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Valerie Spanswick

Valerie Spanswick - Editor

Wales, United Kingdom

American and British copy-editing, proofreading and localisation to help you polish your words and reach new audiences

Overview

I've been working with words for over twenty-five years, and have lived, worked and studied in both the US and the UK. I'm an American native English speaker resident in Great Britain for over ten years.

I provide copy-editing, proofreading, localisation and some copy writing for books, reports, articles, scripts - any written material really!

My experience includes:
Editing and formatting ebooks
Copy-editing multi-author works for education and business
Localisation of ebooks and audio script
Writing reports, press releases, promotional material and articles ranging from construction to fine art

Besides a certificate in editorial skills, I have two degrees in art history. I'm a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literature Short Story Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs DIY & Crafts History Travel

Certifications

  • BA - Art History
  • MA - Art History
  • Editorial Skills

Work experience

Editorial Services

Valerie Spanswick is self-employed

June, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

Copy-editing, proofreading, writing, formatting, localisation and preparation of materials for publication in the entertainment, academic, and business sectors.

Administration and Editing

Engineering Firm

April, 2006 – June, 2014 (about 8 years)

Preparing reports, proposals, presentations, and other deliverables, including copy-editing, proofreading, formatting, page layout, and production.

Video Producer and PR Consultant

self-employed

March, 1996 – March, 2006 (about 10 years)

Creating promotional and marketing videos, press releases, booklets, and reports for business clients.

Administration

Graphic Design and Publishing Firm

October, 1990 – May, 1994 (over 3 years)

Tying up all the loose ends, proofreading and copy-editing, liasing with designers and printers, and helping to get journals published, printed, and shipped.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Daddy's Wicked Parties: The Most Shocking True Story of Child Abuse Ever Told (Skylark Child Abuse True Stories Book 2)

Kate Skylark, Lucy Gilbert

A heart-breaking true story of child abuse, and one little girl’s terrible secret. The second of Kate Skylark's co-written true child abuse stories. Steve Gilbert is a charming, clever man. Lucy is his ten-year-old daughter. Lucy loves him to bits, just as all little girls love their daddies and she is delighted to hear he has organised a special party for her. After all, little girls love par... read more

A heart-breaking true story of child abuse, and one little girl’s terrible secret. The second of Kate Skylark's co-written true child abuse stories. Steve Gilbert is a charming, clever man. Lucy is his ten-year-old daughter. Lucy loves him to bits, just as all little girls love their daddies and she is delighted to hear he has organised a special party for her. After all, little girls love par... read more

Dirty Little Dog: A shocking true story of child abuse (Skylark Child Abuse True Stories Book 1)

Kate Skylark, Sophie Jenkins

A shocking true tale of childhood abuse at the hands of a stranger. Sophie Jenkins is living a happy life in the idyllic Dorset countryside when she meets Martin Brett, the man who will go on to abuse her and haunt her dreams for years to come. A momentary act of neglect leads to a horrible series of events that leaves her changed forever. Badly let down by the adults entrusted to care for her... read more

A shocking true tale of childhood abuse at the hands of a stranger. Sophie Jenkins is living a happy life in the idyllic Dorset countryside when she meets Martin Brett, the man who will go on to abuse her and haunt her dreams for years to come. A momentary act of neglect leads to a horrible series of events that leaves her changed forever. Badly let down by the adults entrusted to care for her... read more

Ugly Child: My Own Terrifying True Story of Child Abuse and the Desperate Fight for Survival (Skylark Child Abuse True Stories Book 3)

Kate Skylark, Siobhan Lennon

A horrific true story of extreme bullying and the sexual abuse of a disabled child. Life was never easy for little Siobhan. Born with cerebral palsy, she already has extra difficulties to contend with. But her disability isn’t her only problem. For Siobhan, life is a nightmare of constant verbal and physical attacks. The verbal and physical abuse soon turns more serious, even violent. And Siob... read more

A horrific true story of extreme bullying and the sexual abuse of a disabled child. Life was never easy for little Siobhan. Born with cerebral palsy, she already has extra difficulties to contend with. But her disability isn’t her only problem. For Siobhan, life is a nightmare of constant verbal and physical attacks. The verbal and physical abuse soon turns more serious, even violent. And Siob... read more

The Prisoner's Tale

Richard Spanswick

A quirky, surreal novel by Richard Spanswick.When you enter the world of Preacher, you embark on a pilgrimage that will not end until the poison is coursing through your veins. But can it ever truly end?Despising the corporeal communality, the prying of the psychiatrist and the cloying affections of the ugliest inmate in the Institution, the prisoner effects his escape. As he heads away from t... read more

A quirky, surreal novel by Richard Spanswick.When you enter the world of Preacher, you embark on a pilgrimage that will not end until the poison is coursing through your veins. But can it ever truly end?Despising the corporeal communality, the prying of the psychiatrist and the cloying affections of the ugliest inmate in the Institution, the prisoner effects his escape. As he heads away from t... read more

Cymbelina and The Cat With No Name

Richard Spanswick

A magical novel for children set in England, by Richard Spanswick.Major Barker's dog, Sapper, is a problem. His endless barking is driving the whole neighborhood crazy. Next door, the Christmas's cat is determined to do something about it. But who will take a cat called Mouse seriously? The only one who can help Mouse become the local hero is Cymbelina, the bewitching but bad-tempered cat at t... read more

A magical novel for children set in England, by Richard Spanswick.Major Barker's dog, Sapper, is a problem. His endless barking is driving the whole neighborhood crazy. Next door, the Christmas's cat is determined to do something about it. But who will take a cat called Mouse seriously? The only one who can help Mouse become the local hero is Cymbelina, the bewitching but bad-tempered cat at t... read more

Deepwater Landing

Richard Spanswick

Dusk on a dark, damp Oregon highway. A lone traveler is fighting the elements and his junkyard Pontiac. In the nearby forest a woman is running for her life. When washed-up British rocker, Steven Fletcher, abandons his dying Pontiac just outside Deepwater Landing, Oregon, he stumbles into a backwoods nightmare from which he can’t seem to wake. A young woman decapitated, a preacher with more th... read more

Dusk on a dark, damp Oregon highway. A lone traveler is fighting the elements and his junkyard Pontiac. In the nearby forest a woman is running for her life. When washed-up British rocker, Steven Fletcher, abandons his dying Pontiac just outside Deepwater Landing, Oregon, he stumbles into a backwoods nightmare from which he can’t seem to wake. A young woman decapitated, a preacher with more th... read more

The Father's Sins

Richard Spanswick

The Father's Sins, a novel of crime and relationships by Richard Spanswick.Malcolm Tennyson commits the perfect white-collar crime, but little does he realize that his own, estranged son will become both his unwitting accomplice and the catalyst for his ultimate demise. From the wintry suburbs of London to the vibrant cities of the Pacific Northwest, this is the story of man and boy running fr... read more

The Father's Sins, a novel of crime and relationships by Richard Spanswick.Malcolm Tennyson commits the perfect white-collar crime, but little does he realize that his own, estranged son will become both his unwitting accomplice and the catalyst for his ultimate demise. From the wintry suburbs of London to the vibrant cities of the Pacific Northwest, this is the story of man and boy running fr... read more

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