Lisa Mendes

Lisa Mendes – Editor

UK-based fiction & non-fiction proofreader with a decade of London publishing experience. Member of the UK Society of Authors.


Dedicated to adding value and making your manuscript as flawless and smooth flowing as possible.

Friendly, professional non-fiction and fiction proofreader/editor with 10+ years of experience.

Specialise in non-fiction, especially history/educational/reference/health and wellbeing, and MBS/New Age (astrology in particular).

I also have 10+ years of experience proofing accounting/finance/business management study texts, thanks to an ongoing freelance relationship with a London-based publisher of professional education study materials for organisations such as CIMA, AAT, ACCA etc

I have also authored and/or edited four non-fiction books under my own name, and am a member of the Society of Authors, and have worked with several London-based publishers, including Elsevier, Eddison Books, Duckworth and BPP Learning Media.

I also work as a researcher on biographical and historical books, my most recent project being 'Under the Rainbow' for the EW Cole Foundation in Melbourne, Australia.

Recently, however, I have forayed into spy fiction, short stories, and biography as well as political and local histories. More details in the portfolio and client reviews sections below.

One of my specialities is helping non-native English speakers to polish their manuscripts for the English-speaking world.

Additional skills include: Picture and archive research, Photoshop for cover design, eBook conversion etc

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Education & Reference History New Age Political Science & Current Affairs
Espionage Young Adult
English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
  • B.Journ (Hons)

Work experience

Duckworth group (Farrago imprint)

Jan, 2021 — Jun, 2021 (5 months)

Proofreading young adult fiction for the Farrago imprint of this well-known London-based publisher


Sep, 2013 — Present

Proofreading a range of professional education study texts and materials for a London-based publisher who specializes in further education and professional development for the marketing, legal, accounting and business management professions, including ACCA, AAT, ICAEW and CIMA.


The Runaways

Victor Canning

On a night of wild storms, two troubled figures escape from captivity. One is a 15-year-old boy, Samuel Miles, a.k.a. ‘Smiler’, wrongly convicted of theft and sent to a young offenders institution. The other is a cheetah, Yarra, a restless resident of Longleat... read more
Fifteen-year-old Smiler is still on the run. Smiler is aiming to evade the police until his father, a ship’s cook, comes home to clear him of a crime he hasn't committed. Hitching a train to Scotland, he finds work as an animal caretaker within the grounds of ... read more
The Painted Tent

Victor Canning

Freckled fugitive Smiler is never far from trouble. After hitching a ride south, Smiler finds his way to North Devon and the estate of the 'The Duchess' – a former fairground fortune-teller who now runs a farm. Here, he stays and tends to circus animals housed... read more

Lisa has 7 reviews





Tony S.

Tony S.

Dec, 2023

Lisa provided a very thorough and thoughtful edit of my first work. Also provided an understanding of the level of professionalism and quality that might be expected in getting your work published. Recommended to especially first time writers like myself.
Gerald W.

Gerald W.

Jun, 2023

Incredible work from a total professional. Advised, where appropriate and completed the work quicker than expected.
Jeff D.

Jeff D.

Nov, 2022

Lisa was great! Accurate, thorough and detail oriented. I recommend her highly and will certainly use her again.
Marcel P.

Marcel P.

Nov, 2022

Lisa M. was wonderful. She was very good at identifying consistency errors and I enjoyed her added insight into the astrological side of several events revealed in my book.
Martin R.

Martin R.

Aug, 2022

Lisa is one of the best proof-editors available, highly recommendable.

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