mouthed memoir about a dysfunctional life.Each chapter recounts a key moment in the author’s life through the books she was reading at the time including:• Howard’s End, the only text she had read whilst engaging in sexual intercourse.• The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, which she had in her bag while on holiday in Tangier when a market trader of... read more

The most fucked up memoir you’ll ever read.A foul-mouthed memoir about a dysfunctional life.Each chapter recounts a key moment in the author’s life through the books she was reading at the time including:• Howard’s End, the only text she had read whilst engaging in sexual intercourse.• The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, which she had in her bag while on holiday in Tangier when a market trader of... read more

The Complete Short Stories: the 1950s

Brian Aldiss

In a major publishing project, all of Brian Aldiss' 300+ short stories are being collected together for the first time. In a major publishing project, all of Brian Aldiss' 300+ short stories are being collected together for the first time. Volume one takes us from his very first story - A Book in Time, published in The Bookseller in 1954 and never seen again until now - right up to his establi... read more

In a major publishing project, all of Brian Aldiss' 300+ short stories are being collected together for the first time. In a major publishing project, all of Brian Aldiss' 300+ short stories are being collected together for the first time. Volume one takes us from his very first story - A Book in Time, published in The Bookseller in 1954 and never seen again until now - right up to his establi... read more

The Widow Makers: Road's End

Jean Mead

A saga based in the 19th century. The Standish family are poor but the eldest boy, Tommy, desires wealth and position and will do anything in pursuit of his dream regardless of the misery he causes anyone who dares to step in his way. His ambitions realised, a terrible secret from his past threatens his very existence. THE WIDOW MAKERS 1842-1860 Review the Welsh Books Council www.gwales.com Me... read more

A saga based in the 19th century. The Standish family are poor but the eldest boy, Tommy, desires wealth and position and will do anything in pursuit of his dream regardless of the misery he causes anyone who dares to step in his way. His ambitions realised, a terrible secret from his past threatens his very existence. THE WIDOW MAKERS 1842-1860 Review the Welsh Books Council www.gwales.com Me... read more

Under the Channel

Gilles Petel

When the body of a Scotsman turns up on board a Channel Tunnel train at the Gare du Nord, Parisian detective Roland Desfeuillères finds himself in charge of a murder investigation. This inter-city tale of changing identities is no ordinary crime novel.

When the body of a Scotsman turns up on board a Channel Tunnel train at the Gare du Nord, Parisian detective Roland Desfeuillères finds himself in charge of a murder investigation. This inter-city tale of changing identities is no ordinary crime novel.

The Miner

Natsume Soseki

"It makes me very happy that I can read this novel written over a hundred years ago as if it were contemporary and be deeply affected by it. It cannot and should not be overlooked. It is one of my favorites."—Haruki MurakamiThe Miner is the most daringly experimental and least well-known novel of Japanese writer Natsume Soseki. An absurdist tale written in 1908, it was in many ways a precursor... read more

"It makes me very happy that I can read this novel written over a hundred years ago as if it were contemporary and be deeply affected by it. It cannot and should not be overlooked. It is one of my favorites."—Haruki MurakamiThe Miner is the most daringly experimental and least well-known novel of Japanese writer Natsume Soseki. An absurdist tale written in 1908, it was in many ways a precursor... read more

Sororal Bonds: A Tale of Prostitution, Murder, and Revenge

Vivian Biro

Sororal: adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a sister or sisters; sisterly. 2. sororal twins: (informal) non-identical twin sisters. Vivian cannot believe that her sororal twin, Lilian, committed suicide. What can she do? A. Blame herself for being unable to prevent her sister from being lured into drugs and prostitution, which led to Lilian’s death. B. Attempt to track down the... read more

Sororal: adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a sister or sisters; sisterly. 2. sororal twins: (informal) non-identical twin sisters. Vivian cannot believe that her sororal twin, Lilian, committed suicide. What can she do? A. Blame herself for being unable to prevent her sister from being lured into drugs and prostitution, which led to Lilian’s death. B. Attempt to track down the... read more

Katherine has 4 reviews

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mari reiza

Very efficient and competitively price. Good work.

mari reiza, December 2016


Fiona MacBain

Katherine helped me out with a very fast turnaround and did a thorough and professional job. As a new Indie Author I hadn't been sure if I needed a proof read but Katherine picked up so many small things, I definitely feel I got my money's worth. I will definitely use her again for my next book.

Fiona MacBain, October 2016


mari reiza

Katherine is very easy to work with, very efficient and constantly maintains high standards.

mari reiza, October 2016


Chris Chiarino

Katherine was easy to work with and flexible with cost, adding options for longer turn around. She did a great job adjusting format and proofreading. She pointed out areas where she felt I needed to reword, or where I was redundant. Other people who bid on my manuscript seemed to do a bit rewriting and cleaning up, phrasing, and things like that. I would have liked to have had more of that but ...

Chris Chiarino, October 2016

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