Michelle Bernard

Michelle Bernard – Editor

Project manager, copy-editor and proofreader since 1989, both in-house and freelance. Accurate and high-quality service.


I have worked as an editorial project manager, copy-editor and proofreader since 1989, both in-house and freelance. Publishers I have worked with include Palgrave Macmillan, Mitchell Beazley, Thorsons (HarperCollins), Continuum, Wisdom Publications and Windhorse Publications. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sussex and am an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. I am the co-editor of two online literary journals.

My speciality is non-fiction, with a particular emphasis on Buddhist philosophy, literature, higher education and wellbeing. I am detail-oriented and have mostly worked as a copy-editor and proofreader, but also have years of project management experience, so can guide your project through the whole publishing process from start to finish. I also enjoy sharing my experience with authors and being of help in any way I can.

I live in a peaceful village near Cambridge, close to a nature reserve and woods full of rare flowers and birds. I try to bring the calm of my years of meditation practice to my work and relationships with authors.


'Michelle has been working with me now for about 15 years as an editor and research support for the publications I work on in literature and higher education. Michelle is both highly motivated and independent, and also works to specific assignments. She is a completer finisher of the highest quality, producing well-sourced and well-expressed material and ensuring the quality of my own writing. She proofreads, copy-edits and advises on my various journal articles and book projects. Without Michelle there would be no end products. I am happy to endorse her in any of the roles she applies for.'

Professor Gina Wisker, Head of Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of Brighton, Professor Higher Education and Contemporary Literature, SFSEDA, PFHEA, NTFS, FRSA

'Michelle is a valued member of the Windhorse Publications team. Over the eight years that I have worked with her, I have valued her professionalism, patience and attention to detail. In a small publishing team, with many and varied requests for different types of editing and proofreading, Michelle has been a very reliable colleague.'

Peter Joseph, Director Windhorse Publications

'Michelle and I worked closely together at Parallax Press in Berkeley, California, for five years. I was editor-in-chief and she was senior editor. She edited manuscripts – developing and restructuring some, line editing others, as well as copy-editing and proofreading. We also worked together on marketing descriptions for press releases and back cover text, author relations, and the overall look and feel of each book. It was a joy to work with Michelle, and I cannot recommend her highly enough.'

Arnie Kotler, Editor, Literary Agent and former Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Parallax Press

Buddhism Education & Reference Health & Wellbeing Philosophy Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (UK) English (US)
  • BA (Hons) English

Work experience

Anglia Ruskin University, Anglia Access Centre

Aug, 2019 — Present

• Edit, proofread and quality assure reports, ensuring recommendations meet specific needs, cost effective solutions have been recommended, and all factual data is correct.

Windhorse Publications

Nov, 2011 — Present

• In-house proofreader for the press.
• Oversee all aspects of the editorial and production processes, from copy-edited manuscript to bound book and ebook file. Ensure projects are on track, check and feed back on the quality of work produced, including checking final proofs and files.
• Liaise with authors and a team of editors, proofreaders, indexers, text and cover designers and printers.


Jan, 2004 — Present

• Freelance project manager, proofreader and copy-editor since 2004.
• Long-term contract with the University of Brighton, including editing and proofreading articles for academic journals, and books on higher education and literary studies for Palgrave Macmillan.
• Co-editor of two online literary journals: 2006-present.
• Long-term contract editing Buddhist books: 2004-2006.

Anglia Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University

Jan, 2004 — Oct, 2011 (over 7 years)

• Edited academic journals; solicited and reviewed articles; managed the peer review process; sent feedback to authors, including requesting corrections/amendments; edited and proofread final submissions.

Carroll & Brown

Jun, 2002 — Dec, 2003 (over 1 year)

• Project management; managed US co-editions; copy-editing; proofreading.

Thorsons/Element (HarperCollins)

Sep, 2001 — May, 2002 (8 months)

• Copy-editing; project management; rewriting/ghostwriting manuscripts.

Mitchell Beazley

Apr, 2000 — Sep, 2001 (over 1 year)

• Managed illustrated projects from manuscript to bound book and produced co-editions.

Parallax Press

Jan, 1995 — Dec, 1999 (almost 5 years)

• Structured manuscripts from rough transcriptions, involving developmental editing, copy-editing and proofreading, specializing in Buddhist and mind, body and spirit titles. High-profile Buddhist authors included the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh.

Macmillan (Hong Kong)

Jan, 1990 — Dec, 1990 (11 months)

• Project management, copy-editing and proofreading for secondary-school English textbooks (awarded grade ‘A’ by Hong Kong education board).

Longman (Far East)

Jan, 1989 — Dec, 1989 (11 months)

• Copy-edited and proofread primary- and secondary-school texts; co-wrote readers.

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