I'm a publishing professional who provides bespoke copyediting, proofreading and blurb writing services.
I have worked with commercial fiction, general audience non-fiction, monographs, textbooks, and a wellness app!
Although I have a solid background in the visual arts, I am adaptable and keen to work across various genres, subjects and formats.
'Exactly what I wanted . . . a thorough job.' - Claire Watts, Oldcastle Books
'Maddy was very thorough in her proofread and very respectful and professional in her queries to the author. Both the author and I were very happy with the job she did.' – Alice Rodgers, Simon & Schuster
'Maddy provided a sensitive and thoughtful job . . . I couldn't have hoped for better.'
- Jamie McGarry, Valley Press
FILM, TV & THEATRE
ART & ART HISTORY
In 2013, I began my publishing career with a job at Palgrave Macmillan and later continued developing a toolbox of editorial skills at I.B. Tauris. Now, I’m providing my services on a freelance basis, though you can find my love of books and language amongst my earliest memories…
At the start of pre-school nursery, I took pride in having perfected the spelling of my then unwieldy French given name … Jump ahead to my teenage years, where gluttonous movie consumption and family art gallery trips led me to think about visual language too, and aided four years of studying film, theatre and a spattering of art history.
I’m sure everyone who has studied the visual arts is nostalgic for their essay-writing days. For me I’ll remember the luxury of time and institutional support to consider the phenomenology of cinema vs that of literature, space in the avant-garde theatre of Forced Entertainment, writing about German expressionism, Dada… it goes on.
After my Masters, I started my work in editorial departments. In Palgrave Macmillan’s higher education division – politics and international relations textbooks – I honed my skills in proofreading, writing copy, crafting
publications for specific purposes and markets.
At the gloriously idiosyncratic I.B. Tauris publishers, I commissioned books on film and television studies, as well as project managing an art series on drawing. Here I looked closer at the nuances of writing and began copyediting manuscripts to adhere not just to house style, but to clarify ideas, structure an argument, maintain accurate grammar and keep the reader engaged with concise language that would best showcase original and complex research.
I decided to travel. There was no need to worry about making the break, as quickly I could see how my experiences in south/south-east Africa and east Asia would benefit my future engagement with text. Whilst indulging in the sensory pleasures of travel, I also learnt about British colonisation, religious and spiritual beliefs, local and regional art, censorship, national traumas like genocide, and the grave impact of global warming. This on-the-ground understanding of global issues and other cultures has left me confident in fact-checking text but also sensitive to differences between peoples – their writing, their voices.
When abroad in Italy, I trained in teaching English as a second language. My CELTA certificate further enhanced my detailed knowledge of English linguistic systems.
Now, as a freelancer offering my editorial services in proofreading, copyediting and copywriting, I apply this lifetime of skills to my projects.
SERVICES & RATES
£14 per hour
£24 per hour
£16.50 per hour
I can work on Word using tracked changes, on PDF using comments or on hard copy.
£18.50 per hour
(This amounts to re-writing substantial sections)
WANT A SAMPLE?
If you'd like to see a sample, I'm always happy to proofread or copyedit a page of text before officially agreeing to work together.
PHONE & EMAIL
+44(0)7725 122 350
39 Edmunds Walk
East Finchley, London