Michael Benge

Michael Benge – Editor

I specialise in wellbeing, social care, mental health and learning disabilities, as well as English Language Teaching (ELT) books.

Overview

I have been a professional editor and proofreader for 20 years and am now leaving behind the security of salaried employment and setting up as a freelancer. For the last several years I have been specialising in health and social care books, particularly covering mental health issues, learning disabilities, nursing, drug and alcohol addiction and psychology, as well as English language teaching (ELT), having worked on several ELTon-nominated titles. I have also had a great deal of experience in legal publishing and books for the emergency services.

I can offer a service that is as light or as in-depth as you require, and work as closely alongside you or as independently as you prefer, developing your manuscript and bringing it up to a highly polished finish or simply providing another pair of eyes you can trust to ensure a level of perfection you can be proud of. If required I will return your manuscript with in-depth feedback and developmental ideas and criticism, suggestions and questions, all fully marked up for your appraisal, and I will do so to meet your deadlines.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction ELT Health & Wellbeing Sociology
Languages
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Pavilion Publishing and Media

Sep, 2011 — Dec, 2022 (about 11 years)

• Developed, edited and proofread books for health and social care staff, from academic titles for doctors and students to practical books for use on the front line, as well as training manuals and magazines.
• Developed and edited a wide range of ELT titles for both students and teacher.
• Worked with authors to help develop manuscripts, providing feedback on writing and content.

The Practical Law Company

Aug, 2009 — Sep, 2011 (about 2 years)

• Edited and proofread comprehensive legal practice notes, contracts and news articles to ensure complicated legal concepts written by senior lawyers are accessible to junior lawyers, paralegals and non-specialised, in-house lawyers.
• Worked with lawyers and paralegals to develop their writing and the content of their work.

Chambers and Partners

May, 2007 — May, 2009 (about 2 years)

• Edited a series of legal directories providing information and reviews of law firms and lawyers.
• Copy edited material for publication, often written by non-native speakers and requiring extensive revision and improvement.
• Wrote high-quality copy requiring extensive research and an ability to make technical subjects accessible for a non-technical readership.

Michael has 5 reviews

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Eva P.

Eva P.

Mar, 2024

Working with Michael was very easy from the beginning. He was flexible, on time and kept in touch. He quickly understood the concept and has improved significantly my nonfiction book, both in readability and content. I am very thankful and will work with him in the future if I ever write again.! Eva Perez Visus
Lee R.

Lee R.

Feb, 2024

Michael has been truly outstanding! He has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and kept me informed at every stage of the process. I wholeheartedly recommend his services.
Harry S.

Harry S.

Dec, 2023

Michael was excellent. He was very responsive and patient. The quality of his work was top class. I whole heartedly recommended for any author requiring editorial work.
Harry S.

Harry S.

Sep, 2023

Michael was absolutely fantastic! He provided precise line editing for my manuscript, and he delivered it right on schedule. Not only was he quick in responding to my emails, but he also went above and beyond by tackling some tasks that weren't initially included in the project. Furthermore, he kindly offered to proofread the manuscript after it's been typeset. I wholeheartedly recommend his se...
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Alan J.

Alan J.

Aug, 2023

If you are looking for a professional editor for your book, look no further than Michael Benge, particularly if your book is non-fiction or has technical stuff in it. I am a new author and I am dyslexic and not that literate, so having someone understanding, competent and experienced onside that could take the reigns was so important. Michael has been superb at not only the primary role of po...
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