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 through training, attending the Manchester SfEP local group and going to the SfEP annual conference.

The logo of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading

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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