Stuart Budgen

Stuart Budgen - Editor

Carcassonne, France

Professional, experienced copyeditor/proofreader. Fiction specialist, particularly romance. Very fast turnaround. Endorsed by publishers.

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Hi there,

I have a degree in English language from the University of London, and a professional certificate in copyediting and proofreading from Proofreading Academy.

I have been running a freelance copyediting and proofreading business for the last six years. My main specialization is fiction, in the CMoS, although I also receive many nonfiction manuscripts following various other style guides, depending on the needs of my clients.

I am the principal proofreader for three publishers: Cherry Publishing, Highlander Press and Digital Press, as well as frequently freelancing for various others, including, more recently, one of the big five.

I can work competently in any major English dialect (US/CAN, UK/AUS), although I mostly work in US English because my clients often tend to aim for that market.

My clients have been known to compliment my prompt and friendly communication skills, my level of availability to them, and my fast turnaround speed. It isn't uncommon to find myself talking with a client during the evening or even on weekends, because I don't like to keep people waiting.

During the summer I am normally with family in the South of France, and I spend winters in South East Asia, being something of a digital nomad and beach fanatic. I like to bring that sunny enthusiasm into my work!

My favorite project to date was a collection of short stories written by women who had experienced spiritual transformation in their lives. It was thoroughly enjoyable to switch author and writing style every few thousand words, and to enhance those powerful experiences for the reader. The book will soon be available to buy through Highlander Press.

English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Career Guides


  • Proofreading Academy professional certificate

Work experience


Hachette UK
August, 2021 – Present (over 1 year)

I have been a freelance proofreader for this publisher since August 2021.


Publish Central (Australia)
June, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

I often proofread business manuscripts for this Australian based publisher.


Highlander Press
April, 2019 – Present (over 3 years)

I am a regular copyeditor/proofreader for this publisher that specializes in spiritual journey/business success books.


Digital Press
February, 2019 – Present (almost 4 years)

I often freelance for this company, copyediting books that have been machine translated from German and French, mostly in the motivation/self-help genre.


The Urban Writers
April, 2018 – Present (over 4 years)

I regularly freelance for this company, editing nonfiction books in various subjects.

Copyeditor and proofreader

Cherry Publishing
May, 2017 – Present (over 5 years)

I am the primary proofreader for this publisher.


February, 2016 – Present (almost 7 years)

Portfolio (14 selected works)

The Blueberry Boys

Sibal, Gianna, Publishing, Cherry

Company Ink (Ink Series Book 1)

Lewis, E. L. , Publishing, Cherry

Another Life

Brown, Nicholas, Publishing, Cherry

Saying Yes: Stormy Love: Book 1

Sparkle, Ella, Publishing, Cherry

Confinés (French Edition)

G. Martin, Aude, Publishing, Cherry

Permanent Ink (Ink Series Book 2)

Lewis, E. L. , Publishing, Cherry

Dirty Lyrics

Lawrence, Talita, Publishing, Cherry

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