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Mark Swift

Mark Swift - Editor

Southport, United Kingdom

Proofreader, copy-editor and indexer with nine years' experience working extensively for numerous big publishing houses.

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Reviews (11)

I am an experienced and skilled proofreader, copy editor and indexer. Since 2008 I have worked in a freelance capacity, completing hundreds of proofreading, copy-editing and indexing assignments for publishing houses such as Bloomsbury Publishing, Boydell & Brewer, Hachette, The History Press, Hodder and Stoughton, Little, Brown Book Group, Mainstream Publishing, Orion Publishing Group, Osprey Publishing, Pan Macmillan, Quercus and Shire Publications Ltd. I successfully completed proofreading, copy-editing and/or indexing tests for many of these publishers. I have proofread and copy-edited a wide variety of educational, fiction and adult non-fiction books, in both UK and US English. The numerous genres I have completed work in include aviation, biography, crime, fiction, history, military history, motoring and sport. In addition to working for many well-known traditional and academic publishers, I have also completed assignments for authors publishing independently. To have gained so much freelance work in a highly competitive market shows that I have a keen eye and am meticulous in my work, as well as having the ability to meet tight deadlines. During my time working in the profession I have never once failed to complete an assignment, and I have received positive feedback from many authors and editors.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Historical Fiction Inspirational Science Fiction Thriller
Non-Fiction
Sports & outdoor recreation True Crime

Certifications

  • BA (Hons) Journalism, Edge Hill University

Work experience

Freelance proofreader

Pan Macmillan
November, 2015 – Present (almost 2 years)

I am a regular freelance proofreader for Pan Macmillan, one of the largest general book publishers in the UK.

Freelance proofreader and copy-editor

Bloomsbury Publishing
October, 2015 – Present (almost 2 years)

I am a regular freelance proofreader and copy-editor for Bloomsbury Publishing, an independent, worldwide publishing house of fiction and non-fiction.

Freelance proofreader and indexer

The History Press
December, 2012 – Present (almost 5 years)

I am a regular and long-term freelance proofreader and indexer for The History Press, a British publishing company specialising in the publication of titles devoted to local and specialist history.

Freelance proofreader, copy-editor and indexer

Osprey Publishing
October, 2011 – Present (almost 6 years)

I am a regular, long-term freelance proofreader, copy-editor and indexer for Osprey Publishing, an Oxford-based publishing company specialising in military history.

Freelance proofreader

Mainstream Publishing
July, 2008 – July, 2013 (about 5 years)

For five years I was a regular freelance proofreader for Mainstream Publishing, a publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland, until the company closed in 2013.

Portfolio (25 selected works)

Lincolnshire Parish Clergy, c.1214-1968: A Biographical Register: Part II: The Deaneries of Beltisloe and Bolingbroke (Publications of the Lincoln Record Society)

Nicholas Bennett

The parish churches of Lincolnshire are justly celebrated. The spires of Grantham and Louth, and the famous Boston Stump, provide a focal point from the surrounding landscape of fen, wold and marsh. The charms of remote country churches along the byways of the county have been extolled in prose and verse by writers such as Henry Thorold and Sir John Betjeman. Their architecture, their stained ... read more

The parish churches of Lincolnshire are justly celebrated. The spires of Grantham and Louth, and the famous Boston Stump, provide a focal point from the surrounding landscape of fen, wold and marsh. The charms of remote country churches along the byways of the county have been extolled in prose and verse by writers such as Henry Thorold and Sir John Betjeman. Their architecture, their stained ... read more

Spy Who Painted the Queen

The Cthulhu Wars: The United States' Battles Against the Mythos (Dark Osprey)

Kenneth Hite, Kennon Bauman

From the Patriots' raid on the necromancer Joseph Curwen, to the Special Forces' assault on Leng in....

From the Patriots' raid on the necromancer Joseph Curwen, to the Special Forces' assault on Leng in....

The SBS in World War II (General Military)

Gavin Mortimer

The Special Boat Squadron was Britain's most exclusive Special Forces unit during World War II. H....

The Special Boat Squadron was Britain's most exclusive Special Forces unit during World War II. H....

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Rise and Fall of Pontypool RFC

Nicholas Bishop, Alun Carter

What made Pontypool such a great seam of talent for the Welsh national team? Why were they hated and feared in equal measure by other clubs in Wales and across the Severn? What made Ray Prosser a coach ahead of his time?In this engrossing book, Alun Carter and Nick Bishop recount the dramatic story of the rise and fall of one of the great enigmas of Welsh club rugby: Pontypool RFC. They chart ... read more

What made Pontypool such a great seam of talent for the Welsh national team? Why were they hated and feared in equal measure by other clubs in Wales and across the Severn? What made Ray Prosser a coach ahead of his time?In this engrossing book, Alun Carter and Nick Bishop recount the dramatic story of the rise and fall of one of the great enigmas of Welsh club rugby: Pontypool RFC. They chart ... read more

Cabin Class Rivals: Lafayette & Champlain, Britannic & Georgic and Manhattan & Washington

David L. Williams, Richard P. de Kerbrech

Cabin Class Rivals

Cabin Class Rivals

Savage!: The Robbie Savage Autobiography

Janine Self, Robbie Savage

Robbie Savage could have been just another Manchester United reject. Instead, he used the Old Trafford scrapheap as a springboard to become one of the most instantly recognisable footballers in the Premier League, despite being told by Sir Alex Ferguson he was not good enough to stay in the class of '92 alongside David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville. For the las... read more

Robbie Savage could have been just another Manchester United reject. Instead, he used the Old Trafford scrapheap as a springboard to become one of the most instantly recognisable footballers in the Premier League, despite being told by Sir Alex Ferguson he was not good enough to stay in the class of '92 alongside David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville. For the las... read more

The Imperial Japanese Army: The Invincible Years 1941-42 (General Military)

Bill Yenne

The German offensives which crushed Poland in 1939 and swallowed most of Western Europe in less than two months in 1940 have been well documented and heavily studied, however, the overall picture of the remarkable Japanese offensive land campaign in 1941-42 has received less attention. In this fascinating new book, Bill Yenne documents the years when the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) was conduc... read more

The German offensives which crushed Poland in 1939 and swallowed most of Western Europe in less than two months in 1940 have been well documented and heavily studied, however, the overall picture of the remarkable Japanese offensive land campaign in 1941-42 has received less attention. In this fascinating new book, Bill Yenne documents the years when the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) was conduc... read more

Waterloo: The Decisive Victory (Osprey Companion)

Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this lavishly illustrate....

Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this lavishly illustrate....

Fortune and Glory: A Treasure Hunter's Handbook (Open Book)

David McIntee

So you've decided to give up the rat race for the life of an international treasure hunter, but you're not quite sure where to start? Well then, this book is for you! Fortune & Glory holds all the knowledge you need to become the pistol-toting, fedora-wearing international tomb raider you've always dreamt of being! You can discover lost locations such as El Dorado and King Solomon's Mines. Rea... read more

So you've decided to give up the rat race for the life of an international treasure hunter, but you're not quite sure where to start? Well then, this book is for you! Fortune & Glory holds all the knowledge you need to become the pistol-toting, fedora-wearing international tomb raider you've always dreamt of being! You can discover lost locations such as El Dorado and King Solomon's Mines. Rea... read more

Company of Heroes: A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company's War in Vietnam (General Military)

Eric Poole

On May 10, 1970, during the Cambodian Incursion, Army Specialist Leslie Sabo Jr., 22-years old, m....

On May 10, 1970, during the Cambodian Incursion, Army Specialist Leslie Sabo Jr., 22-years old, m....

Cars We Loved in the 1980s

Giles Chapman

It was brash, it was loud--the 1980s put paid to the glumness of the 1970s, and nowhere was that mor....

It was brash, it was loud--the 1980s put paid to the glumness of the 1970s, and nowhere was that mor....

An Outsider Inside No 10: Protecting the Prime Ministers, 1974-79

John Warwicker

Outsider Inside No 10: Protecting the Prime Ministers, 1974-

Outsider Inside No 10: Protecting the Prime Ministers, 1974-

If the Cap Fits: My Rocky Road to Emmerdale

Steve Halliwell

Steve Halliwell is best known as the loveable patriarch Zak Dingle in television's Emmerdale, a part he has played since 1994 and which has led him to become one of the UK's most recognisable and treasured soap stars. Yet before he found success on the Yorkshire Dales, Halliwell spent many years desperately seeking work, often walking the streets aimlessly in search of food. This warts-and-all... read more

Steve Halliwell is best known as the loveable patriarch Zak Dingle in television's Emmerdale, a part he has played since 1994 and which has led him to become one of the UK's most recognisable and treasured soap stars. Yet before he found success on the Yorkshire Dales, Halliwell spent many years desperately seeking work, often walking the streets aimlessly in search of food. This warts-and-all... read more

Heroes of Postman's Park: Heroic Self-Sacrifice in Victorian London

Dr John Price

The Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice in Postman s Park, London, is a Victorian monument conta....

The Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice in Postman s Park, London, is a Victorian monument conta....

Red Men: Liverpool Football Club - The Biography

John Williams

A unique and exhaustively researched history of Liverpool Football Club, which explores the origins....

A unique and exhaustively researched history of Liverpool Football Club, which explores the origins....

Lemmy: The Definitive Biography

Mick Wall

In 'The Ace of Spades', Motorhead's most famous song, Lemmy, the born-to-lose, live-to-win frontman of the band sang, 'I don't want to live forever'. Yet as he told his friend of 35 years, former PR and biographer Mick Wall, 'Actually, I want to go the day before forever. To avoid the rush...'. This is his strange but true story. Brutally frank, painfully funny, wincingly sad, and always beaut... read more

In 'The Ace of Spades', Motorhead's most famous song, Lemmy, the born-to-lose, live-to-win frontman of the band sang, 'I don't want to live forever'. Yet as he told his friend of 35 years, former PR and biographer Mick Wall, 'Actually, I want to go the day before forever. To avoid the rush...'. This is his strange but true story. Brutally frank, painfully funny, wincingly sad, and always beaut... read more

Mark has 11 reviews

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Mark McKay

Mark's copy-editing and proofreading is very thorough and adheres to high standards. His communication throughout was good. and he was prompt and informative when answering my questions. For those of you needing copy-editing and / or proofreading services, I have no hesitation in recommending him.

, September 2017


Scott Richards

This is the second project I've worked with Mark on. His work is exceptional and sense for detail remarkable. I thought I had a good handle on grammar, proofreading and editing, but handing over and trusting Mark with my work is one of the best decisions I've made. He's also making me a better writer for his contribution. Can't recommend his work enough.

, August 2017


Scott Richards

Mark's work as an editor is versatile, professional and detail orientated. Could not be more satisfied with his work.

, July 2017


Andre Roy

Mark was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. His messages were timely and professional, while his editing work did a wonderful job of fixing and polishing the project I had given him. I would recommend him without reservation for any copy editing or proofreading.

, June 2017


colin ferdinand

I hired Mark to proofread 4 short stories (after he'd finished copy-editing my novel) and once more he delivered with gusto. He doesn't miss a thing; he even caught my misspelling of Olive Oyl's surname (I'd spelled it Oil). His professionalism, skill, punctuality, flexibility, and communication are of the highest order, and I will not hesitate to secure his services for future assignments. I a...

, April 2017

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