Kelly Derrick

Kelly Derrick - Editor

Wiveliscombe, Taunton, UK

Experienced copy-editor available to edit both fiction and non-fiction, specialises in the the arts, humanities and social sciences.

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Overview

I am a freelance copy-editor and proofreader with meticulous attention to detail and a passion for the written word. I edit books for academic publishers in the arts, humanities and social sciences. I also edit fiction, poetry, monographs, biographies, memoirs, education material and teaching resources, e-books and companion website material, magazine and journal articles, business material, company literature and website content.

I am used to working across a wide range of subject areas so am happy to consider most projects.

Please get in touch to discuss your specific requirements.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
Humanities & Social Sciences
Sex & Relationships
Fiction
Classics
Literary Fiction
Poetry
Short Story

Certifications

  • MA English Literature (Distinction)
  • BA English Literature (Distinction)
  • Copy-Editing by Distance Learning
  • Professional member of the CIEP

Work experience

Freelance copy-editor

Self-employed
April, 2014 – Present (over 6 years)

I have almost ten years' experience working in publishing, having first worked in-house for a pre-press production company, where I was responsible for managing the production of a large number of academic titles and worked closely with publishers, authors and freelancers.

Editing has always been my passion, so I decided to set up as a freelance editor in 2014 and haven't looked back since! I copy-edit a variety of material, including books and journals for academic publishers in the arts, humanities and social sciences, companion website material and online/teaching resources, company literature, website content and magazines. I also enjoy working with independent authors and editing fiction, poetry, biographies, memoirs, monographs and much more.

I have an eagle eye for detail and am meticulous in my work. I understand the importance of retaining the author's voice, yet while also working with all the rigour of a good editor.

I have experience working across a wide variety of subject areas so am happy to consider most projects. Please get in touch to discuss your particular requirements.

Portfolio (41 selected works)

Sara: My Whole Life Was a Struggle

Sakine Cansiz

The bitter struggle of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, against the Turkish state has delivered inspirational but often tragic stories. This memoir by Kurdish revolutionary Sakine Cansiz is one of them. Sakine, whose code name was 'Sara', co-founded the PKK in 1974 and dedicated her life to its cause. On the 9 January 2013 she was assassinated in Paris in circumstances that remain officia... read more

The bitter struggle of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, against the Turkish state has delivered inspirational but often tragic stories. This memoir by Kurdish revolutionary Sakine Cansiz is one of them. Sakine, whose code name was 'Sara', co-founded the PKK in 1974 and dedicated her life to its cause. On the 9 January 2013 she was assassinated in Paris in circumstances that remain officia... read more

Sara: Prison Memoir of a Kurdish Revolutionary

Sakine Cansiz

The second instalment in a gripping memoir by Sakine Cansiz (codenamed 'Sara') chronicles the Kurdish revolutionary's harrowing years in a Turkish prison, following her arrest in 1979 at the age of 21. Jailed for more than a decade for her activities as a founder and leader of the Kurdish freedom movement, she faced brutal conditions and was subjected to interrogation and torture. *BR**BR*Rema... read more

The second instalment in a gripping memoir by Sakine Cansiz (codenamed 'Sara') chronicles the Kurdish revolutionary's harrowing years in a Turkish prison, following her arrest in 1979 at the age of 21. Jailed for more than a decade for her activities as a founder and leader of the Kurdish freedom movement, she faced brutal conditions and was subjected to interrogation and torture. *BR**BR*Rema... read more

C. G. Jung and the Dead: Visions, Active Imagination and the Unconscious Terrain

Stephani L. Stephens

C. G. Jung and the Dead: Visions, Active Imagination and the Unconscious Terrain offers an in-depth look at Jung’s encounters with the dead, moving beyond a symbolic understanding to consider these figures a literal presence in the psyche. Stephani L. Stephens explores Jung’s personal experiences, demonstrating his skill at visioning in all its forms as well as detailing the nature of the dead... read more

C. G. Jung and the Dead: Visions, Active Imagination and the Unconscious Terrain offers an in-depth look at Jung’s encounters with the dead, moving beyond a symbolic understanding to consider these figures a literal presence in the psyche. Stephani L. Stephens explores Jung’s personal experiences, demonstrating his skill at visioning in all its forms as well as detailing the nature of the dead... read more

Byron in Context (Literature in Context)

George Gordon, the sixth Lord Byron (1788–1824), was one of the most celebrated poets of the Romantic period, as well as a peer, politician and global celebrity, famed not only for his verse, but for his controversial lifestyle and involvement in the Greek War of Independence. In thirty-seven concise, accessible essays, by leading international scholars, this volume explores the social and int... read more

George Gordon, the sixth Lord Byron (1788–1824), was one of the most celebrated poets of the Romantic period, as well as a peer, politician and global celebrity, famed not only for his verse, but for his controversial lifestyle and involvement in the Greek War of Independence. In thirty-seven concise, accessible essays, by leading international scholars, this volume explores the social and int... read more

A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Reading Literature (Art, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis Book Series)

Merav Roth

What are the unconscious processes involved in reading literature? How does literature influence our psychological development and existential challenges? A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Reading Literature offers a unique glimpse into the unconscious psychic processes and development involved in reading. The author listens to the 'free associations' of various literary characters, in numerous ... read more

What are the unconscious processes involved in reading literature? How does literature influence our psychological development and existential challenges? A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Reading Literature offers a unique glimpse into the unconscious psychic processes and development involved in reading. The author listens to the 'free associations' of various literary characters, in numerous ... read more

Houses built on sand: Violence, sectarianism and revolution in the Middle East

Simon Mabon

The events of the Arab Uprisings posed an existential challenge to sovereign power across the Middle East. Whilst some regimes were able to withstand these challenges through recourse to coercive strategies, others were toppled. This book questions why some regimes fell whilst others were able to survive. It argues that this was a direct consequence of state building processes and the cultivat... read more

The events of the Arab Uprisings posed an existential challenge to sovereign power across the Middle East. Whilst some regimes were able to withstand these challenges through recourse to coercive strategies, others were toppled. This book questions why some regimes fell whilst others were able to survive. It argues that this was a direct consequence of state building processes and the cultivat... read more

Dressing Global Bodies

Dressing Global Bodies addresses the complex politics of dress and fashion from a global perspective spanning four centuries, tying the early global to more contemporary times, to reveal clothing practice as a key cultural phenomenon and mechanism of defining one’s identity. This collection of essays explores how garments reflect the hierarchies of value, collective and personal inclinations, ... read more

Dressing Global Bodies addresses the complex politics of dress and fashion from a global perspective spanning four centuries, tying the early global to more contemporary times, to reveal clothing practice as a key cultural phenomenon and mechanism of defining one’s identity. This collection of essays explores how garments reflect the hierarchies of value, collective and personal inclinations, ... read more

Bodily interventions and intimate labour: Understanding bioprecarity

How have rapid changes in biotechnologisation, for example around assisted reproductive technologies or (re)constructive surgery, effected those seeking help with fertility treatment or clitoral reconstruction? What is involved for queer people in making a family of their own, or for trans people to access the relevant surgery? This volume argues that contemporary cultures foster bioprecarity ... read more

How have rapid changes in biotechnologisation, for example around assisted reproductive technologies or (re)constructive surgery, effected those seeking help with fertility treatment or clitoral reconstruction? What is involved for queer people in making a family of their own, or for trans people to access the relevant surgery? This volume argues that contemporary cultures foster bioprecarity ... read more

Idols of the Odeons (Studies in Design and Material Culture)

Andrew Roberts

Idols of the Odeons examines British film stardom in the post-war era, a time when Hollywood movies were increasingly supplanting the Pinewood/Elstree studio system. The book encompasses the careers of sixteen actors, including Stanley Baker, Diana Dors, Norman Wisdom, Hattie Jacques, Peter Finch and Peter Sellers. Such extremely diverse careers provide the opportunity to explore overlooked fi... read more

Idols of the Odeons examines British film stardom in the post-war era, a time when Hollywood movies were increasingly supplanting the Pinewood/Elstree studio system. The book encompasses the careers of sixteen actors, including Stanley Baker, Diana Dors, Norman Wisdom, Hattie Jacques, Peter Finch and Peter Sellers. Such extremely diverse careers provide the opportunity to explore overlooked fi... read more

Origins of the Hussite Uprising: The Chronicle of Laurence of Březová (1414 -1421) (Routledge Medieval Translations)

Thomas A. Fudge

The Hussite Chronicle is the most important single narrative source for the events of the early Hussite movement. The author is Laurence of Březová (c.1370–c.1437), a member of the Czech lower nobility and a supporter of the Hussite creed. The movement arose as an initiative for religious and social reform in fifteenth-century Bohemia and was energized by the burning of the priest Jan Hus in 1... read more

The Hussite Chronicle is the most important single narrative source for the events of the early Hussite movement. The author is Laurence of Březová (c.1370–c.1437), a member of the Czech lower nobility and a supporter of the Hussite creed. The movement arose as an initiative for religious and social reform in fifteenth-century Bohemia and was energized by the burning of the priest Jan Hus in 1... read more

Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Homicide Studies (Routledge International Handbooks)

Proulx, Jean, Beauregard, Eric, Carter, Adam J., Mokros, Andreas, Darjee, Rajan, James, Jonathan

Interior Design Masters

Hinchman, Mark, Yoneda, Elyssa

Animals, Animality, and Literature (Cambridge Critical Concepts)

Boehrer, Bruce, Hand, Molly, Massumi, Brian

Handbook of Leadership and Administration for Special Education

Billingsley, Bonnie, Boscardin, Mary Lynn, Crockett, Jean B.

Things that Travelled: Mediterranean Glass in the First Millennium AD

Rosenow, Daniela, Phelps, Matt, Meek, Andrew, Freestone, Ian

Creating a Freelance Career

Ferguson, Jill L.

Literacies, Sexualities, and Gender

Bean, Thomas W., Dunkerly-Bean, Judith, Guzzetti, Barbara J.

An Introduction to Mental Health

Augustus, Jo, Bold, Justine, Williams, Briony

The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance (Routledge Companions)

Perkins, Kathy A., Richards, Sandra L., Craft, Renée Alexander, DeFrantz, Thomas F.

Discourses of Brexit

Koller, Veronika, Kopf, Susanne, Miglbauer, Marlene

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