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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Friendly, professional non-fiction and fiction proofreader/editor with 10+ years of experience. Specialise in technical, educational/reference and MBS (astrology in particular), as well as YA fiction. However, my recent clients have written spy fiction, short stories and political histories.

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

Authored & edited three non-fiction books so far, and have also 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 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 (6 selected works)

The New Astrology of Towns and Cities

Mendes (Ed.), Lisa, Wigglesworth, Harold

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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