Rachel Woollett

Rachel Woollett – Editor

Meticulous, professional proofreader, with a sharp eye, a love of words and 25 years’ experience at a national level.


Need a highly trained, experienced professional to proofread your manuscript? Then you've come to the right place. Hi, I'm Rachel, a UK-based, friendly, meticulous, professional proofreader, with a sharp eye, a sense of humour and decades of experience at the highest level.

I've spent a quarter of a century as a journalist, editing and writing for national newspapers and magazines at major national publishers. I've edited copy on everything from The Independent to InStyle, from Empire to Psychologies, and from Woman's Weekly to Metro. Basically, if you've read it, I've edited it. Luckily, I now use those tightly honed proofreading skills for book publishing - it requires exactly the same skill set - so you're in good hands.

For authors, I largely proofread commercial and literary fiction, women's fiction, Uplit, romance, comedy, historical fiction and children’s picture books, as well as non-fiction across a wide variety of subjects, including biography and wellbeing, although I'm open to any genre. I'm also open to working with authors from both the US and the UK.

I check for spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax and style, as well as any factual errors and inconsistencies. I will contact you to discuss any major changes, and edits can also be done using Microsoft Word Track Changes, so you can see my corrections. I can also sub-edit on-page in Adobe InDesign. After my edits, I aim to give you back a clean, error-free manuscript that's ready for submission or publication. Simple as that. I'm always happy to chat, so feel free to get in touch and tell me about your book, your requirements and your schedule. Hopefully we can work together soon.

All fees are commensurate with Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and National Union of Journalists rates.

Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing
Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Picture Books Romance Women's Fiction
English (UK)
  • Post-grad Journalism
  • BA Hons degree English

Work experience


Mar, 2020 — Present

Proofreading, 80,000+-word fiction manuscripts.
Proofreading and sub-editing non-fiction books.
Proofreading and copy-editing children's picture books.

TI Media, Future, Bauer, Hearst, Kelsey Publishing, Archant Publishing, KOS Media, News UK, Fat Baby

Mar, 1999 — Mar, 2020 (about 21 years)

Freelance proofreader, sub-editor, fiction editor, feature writer and news writer on national and international newspapers and magazines, including Psychologies, The Independent, InStyle, Metro, Scarlet, Company, Empire, Woman's Weekly, Antiques Roadshow and Loaded.

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