About me

I love working with words (and the people who write them!) to create high-quality documents that give an excellent impression of their author. I aim to make sure your text is well written, clear and appropriate for your readers. I’m based in the Peak District in England, but I work with people and organisations across the UK and in other countries.

I have over 15 years of experience, and I’ve worked with companies, charities, public-sector organisations, students, marketing and translation agencies and freelance writers.

Materials I can help with

I edit and proofread a wide variety of non-fiction documents – anything that can be improved with the help of an editorial eye. For example:

  • Company reports
  • CVs
  • Guidance notes
  • Instructions
  • Journal articles
  • Marketing materials
  • Public information
  • School reports
  • PhD theses and dissertations
  • Translated documents
  • Website copy

Skills

  • Copy-editing
  • Proofreading
  • Plain-English editing
  • Editing non-native English

Experience

I’ve worked as a copy-editor and proofreader since 2004, with specific experience in plain English, academic documents and marketing communications in the not-for-profit sector. I’ve proofread academic documents for students and lecturers at UK universities and I’ve written and copy-edited website text, newsletters and marketing materials. I’ve also taught English as a foreign language in Russia and China.

Helping to train others

I have co-written the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) online course Plain English for Editors, and I am a tutor on the course. Alongside my colleagues Luke Finley and Sarah Carr, I am an author of the CIEP guide Editing into Plain English.

Professionalism

I am an Advanced Professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) in the UK and I′m listed in their Directory of Editorial Services. I keep my skills up to date by doing training, attending the CIEP annual conference and going to my local CIEP group.

I have also contributed pieces to the CIEP blog and written a CIEP factsheet ‘What will happen to my editorial business if I die?’

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Qualifications

I have a degree in English from the University of Exeter, a Professional Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults from International House London.

 

 

A photo of Laura Ripper
My desk and office
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