Lisa Sinclair

Lisa Sinclair – Editor

Humanities non-fiction copy-editor and proofreader with 9 years' experience, including several years in-house at Cambridge University Press.


I'm Lisa, bibliophile, cryptic crossword champion and cat lover. Before taking the plunge as a full-time freelance editor and proofreader in 2019, I spent five years working as an editor and project manager in the Editorial and Production departments of two academic publishing houses, most recently at Cambridge University Press, gathering expertise on a varied range of non-fiction titles. My insider publishing experience has given me valuable insight into the inner workings of academic presses and their expectations.

Books I have edited and proofread range from biographies to scholarly theological monographs and architectural coffee table books. My main areas of expertise are literature, media and film studies, music and theatre, biography, religion and modern history. After living in Paris for three years during my BA, I also enjoy working with texts featuring French, and in 2020 completed an MA in Translation Studies (French to English), receiving a distinction and the Trados Top Student Award.

Though my experience mainly lies in academic books, I have also worked on quite a few newsletters and magazine articles, and have dabbled in fiction. I always welcome a new challenge, so whatever you need edited or proofread, get in touch with the details and we can talk it over!

"Part of getting published is having a good editor to work with and Lisa was excellent!"

Keith Crawford, author of Arthur Mee: A Biography

"It was hugely heartening to feel Lisa's concern for the subject in the way she worked on the book."

Avril Pyman, author of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh: A Life

"Lisa was a tremendous help and support."

Ambrose Mong, author of Purification of Memory: A Study of Orthodox Theologians from a Catholic Perspective

Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Humanities & Social Sciences
English (UK) English (US)
  • Copy-editing 2: Headway, Society for Editors and Proofreaders
  • Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading
  • References, Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading

Work experience


Nov, 2013 — Present

Initially operating on a part-time basis up to September 2019, I now offer copy-editing, developmental editing, proofreading and book proposal review on a full-time basis. Get in touch to discuss your current project and how I can help!

Cambridge University Press

Sep, 2018 — Sep, 2019 (about 1 year)

• Managing 40 academic books each year, both in-house and using offshore project management, with a particular focus on the Music & Theatre lists
• Training new Content Assistants and Content Managers
• Chairing subject team meetings for Music, Theatre & Literature

Cambridge University Press

Aug, 2016 — Aug, 2018 (about 2 years)

Managing 40 academic books each year, both in-house and using offshore project management

The Lutterworth Press/James Clarke & Co

Sep, 2015 — Aug, 2016 (11 months)

• Managing the editorial and production processes for all titles (5-12 published every month)
• Copy-editing (including developmental editing), proofreading and typesetting our list
• Cover design

The Lutterworth Press/James Clarke & Co

Sep, 2014 — Aug, 2015 (11 months)

• Copy-editing, proofreading and typesetting 2-3 titles a month
• Book proposal review


Presented for the first time in English, the recently discovered early manuscripts of the twentieth century’s most towering literary figure offer uncanny glimpses of his emerging genius and th... read more
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'Colonization through a process of affection', wrote the London-based Barbadian novelist George Lamming in 1960, was 'the worst form of colonization'. Lamming's London was marked by the violen... read more
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Two centuries of sexism have hidden Staël's place in international history. Straddling the divides of the French Revolution, Napoleonic Europe, emergent nationalism, and European Romanticism, ... read more
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This book offers a comprehensive investigation into advanced students’ knowledge of vocabulary in their L1 and L2. As a cross-sectional study, it examines the quantitative aspects of students’... read more
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In The Anzaldúan Theory Handbook AnaLouise Keating provides a comprehensive investigation of the foundational theories, methods, and philosophies of Gloria E. Anzaldúa. Through archival resear... read more
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"It has been estimated that over 90% of England’s figurative medieval art was obliterated in the image destruction of the Reformation. Medieval angel roofs, timber structures with spectacular ... read more
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A biography of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, based on published and unpublished materials, interviews with surviving contemporaries and the author’s own experience as a pupil of Russian émi... read more
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The purpose of this book is to demonstrate the relevance of the biblical book of Esther to historic and current anti-Semitism, as well as anti-Judaism in the Church. The essential argument is ... read more
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Inferior Office?

Francis Young

The book's purpose is to present the first extensive historical treatment of deacons in the Church of England, in an effort to explain why lifelong or 'distinctive' deacons have so far failed ... read more
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A Relevant Way to Read

Margaret G. Sim

In A Relevant Way to Read, Margaret G. Sim draws on her in-depth knowledge of New Testament Greek to forge a new exegesis of the Gospels and Paul’s letters. Locating her studies in the linguis... read more
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"Seventeenth-century England was a confused world of conflicting religious thought, made more complex by the tumultuous events of the English Civil Wars and the Interregnum under Oliver Cromwe... read more
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“For three decades, he flashed like a meteor across the theological horizon, and then vanished.” So writes Alan P.F. Sell of Nels F.S. Ferré (1908-1971), a mid-twentieth-century theologian who... read more
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As Hans Küng said, “No peace among the nations without peace among the religions. No peace among the religions without dialogue between the religions. No dialogue between the religions without... read more
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Liminal Reality and Transformational Power' explores, draws together, and integrates the many facets of liminality, and informs our understanding of liminal phenomena in the world. Through ant... read more
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Creative License

James Charnley

"On the road up to the University, the gleaming new purpose-built Leeds Polytechnic awaited the arrival of the students and staff of the art college. All the latest facilities were in place. T... read more
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Among the major Christian denominations, the Orthodox Church is the least known and widely misunderstood. This is more serious in Asia where the Orthodox Church is a minority and is perceived ... read more
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Arthur Mee

Keith Crawford

A biography of the journalist and children's editor and writer, Arthur Mee (1875-1943). It draws on approximately 700 letters sent by Mee to his friend John Derry, as well as letters between M... read more
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Charlotte Mason

Margaret A. Coombs

As the acknowledged founder and philosopher of the Parents’ National Educational Union (PNEU), Charlotte Mason (1842–1923) was revered by her followers as a saintly Madonna figure. She died in... read more
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