Miranda Ward

Miranda Ward - Editor

Oxford, United Kingdom

Supportive copy/line and structural editor with a love of language and an eye for detail.

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Overview

I am a freelance copy/line editor, proofreader and developmental editor. I am meticulous, reliable, and passionate about helping every book I work on reach its full potential. As a published author with an MA in creative writing, I understand the unique intimacy of being edited, and I love working with people to ensure that every sentence is polished and every idea is clear.

My particular areas of expertise include travel, memoir, history, business and management, though my interests are wide ranging. I also have a PhD in cultural geography from Royal Holloway, University of London, where my research centred on the relationship between body and place at the indoor swimming pool, so have a good understanding of academia and academic writing.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss your project!

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
History
Music
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Travel
Fiction
Historical Fiction

Certifications

  • PhD
  • MA
  • BSc

Work experience

Editor, writer, and researcher

Self-employed
July, 2011 – Present (over 7 years)

Over seven years of freelance writing, editing and research experience. Particular areas of expertise include:

- Copyediting and proofreading
- Structural/developmental editing
- Research assistance
- Writing articles, blog posts, newsletters, and other copy for a range of clients and outlets

Research Assistant

Dr. Sophie Ratcliffe
June, 2009 – October, 2011 (over 2 years)

Research assistant to Dr. Sophie Ratcliffe (Oxford University), working on the collected letters of P.G. Wodehouse (P.G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters, published by Hutchinson, November 2011).

Portfolio (20 selected works)

We Can Be Heroes

Graham Smith, Chris Sullivan

Trust Me, PR Is Dead

Robert Phillips

In Trust Me, PR is Dead, Robert Phillips - the former EMEA CEO of Edelman, the world's largest public relations firm - calls the end of the PR industry and advocates new models of public leadership and public value. He tells tales from the front line and twenty-five years at the summit of PR, from the 'Hello Boys' Wonderbra campaign to sharing the stage with CEOs and prime ministers, as well a... read more

In Trust Me, PR is Dead, Robert Phillips - the former EMEA CEO of Edelman, the world's largest public relations firm - calls the end of the PR industry and advocates new models of public leadership and public value. He tells tales from the front line and twenty-five years at the summit of PR, from the 'Hello Boys' Wonderbra campaign to sharing the stage with CEOs and prime ministers, as well a... read more

Saving Bletchley Park: How #socialmedia saved the home of the WWII codebreakers

Dr Sue Black, Stevyn Colgan

There have been many histories of Bletchley Park and the heroic work of Alan Turing and the code-breakers, work so important that it changed the course of the Second World War, shortening it by two years. This book tells a different story, of how this intensely iconic historical site was saved using the power of social media and the very computing technology that was born here. When Dr Sue Bla... read more

There have been many histories of Bletchley Park and the heroic work of Alan Turing and the code-breakers, work so important that it changed the course of the Second World War, shortening it by two years. This book tells a different story, of how this intensely iconic historical site was saved using the power of social media and the very computing technology that was born here. When Dr Sue Bla... read more

Pure

Rose Bretécher

Rose Bretecher has OCD, but not as you know it. Pure is the true story of her life with intrusive sexual thoughts - a rampant but little-known symptom of the disorder. It tracks her farcical ten-year path to redemption, from the time she was first seized by graphic mental images to her eventual recovery through therapy, acceptance and love. The book describes her obsessive questioning of her i... read more

Rose Bretecher has OCD, but not as you know it. Pure is the true story of her life with intrusive sexual thoughts - a rampant but little-known symptom of the disorder. It tracks her farcical ten-year path to redemption, from the time she was first seized by graphic mental images to her eventual recovery through therapy, acceptance and love. The book describes her obsessive questioning of her i... read more

The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2018

Lia Leendertz

Have you ever wondered why the moon is sometimes blue?The New Almanac revives the tradition of the rural almanac for those who want to connect with the seasons through gardening, eating seasonally, moon-gazing, foraging, celebrating feast days and picking seasonal flowers. It brings you the tools and inspiration you need to celebrate, mark and appreciate each month of the year.For each of the ... read more

Have you ever wondered why the moon is sometimes blue?The New Almanac revives the tradition of the rural almanac for those who want to connect with the seasons through gardening, eating seasonally, moon-gazing, foraging, celebrating feast days and picking seasonal flowers. It brings you the tools and inspiration you need to celebrate, mark and appreciate each month of the year.For each of the ... read more

The Tyrant and the Squire

Terry Jones

Deep in the Crusades, Tom has run away from home to discover what the noble life of a knight is really like. But now that his dreams have come true and he has been knighted, all is not as rosy as he'd hoped. Terry Jones is known for his work with Monty Python, his stories for children (which won him the Children's Book Award) and his medieval books. In The Tyrant and the Squire he uses his ini... read more

Deep in the Crusades, Tom has run away from home to discover what the noble life of a knight is really like. But now that his dreams have come true and he has been knighted, all is not as rosy as he'd hoped. Terry Jones is known for his work with Monty Python, his stories for children (which won him the Children's Book Award) and his medieval books. In The Tyrant and the Squire he uses his ini... read more

Scraps of Wool: A Journey Through the Golden Age of Travel Writing

Bill Colegrave

Of all the world’s books, the best stories are to be found between the pages of a passport.Scraps of Wool is a celebration of the Golden Age of travel writing, bringing together in one volume inspirational and classic passages that have enthralled and excited generations of readers. Compiled by editor Bill Colegrave, its excerpts have been carefully selected by today’s greatest living travel w... read more

Of all the world’s books, the best stories are to be found between the pages of a passport.Scraps of Wool is a celebration of the Golden Age of travel writing, bringing together in one volume inspirational and classic passages that have enthralled and excited generations of readers. Compiled by editor Bill Colegrave, its excerpts have been carefully selected by today’s greatest living travel w... read more

Last Landlady: An English Memoir

Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson’s grandmother Violet was one of the great landladies. Born in a London pub, she became the first woman to be given a publican’s licence in her own name and, just as pubs defined her life, she seemed in many ways to embody their essence. Laura spent part of her childhood in Violet’s Home Counties establishment, mesmerised by her gift for cultivating the mix of cosiness and glamou... read more

Laura Thompson’s grandmother Violet was one of the great landladies. Born in a London pub, she became the first woman to be given a publican’s licence in her own name and, just as pubs defined her life, she seemed in many ways to embody their essence. Laura spent part of her childhood in Violet’s Home Counties establishment, mesmerised by her gift for cultivating the mix of cosiness and glamou... read more

Bad Romance

Emily Hill

Tales from the happily never after At a wedding, one woman's revenge comes in the shape of her heavily pregnant belly. As a career girl attempts to climb the ladder she slides down into ever more grotesque flatshares. A single woman who always attends parties alone realises that the truth might not always be the best answer. And one Londoner learns her most important lesson since moving to the... read more

Tales from the happily never after At a wedding, one woman's revenge comes in the shape of her heavily pregnant belly. As a career girl attempts to climb the ladder she slides down into ever more grotesque flatshares. A single woman who always attends parties alone realises that the truth might not always be the best answer. And one Londoner learns her most important lesson since moving to the... read more

Trans Britain: Our Journey from the Shadows

Christine Burns

Over the last five years, transgender people have seemed to burst into the public eye: Time declared 2014 a ‘trans tipping point’, while American Vogue named 2015 ‘the year of trans visibility’. From our television screens to the ballot box, transgender people have suddenly become part of the zeitgeist.This apparently overnight emergence, though, is just the latest stage in a long and varied h... read more

Over the last five years, transgender people have seemed to burst into the public eye: Time declared 2014 a ‘trans tipping point’, while American Vogue named 2015 ‘the year of trans visibility’. From our television screens to the ballot box, transgender people have suddenly become part of the zeitgeist.This apparently overnight emergence, though, is just the latest stage in a long and varied h... read more

Song

Michelle Jana Chan

Opening in the mid-nineteenth-century, this dazzling debut novel traces the voyage of Song, a boy who leaves his impoverished family in rural China to seek his fortune. Song may have survived the perilous journey to the colony of British Guiana in the Caribbean, but once there he discovers riches are hard to come by, as he finds himself working as an indentured plantation worker.Between places... read more

Opening in the mid-nineteenth-century, this dazzling debut novel traces the voyage of Song, a boy who leaves his impoverished family in rural China to seek his fortune. Song may have survived the perilous journey to the colony of British Guiana in the Caribbean, but once there he discovers riches are hard to come by, as he finds himself working as an indentured plantation worker.Between places... read more

Four Feet Under: Thirty untold stories of homelessness in London

Tamsen Courtenay

‘Touching, insightful and human – this book demands a social and, above all, a political response’ Jon SnowTamsen Courtenay spent two months speaking to people who live on London’s streets, the homeless and the destitute – people who feel they are invisible. With a camera and a cheap audio recorder, she listened as they chronicled their extraordinary lives, now being lived four feet below most... read more

‘Touching, insightful and human – this book demands a social and, above all, a political response’ Jon SnowTamsen Courtenay spent two months speaking to people who live on London’s streets, the homeless and the destitute – people who feel they are invisible. With a camera and a cheap audio recorder, she listened as they chronicled their extraordinary lives, now being lived four feet below most... read more

21 Miles

Jessica Hepburn

After a decade of trying to become a mother – eleven rounds of unsuccessful IVF, multiple miscarriages and a pregnancy which proved almost fatal – Jessica Hepburn knew it was time to do something different.So she decided to swim the twenty-one miles across the English Channel – no easy feat, especially for someone with an aversion to exercise who couldn't swim very well. As the punishing train... read more

After a decade of trying to become a mother – eleven rounds of unsuccessful IVF, multiple miscarriages and a pregnancy which proved almost fatal – Jessica Hepburn knew it was time to do something different.So she decided to swim the twenty-one miles across the English Channel – no easy feat, especially for someone with an aversion to exercise who couldn't swim very well. As the punishing train... read more

Creative Superpowers: Equip Yourself for the Age of Creativity

Daniele Fiandaca, Mark Earls, Laura Jordan Bambach, Scott Morrison

Do you remember what it was like to be a child? A time when your imagination would run rife and it was easy to imagine yourself as a superhero? What was your superpower? Flying at the speed of light, X-ray vision, invisibility or the ability to turn your brussels sprouts into ice cream? In Creative Superpowers, we have assembled some of the world’s creative leaders to bring to life the modern ... read more

Do you remember what it was like to be a child? A time when your imagination would run rife and it was easy to imagine yourself as a superhero? What was your superpower? Flying at the speed of light, X-ray vision, invisibility or the ability to turn your brussels sprouts into ice cream? In Creative Superpowers, we have assembled some of the world’s creative leaders to bring to life the modern ... read more

The Second Death Of Daedalus Mole

Niall Slater

'Clever, quirky, original, hilarious.' Joanne HarrisDaedalus Mole wants to make the best of a bad situation. The plan: fly his unwanted passenger, Erin, to her destination, squeeze her for every last penny, then immediately find refuge in the nearest pub. Unfortunately, when the galaxy is on the verge of economic collapse and your passenger has a bounty the size of a planet on her head, there’... read more

'Clever, quirky, original, hilarious.' Joanne HarrisDaedalus Mole wants to make the best of a bad situation. The plan: fly his unwanted passenger, Erin, to her destination, squeeze her for every last penny, then immediately find refuge in the nearest pub. Unfortunately, when the galaxy is on the verge of economic collapse and your passenger has a bounty the size of a planet on her head, there’... read more

House of Fiction: From Pemberley to Brideshead, Great British Houses in Literature and Life

Phyllis Richardson

Discover how authors’ personal experiences in their homes shaped the iconic imaginative dwellings of English literature: Virginia Woolf’s love of Talland House is palpable in To the Lighthouse, just as London’s Bloomsbury is ever-present in Mrs. Dalloway. E.M. Forster’s childhood home at Rook’s Nest mirrors the idyllic charm of Howards End. And Horace Walpole’s "little Gothic castle" in Twicke... read more

Discover how authors’ personal experiences in their homes shaped the iconic imaginative dwellings of English literature: Virginia Woolf’s love of Talland House is palpable in To the Lighthouse, just as London’s Bloomsbury is ever-present in Mrs. Dalloway. E.M. Forster’s childhood home at Rook’s Nest mirrors the idyllic charm of Howards End. And Horace Walpole’s "little Gothic castle" in Twicke... read more

If I Fall: An unputdownable and emotional novel about love, loss and friendship

Ella Harper

Four university friends, four devastating secrets.I’m really sorry for what I’m about to do...It’s fifteen years since graduation, and Connie, Jonas, JJ and Layla have managed to remain close despite the odds. They’ve supported each other, but are some things too big for friendship?Connie is desperate to maintain the veneer of perfect family life.Jonas is feeling the pressure at work.Layla’s c... read more

Four university friends, four devastating secrets.I’m really sorry for what I’m about to do...It’s fifteen years since graduation, and Connie, Jonas, JJ and Layla have managed to remain close despite the odds. They’ve supported each other, but are some things too big for friendship?Connie is desperate to maintain the veneer of perfect family life.Jonas is feeling the pressure at work.Layla’s c... read more

Daughter of War (Knights Templar Book 1)

S.J.A. Turney

An extraordinary story of the Knights Templar, seen from the bloody insideEurope is aflame. On the Iberian Peninsula the wars of the Reconquista rage across Aragon and Castile. Once again, the Moors are gaining the upper hand. Christendom is divided.Amidst the chaos comes a young knight: Arnau of Valbona. After his Lord is killed in an act of treachery, Arnau pledges to look after his daughter... read more

An extraordinary story of the Knights Templar, seen from the bloody insideEurope is aflame. On the Iberian Peninsula the wars of the Reconquista rage across Aragon and Castile. Once again, the Moors are gaining the upper hand. Christendom is divided.Amidst the chaos comes a young knight: Arnau of Valbona. After his Lord is killed in an act of treachery, Arnau pledges to look after his daughter... read more

The Killing Time (Inspector Danilov Crime Thriller Book 4)

M J Lee

As tensions simmer in Shanghai, children go missing…Shanghai 1932: Inspector Danilov hasn't recovered from the death of his child... but across a Shanghai riven with communal tensions, children are going missing.Missing, and then murdered. Who is responsible? Why have the children's bodies been exhibited for all to see?Just as Danilov thinks the stakes couldn't be higher there is a new dimensi... read more

As tensions simmer in Shanghai, children go missing…Shanghai 1932: Inspector Danilov hasn't recovered from the death of his child... but across a Shanghai riven with communal tensions, children are going missing.Missing, and then murdered. Who is responsible? Why have the children's bodies been exhibited for all to see?Just as Danilov thinks the stakes couldn't be higher there is a new dimensi... read more

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