Lisa Mendes

Lisa Mendes - Editor

UK-based fiction and non-fiction proofreader with a decade of London publishing experience. Meticulous polisher and typo spotter.

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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 technical/educational/reference, health and wellbeing, MBS (astrology in particular), as well as YA fiction.

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

I have also authored and/or edited four non-fiction books under my own name, 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.

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, eBook conversion

English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Education & Reference
New Age
Young Adult


  • B.Journ (Hons)

Work experience

Fiction proofreader

Duckworth group (Farrago imprint)
January, 2021 – June, 2021 (5 months)

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

Academic/educational Proofreader (Freelance)

September, 2013 – Present (over 9 years)

Proofreading a range of study texts and educational material for a London-based publisher who specializes in further education and professional development for the marketing, legal and accounting professions

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Smiler Trilogy

Canning, Victor

Lisa has 5 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

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

Jeff Dodson, November 2022

Marcel Pighin
Lisa Mendes 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.

Marcel Pighin, November 2022

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

Martin Raab, August 2022

Alan Hines
Working with Lisa -- my first time with Reedsy -- met all my expectations. She is prompt, clear and professional. Not only her proofreading but her overall editorial responses to my questions has brought my manuscript up to the level I had hoped for. Yes, I would work with her again.

Alan Hines, February 2022

Lisa Mendes
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, Alan. It was a pleasure to work with you too.

Reply from Lisa Mendes

César Reynel Aguilera
She brought my book to another level. She went beyond my expectations. I highly recommend her work. I look forward to keeping my collaboration with Lisa in the future.

César Reynel Aguilera, August 2021

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