I am a previous teacher, retrained as an editor and proofreader. I have qualifications from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, of which I am a member; I am also a member of the Society for English-Native-Speaking Editors. I work freelance for Oxford Language Editing Services, part of OUP, and have over 1700 hours' experience in editing and proofreading academic texts, and both fiction and non-fiction books.
Comments from clients:
Sandra Rawlin from PPS Proofreading proofread a draft of my novel prior to sending it off to agents. As well as correcting grammar and spelling, she highlighted inconsistencies in the plot and gave me many useful suggestions on how to improve the story line. Her input really improved my writing and I can highly recommend her to any aspiring novelist (Jack Pietersen).
I hired Sandra Rawlin to proofread and edit my new 72k word supernatural horror novel Demons Walk Among Us. Sandra is both good and fast. I had my completed novel back within the time frame agreed and communication was great. I will be using Sandra again for my next novel (Mark Steen).
Sandra helped me proofread my feature film treatment. She not only corrected the grammar errors but also enhanced the emotions and logical senses of my story. The price she offered was very reasonable. Looking forward to working with her again (Yiran, Lincoln).
Fabulous service, punctual, respects the customer by replying to each email, good value for money, high quality proofreading. I dealt with Sandra more than 10 times during my Master's period, I'm working on my dissertation now and my supervisor praised her work (Hamad, Glasgow).
I have started working with Sandra from last year. She responds quickly and does the job on time with great value of money. She has advantage that I have not found it in anyone else which is she tries to understand your topic before doing the proofreading and editing, and this is what everyone wants from the proofreader (Ali, Manchester).
As an international PhD student, English is my second language. So I need someone to correct all grammatical and linguistic errors in my doctoral thesis. In fact, I have found everything I'm looking for in these services. Sandra is doing not all kinds of simple correction, but beyond that she provides very helpful comments and suggestions. Through proofreading done by Sandra, I found she understand my project as I want it to be and returned it back promptly. I think Sandra is different from the others, and dealing with her is very excellent. I would highly recommend her to all students. I would say, Thanks Sandra! (Abdul,Hull).
As an editor for OLE I carry out substantive editing for both non-fiction books and academic papers for submission to English and American journals. This involves the following elements:
- Ensures grammar is correct and idiomatic.
- Flags factual inconsistencies to the author through author queries.
- Flags inappropriate language and revises content that can be considered prejudicial.
- Rewrites ambiguous or contradictory sentences and flags to the author through author query to ensure intended meaning is retained.
- Ensures journal's formatting requirements are met.
- Improves text by extensive rewriting and sentence reorganisation, smoothing transitions and improving readability.
- Suggests additions and deletions of content in author query.
- Ensures logical consistency throughout.
I regularly carry out editing work for the handbooks that are distributed to puppy walkers on behalf of Guide Dogs. These are some of their comments:
Sandra provided a very professional service and added an additional level of quality and professionalism to a large set of technical documents that were being created for volunteers in the third sector. Sandra provided a quick turn around, a high standard of feedback and was a pleasure to work with. I would certainly use Sandra again and recommend her services.
Sandra completed the work to a tight deadline and to a very high standard. Her input added an additional level of professionalism to the final handbooks which has been commented on by a number of staff.
Your exceptional work has really contributed to the on-going success of Guide Dogs.
Editing and proofreading on a variety of academic subjects including ICT, social sciences, business, sciences, education, linguistics, engineering and art. Have also edited fiction novels (horror and psychological thrillers). All of my work is through recommendation and repeat business.
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I'm a freelance editor and collaborator who worked at HarperCollins Publishers for nine years before going freelance. Non-fiction only.
Experienced copy editor, line editor, and proofreader specializing in academic and nonfiction books, articles, and white papers.