Maartje Scheltens

Maartje Scheltens - Editor

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Experienced and friendly non-fiction editor with a passion for bringing your stories, research and ideas to a wide audience.

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Overview

I'm a freelance copy-editor with 12 years of experience as an editor in literature and history for a leading university press and 5 years as a freelancer. I understand what your publisher is looking for, and can work with you to develop an effective, marketable proposal and a professional, well-prepared manuscript.


It goes without saying that I will take care of tidying up your grammar, references and bibliography and making the index, if needed. But I’m also a keen reader and writer of creative non-fiction, and will have your readers at the forefront of my mind as I help you bring your ideas to life and polish your prose.


My academic background is in literature and history (I have an English degree from Cambridge and a PhD in seventeenth-century literary history). I have also copy-edited in classics, philosophy, environmental studies, education and linguistics and have a good knowledge of a number of European languages.


I love working with authors to present their material in the best possible way; I am flexible in how we achieve this, and can offer different levels of editing depending on your needs.


Feel free to contact me for a chat about how we might be able to work together.

Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Nature
Writing & Publishing

Certifications

  • Professional Member of the Chartered Institute for Editing and Proofreading

Work experience

Freelance editor and copywriter

Freelance
March, 2017 – Present (over 5 years)

EDITING
I copy-edit books and articles in the humanities and social sciences, working with a number of publishers and authors.
WRITING
I write jacket copy for books, features and interviews for development publications in the university sector and promotional copy for events.

Editor, Humanities

Cambridge University Press
November, 2003 – March, 2016 (over 12 years)

Managing Editor, Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (2013–2016)
Commissioning Editor, History (2012–2013)
Editor/Assistant Editor, Literature (2003–2012)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Magical Realism and Literature (Cambridge Critical Concepts)

Warnes, Christopher, Sasser, Kim Anderson

Maartje has 3 reviews

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Quality
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Value
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Communication & Punctuality

Bruce Hornak
Of the half dozen editors I requested bids from on Reedsy, Maartje was the only editor willing to take on my project. I found her fees to be very fair, but with her living in the UK, I found the dollar/pound conversion a nuisance. I have worked with other editors who over-edited my work, which tended to change my voice. Maartje was more sensitive not to over-edit. She did Developmental, Copy,...
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Bruce Hornak, April 2022


Bruce Hornak
I have worked with other editors but Maartje did the best job of not over-editing my work while preserving my voice as much as possible. Response time to my emails is always within an hour. Even though the pound/dollar conversion adds 23%, her overall fees are still competitive with US competitors.

Bruce Hornak, March 2022

Maartje Scheltens
Thank you for this great review; I really enjoyed our collaboration.

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Ali Usman Qasmi
thorough professional, a wonderful editor to work with!

Ali Usman Qasmi, March 2022

Maartje Scheltens
Thanks very much Ali, it was a pleasure working with you!

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