Mairi Bunce

Mairi Bunce – Editor

Scottish editor and proofreader in Austria with 5 years’ experience freelancing for indie authors, SPCK, and IVP. Patient, curious and kind.


Completing a manuscript is a huge milestone for any author.

Now you know what you want to say, it’s my job as a freelance editor and proofreader to make sure that your audience knows it too.

Why hire me?

I edit sensitively, getting to know you, your message, and your personality so I can help your unique voice shine through every chapter of your book.

I read thoroughly, with an eye on the arc of your whole book, so you can be sure that what you say on page 180 doesn't contradict what you said on page 9.

I project manage expertly, keeping to a timeline, communicating throughout, and providing you with the materials you need to get your manuscript to the next stage of the publishing process. I've never missed a deadline as a freelancer.

I'm a member of the UK's Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, which promotes excellence in English-language proofreading. Since going freelance in 2019, I've edited everything from children's books to university textbooks, marketing campaigns to project proposals, as well as plenty of books for the mass market. My background in in English Literature and Biblical Studies, and I've built significant experience in theology, history, and philosophy editing, including in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of Chicago and SBL style associated with these genres. In the past year, I've worked on projects for Baylor University Press, SPCK, IVP, and History Today magazine.

Most importantly, my feedback is considered, constructive, and kind.

Let's work together to take your writing to the next level.

Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction Christian Non-Fiction Education & Reference History Philosophy
Christian Fiction
English (UK) English (US)
  • MA in English Literature (University of St Andrews, 2013)
  • CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults), British Study Centres, Oxford, 2014
  • CIEP (Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders UK) Certified Copyeditor

Work experience

Grow and Convert Content Agengy

Dec, 2022 — Present

I write content for several SaaS companies in the US, working closely with clients as well as content strategists to create articles that convert(and measuring our results to keep ourselves accountable).


Oct, 2022 — Present

I work closely with authors, project editors, and designers to prepare IVP's renowned academic texts for market (including entries in the New Studies in Biblical Theology series).

SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)

Jun, 2021 — Present

I've worked on manuscripts from authors including Rachel Gardner, Alister McGrath, and Graham Tomlin.

KYO Content

Jun, 2021 — Present

I write and edit content for KYO's clients online. Our biggest clients cover the niches of parenting, women's health, personal finance and SaaS.

KSH Digital Vienna

May, 2019 — Sep, 2021 (over 2 years)

I worked with KSH (a German language publisher) on the English translations of some of their projects, including a children's Bible and accompanying materials and several books from Austrian artists and photographers.


Mar, 2019 — Present

I provide freelance editing and proofreading for publishers, authors and academics.

As well as books, I've worked on articles published in the likes of History Today magazine.

From time to time, I also do literary translation from German to English, especially for businesses in the travel and tourism sector.

Mairi has 10 reviews





Judith G.

Judith G.

Dec, 2023

It was a pleasure to work with Mairi. I will definitely be hiring her again.
Sam G.

Sam G.

Dec, 2023

I want to express my deep appreciation for Mairi's invaluable assistance in editing my debut book. She has significantly enhanced the quality of my manuscript, turning it into a polished and engaging piece of work. Throughout the editing process, her professionalism and commitment to maintaining the authenticity of my voice have been evident. I am so grateful for her expertise and support, and...
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Joy S.

Joy S.

Oct, 2023

Mairi was great. She was responsive and professional, her work was impeccable and she helped me create a beautifully written product.
William V.

William V.

Oct, 2023

Mairi proved talented, professional, and kind. It was a pleasure working with her, and I hope to find another opportunity to do so.
Laura E.

Laura E.

Oct, 2023

Mairi was a fantastic editor. Her extensive and clear notes didn’t just explain what changes needed to be made but WHY they were necessary. I learned a great deal from the experience and will not hesitate in asking her to proofread and edit my next work when the time comes.

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