Freelance copy-editing, proofreading and plain language support; working with publishers, businesses, charities, students and other writers.
I am a freelance copy-editor and proofreader working for a wide range of clients: publishers, businesses large and small, charities and social enterprises, academics and students, and other individual writers.
I've worked on over 100 books and many other texts: everything from full-length academic volumes to short papers and website text. My editorial role can range from a quick run-through to pick up minor errors and typos to substantial reworking of content, depending on your needs. I edit in all manner of subject areas but I particularly focus on social policy, development economics, politics and other areas of social sciences. I am an Advanced Professional Member of the UK's Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP, formerly the Society for Editors and Proofreaders/SfEP).
There are some examples of books I've worked on in my Portfolio. For examples of non-publishing clients and projects, please get in touch.
Before becoming a full-time copy-editor and proofreader in 2014 I had a career in social policy and community development in the voluntary and public sectors.
I was involved both in policy development and in hands-on work with communities. But whether it was in my job description or not, I’ve always been the person others ask to check their spelling, grammar, punctuation and wording.
I wrote, or rewrote, texts in fields such as anti-racism, community relations and community engagement. This included policy documents, project outlines, funding bids, public consultations and campaign publicity.
This experience particularly enhances my ability to edit and proofread in social sciences, public policy, politics and related subjects, because I'm very familiar with the terminology, the conventions and the sectors concerned.
After graduation I worked briefly for two small book publishers in County Durham. I was responsible for editorial and production processes, seeing dozens of books into print. This gives me some inside knowledge of book publishing. I also undertook some editing and proofreading during busy periods.
Big wins, big money – for most people, that’s the promise of playing the financial markets.Plenty of books claim they can tell you how to get rich quick that way. Most of them treat it as a technical challenge, as if the market were an ATM: press the right combination of buttons and it pays out.The reality can be quite different. The simplicity of technical approaches is misleading and surpris... read more
This book appropriates Mary Shelley's metaphor for her book Frankenstein, 'hideous progeny,' for adaptation studies. Like the Creature made and then rejected because of its perceived misshapenness, adaptations are often reviled because they offer new perspectives on treasured works of art. Instead of seeing adaptations as looking back to previous works they are re-visioning, we might more usef... read more
How might the organic link between theatre-making and political action be revitalised? And how might a spontaneous vision of a theatre of and for ordinary people be reignited? Since his political exile from Argentina in 1977, theatre director and producer Horacio Czertok has devoted his life to re-imagining the art of the theatre, taking it out of its comfort zone into places of social conflic... read more
This text provides an engaging overview to the core topics within Forensic Psychology, guiding the reader through this exciting and popular discipline. Combining a discussion of theory with information about the role of a professional forensic psychologist, it addresses such key issues as: Police Psychology Psychology of crime and delinquency Victimology and victim services Legal Psychology Co... read more
As the regional lingua franca, the Uyghur language long underpinned Uyghur national identity in Xinjiang. However, since the ‘bilingual education’ policy was introduced in 2002, Chinese has been rapidly institutionalised as the sole medium of instruction in the region’s institutes of education. As a result, studies of the bilingual and indeed multi-lingual Uyghur urban youth have emerged as a ... read more
To evaluate the familiar, even over-familiar, story of Handel's life could be seen as a quixotic endeavour. How can there be anything new to say? This book seeks to distinguish fact from fiction, not only to produce a new biography but also to explore the concepts of biography and dissemination by using Handel's life and lives as a case study. By examining the images of Handel to be found in b... read more
It is often argued that globalization fosters 'hybridity', as some cultural imports are accepted, while others are 'localized', and others still are rejected outright. Yet we know relatively little about the social processes and mechanisms involved in cultural globalization. This book offers an empirically rich and theoretically compelling analysis of how cultural globalization occurs, includi... read more
Vedi R. Hadiz
In a novel approach to the field of Islamic politics, this provocative new study compares the evolution of Islamic populism in Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, to the Middle East. Utilising approaches from historical sociology and political economy, Vedi R. Hadiz argues that competing strands of Islamic politics can be understood as the product of contemp... read more
Thomas Edward Flores, Irfan Nooruddin
Why are 'free and fair' elections so often followed by democratic backsliding? Elections in Hard Times answers this critical question, showing why even clean elections fail to advance democracy when held amidst challenging structural conditions. The book opens with a comprehensive, accessible synthesis of fifty years of research on elections and democratization, a resource for experts, policym... read more
How do dictators stay in power? When, and how, do they use repression to do so? Dictators and their Secret Police explores the role of the coercive apparatus under authoritarian rule in Asia - how these secret organizations originated, how they operated, and how their violence affected ordinary citizens. Greitens argues that autocrats face a coercive dilemma: whether to create internal securit... read more
Eva Perón remains Argentina's best-known and most iconic personality, surpassing even sporting superstars such as Diego Maradona or Lionel Messi, and far outlasting her own husband, President Juan Domingo Perón―himself a remarkable and charismatic political leader without whom she, as an uneducated woman in an elitist and male-dominated society, could not have existed as a political figure. In... read more
Academic discussions of ethnic food have tended to focus on the attitudes of consumers, rather than the creators and producers. In this ground-breaking new book, Krishnendu Ray reverses this trend by exploring the culinary world from the perspective of the ethnic restaurateur. Focusing on New York City, he examines the lived experience, work, memories, and aspirations of immigrants working in ... read more
Transcultural Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anxiety and Depression is a practical and accessible guide, drawing on current research in CBT and clinical practice. It aims to support therapists in taking a reflective and evidence based approach to genuinely improving access and outcomes for Black and Minority Ethnic service users. It highlights the skills that clinicians need to undertake Cult... read more
This book offers a comparison of the animal rights movements in the US and France, drawing on ethnographic and interview material gathered amongst activists in both countries. Investigating the ways in which culture affects the outcomes of the two movements, the author examines its role as a constraining and enabling structure in both contexts, showing how cultural beliefs, values, and practic... read more
The Routledge Handbook of Media Use and Well-Being serves as the first international review of the current state of this fast-developing area of research. The volume provides a multifaceted perspective on the beneficial as well as the detrimental effects of media exposure on psychological health and well-being. As a "first-mover," it will define the field of media use and well-being and provid... read more
This seminal book explores the complex relationship between popular geopolitics and nation branding among the Newly Independent States of Eurasia, and their combined role in shaping contemporary national image and statecraft within and beyond the region. It provides critical perspectives on international relations, nationalism, and national identity through the use of innovative approaches foc... read more
Current and expanding human activities are moving us towards ever deeper unsustainability. While there is no single, simple means of reversing the invidious biophysical trends and redirecting the distribution of benefits, one necessary step is to approach every new and renewed undertaking as an opportunity to deliver maximum multiple, mutually reinforcing, fairly distributed and lasting gains.... read more
The countries of Southeast Asia continue to change, evolve and chart courses that sometimes leave outside observers puzzled. Politics in Contemporary Southeast Asia thoroughly assesses the political challenges and changes faced by the countries of Southeast Asia in the 21st century. Focusing on political processes throughout, Kingsbury introduces readers to the challenges of representation and... read more
Ami Toben, November 2018
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Editorial professional for 12+ years, specializing in educational content and personal nonfiction. You write. I polish. You shine.
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States
My background in traditional publishing led me to specialize in nonfiction self-help/self-improvement /mind-body-spirit books and proposals.
Portland, OR, USA