Elizabeth Ward

Elizabeth Ward – Editor

I am a freelance editor with over fourteen years experience. My skills include proof reading, structural editing and copy editing.


I am a freelance editor with over fourteen years experience in publishing. My skills include proof reading, structural editing and copy editing, over a range of genres including fiction, historical and academic works.

As a structural editor, I give guidance in an effective yet sensitive way. I have had lots of experience with authors over a range of genres and I know how difficult it can be to step back from your work and edit it efficiently - so that's what I am here for. With regards to copy editing and proof reading, I have an exceptional eye for detail and can guarantee that the finished manuscript will be error-free, not just in terms of grammar and punctuation errors that can easily slip through, but facts and plot consistency too. I have received extremely positive feedback on the various documents I have edited over the years - I understand how personal writing can be, and I can guide authors through the editing process very smoothly. I also have a background in teaching English as a foreign language, which means I not only have an excellent grasp of grammar, but I can edit text as necessary so it is fluent and coherent but without losing the author's 'voice', which is particularly important when editing a manuscript from a writer who isn't a native speaker .

I very much enjoy editing fiction, but I always try and work on as many different genres as I can. Some of the titles I have worked on over the years include thrillers and crime-based novels by authors such as Andy Maslen and Mark Edwards, 'The Wickwire Watch', an award-winning YA fantasy/drama, many picture books and stories for children including 'The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse', and most recently 'On His Majesty's Secret Service', a new James Bond novel by Charlie Higson. I was awarded an MA in English Literature in 2018, and I really enjoy editing historical fiction and non-fiction as well.

I also offer sensitivity reading, please ask for further details!
Biographies & Memoirs
Fantasy Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Picture Books Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
English (UK) English (US)
  • MA English Literature

Work experience


Jul, 2013 — Present

• Structural editing, copyediting and proofreading of fiction and non-fiction books from various companies including Hodder, Whitefox, Simon and Schuster and Ian Fleming Publishing. Titles include ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’, ‘On His Majesty's Secret Service’ and ‘The Drowned Woods’.
• Writing content for a variety of genres including children’s activity books for Nickelodeon and magazine copy for Experience Travel Group.


Apr, 2009 — Apr, 2011 (about 2 years)

• Concept, writing and project management of approx. 80 titles per year including activity, game and story books for ages 0-teen. Titles included ‘Winnie the Pooh Recipe Book, ‘Cars Activity Book’ and ‘Monster High Summer Annual’.
• Responsible for all MTR (material to repo) sign-off across the Disney team.
• Sourced and approved all artwork for list of titles.
• Managed all communication with the licensor (Disney) to ensure timely approval for each title.
• Responsible for structural editing, proofreading, ozalid and running-sheet checks
• Managed the editorial schedule to ensure material went to production on time.
• Mentored the Editorial Assistant including training, supervision and regular feedback.

Robert Hale, Ltd.

Nov, 2007 — Apr, 2009 (over 1 year)

• Project managed all new titles from manuscript to bound copy.
• Responsible for checking and integrating illustrations for all books.
• Managed copyediting, proofreading and author queries throughout the editorial process, including coordinating freelance copyeditors, proofreaders and indexers.
• Managed structural editing where necessary and handled reprints for the department
• Created and updated all cover briefs and copy, ATI’s and catalogue copy.

Hodder and Stoughton

Apr, 2007 — Nov, 2007 (7 months)

• Project managed approx. 8 new titles a year from manuscript to bound copies, including biography, cookery, illustrated gift and theology titles.
• Responsible for sourcing and employing copy editors and proofreaders, checking their work and providing feedback.
• Proofread approx. 6 titles a year in house.
• Wrote and edited all cover, ATI and catalogue copy for our Gift and Inspirational list.
• Responsible for writing and commissioning cover briefs, which included researching current books in the market as well as picture research.


The Retreat

Edwards, M.

Here To Stay

Edwards, M.

Kosovo, 1999. In the shadow of an impending NATO bombing campaign, James Palatine of the Army Intelligence Corps has joined an elite unit of the SAS for his first mission behind enemy lines.A woman’s desperate cry for help draws them to a remote farmhouse, whe... read more
The body of a young City lawyer is discovered on an East London building site, assaulted and brutally murdered. Initial enquiries lead DI Simon Fenchurch to a driver employed by Travis, a controversial new app-based cab company. Within days another woman—a Tra... read more
The Great Fire has reduced London to smouldering embers. From the ashes, thief taker Charlie Tuesday is drawn to investigate a string of strange murders. Mutilated corpses are washing up at Deptford, each marked with a dire astrological prediction. But only Lo... read more
Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they’ve just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life.But it is not long before Lad... read more
In this honest, daring, and compulsively readable memoir, Reva Mann paints a portrait of herself as a young woman on the edge—of either revelation or self-destruction. The daughter of a highly respected London rabbi, Reva was a wild child, spiralling into a wh... read more
Rose Mathieson knows the only way is up. It has to be. She’s made some mistakes in her life, but almost losing her son is a wake-up call. More than that: it’s a call to action. It’s time to start again.The town of Redemption, Connecticut, seems to offer exactl... read more
1081. William's bloody conquest is over and Britain is under Norman rule. But one bastion of resistance remains: Wales. A divided land where brother fights brother and kings battle for power. The English use this to further their own ends, and while one king i... read more
Love your country? Want to make it truly great? Tired of loud debates and complex arguments which le....
Girl 99

Andy J.

When Tom’s girlfriend walks out on him the day before Christmas, he feels humiliated but not necessarily heartbroken. Sadie wasn’t, after all, The One. If we’re being precise, she was number eighty-five.And so, for reasons that are only mostly wrong, Tom embar... read more
Meghan Smith has always been a protective mother. Her baby son, Harry, has a life-threatening condition and is never far from her sight. But on the evening of her wedding anniversary, as she and her husband celebrate in the garden with friends, Harry disappear... read more
Zoe knows that it wasn t really her fault. Of course it wasn t. But if she d just grasped harder,....
When the body of a man is discovered in woodlands outside Manchester, a ten-year missing-persons investigation can finally be filed away. But this was no ordinary death: gagged, bound and buried alive, he was the victim of a sophisticated and sadistic killer. ... read more
A powerful sorcerer. A forgotten past. Hellequin is back, and the end is near.A terrible storm is brewing in London, and Nathan Garrett, the sorcerer known as Hellequin, is the only one who can stop it.But his enemies have other plans. Harnessing the power of ... read more
Sam is seventeen, starving herself and longing for oblivion. Her sister, Jena, is mentally scarre....
When a desperate king threatens Dion and everything he loves, only dangerous magic can keep him safe.Dion, now king of Xanthos, is finally in command of the naval fleet he’s always dreamed of. But his hopes for peace are jeopardized when King Palemon, in dire ... read more

Elizabeth has 77 reviews





Jenna K.

Jenna K.

May, 2023

Elizabeth Ward is a top-shelf proof-reader, and her work is outstanding and extremely thorough.


Mar, 2023

Liz went above and beyond! Excellent notes, ideas and input, in a timeframe that put me ahead of schedule!
Elizabeth W.
Thanks very much EW, I am very happy you are pleased!
Ross P.

Ross P.

Mar, 2023

Amazing work! Excellent communication skills, I really enjoyed collaborating with Liz. The comments she made are insightful and helpful. This was my first novel. I am so glad she took up the challenge. If she agreed, I will definitely ask for her editing skills in the future.
Elizabeth W.
Thanks very much Ross, I'm so glad you were pleased! Looking forward to working together again in the future.
Carol C.

Carol C.

Feb, 2023

It's such a wonderful feeling when you realize you have found someone to work with that understands the story you are trying to tell. Encouraging, clear and concise, all of my correspondence with Liz has risen above my expectations. I will engage her services for all of my future writing projects.
Elizabeth W.
Thanks so much Carol, it was great working with you and I'm so happy you were pleased. I look forward to working with you again!
Heather C.

Heather C.

Jan, 2023

What a joy to work with Liz! She was exceptionally professional, communicating at every step in the process and honoring the time frames we had established. I used her for a copy edit, and her edits and feedback exceeded my expectations. She made the expected corrections, but also provided feedback about word choice and other small inconsistencies she noticed in my manuscript. Based on this exp...
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Elizabeth W.
Thanks very much Heather, I am so glad you were pleased and I look forward to working together in the future!