Sarah Giles

Sarah Giles - Editor

Alton, UK

Professional non-fiction copy editor and proofreader with 20 years' experience. Clients include Hodder & Stoughton and HarperCollins.

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Hello, I'm Sarah. I provide writing, copy-editing and proofreading services, helping you communicate clearly with your readers.

Following five years’ editorial work in-house for publishers including Hodder & Stoughton, I’ve been freelance since 2006. Other clients include HarperCollins, Huffington Post, Lion Hudson, World Vision, The Salvation Army, and many more. My specialisms include biographies, self-help, Christian devotionals and Bible commentaries, international development, charities' supporter communications and annual reports, and other non-fiction projects.

My experience is backed up by a BA degree in Linguistics and English Language, an MA in Language Studies, and industry-standard training in copywriting, editing and proofreading.

I ensure that any words leaving my desk do so with all the apostrophes in the right places, so you can be assured of compelling copy and engaged readers.

I look forward to working with you.


'Sarah is reliable, professional and a pleasure to work with. Her love of the written word is evident in her work, which is always superbly crafted with the intended audience in mind. As an editor, she has an excellent eye for detail, offers insightful suggestions and works consistently to a high standard.'
- Ken Punter, Digital Media and Publications Manager, World Vision UK

'Sarah was 100% reliable and a true pleasure to work with. She copy-edited 12 issues of the magazine I edited and there was never any question that she’d deliver an excellent standard of work within the deadline. I wholeheartedly recommend her.'
- Jo Swinney, Head of Communications, A Rocha

'Sarah has proven herself reliable, consistent, and accurate – essential qualities in an editor. She is a safe pair of hands.'
- Simon Cox, Project Editor, Lion Publishing

English (UK)
Biographies & Memoirs
Christian Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Health & Wellbeing
Parenting & Families
Self-Help & Self-Improvement


  • Copy-Editing Skills (PTC)
  • Digital Proofreading (PTC)
  • Proofreading for Editors (PTC)
  • Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)
  • MA Linguistics and English Language
  • MSc Psychology (in progress)

Work experience

Writer & Editor

August, 2006 – Present (almost 16 years)

Deputy Editor, Kids Alive!

The Salvation Army
August, 2004 – June, 2006 (almost 2 years)

Assistant Editor

Hodder & Stoughton
September, 2002 – August, 2004 (almost 2 years)

Copy Editor

Scripture Union
February, 2001 – September, 2002 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan

Mark O'Connell,Mark OConnell

Sarah has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jenica Leah
Sarah was very thorough and went above and beyond our expectations. I would love to work with her again if given the opportunity. Thank you Sarah.

Jenica Leah, September 2021

Martin Coombs
Difficult to judge precisely as I have no previous experiences to compare this with, but in general very pleased and satisfied.

Martin Coombs, May 2021

Alan Aymie
Sarah was great to work with and very thorough in what she did. I look forward to collaborating with her in the future!

Alan Aymie, April 2021

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