Proofreading and copy editing

I offer proofreading and copy editing services. If you are interested in hiring me, please email me at to begin discussions.

I use Word’s Track Changes feature so you can see what was edited, and I can return files in both clean and changes tracked versions if desired. I can also make edits via Google docs if preferred.


I will:

  • Correct spelling
  • Correct grammar
  • Correct punctuation
  • Check consistency, for example regarding British vs American English.

Copy editing

I will:

  • Correct spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Check consistency, for example regarding British vs American English
  • Identify potentially confusing phrasing and suggest alternatives
  • Suggest improvements to sentence structure to improve flow, clarity and impact.

Qualifications and areas of expertise

My qualifications and experience for proofreading are as follows:

  • A-level English Literature, 2006
  • BA Ancient History and Archaeology, 2:1, 2010, University of Leicester
  • MA Classical Civilisation, Merit, 2012, University of Leicester
  • Proposals Co-ordinator, Carillion Plc, January 2012 – May 2015. This role included writing, adapting, editing and proofreading technical responses to Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs) and Invitations to Tender (ITTs)
  • Freelance proofreader and copy editor, July 2015 – present.

I have specific expertise in the following areas:

  • Archaeology and Ancient History – I spent four years at university studying archaeology and ancient history and as such am familiar with the relevant technical terms and academic tone. During this time I proofread classmates’ essays and dissertations.
  • Construction Engineering – As a Proposals Co-ordinator at Carillion, my role included proofreading and copy editing responses written by technical experts. On occasion edits were quite extensive, including adapting notes into appropriately formatted and structured paragraphs.
  • Fiction – I am an experienced reader, reviewer and writer of fiction, in particular fantasy. Most recently I copy-edited A Star-Reckoner’s Lot by Darrell Drake, a 105,000 word fantasy novel set in Sassanian Iran.

Try before you buy

Committing to get a big project like a novel or paper proofread is a big expense, so I offer free samples. I will proofread your text up to 2,000 words for free, schedule permitting. Just email me at to make an enquiry.


“Alice’s expertise in ancient history brought a welcome perspective to her role as an editor, and my novel is decidedly better for having her keen eye and critical mind.”

– Darrell Drake, author of upcoming novel A Star-Reckoner’s Lot, which I proofread.

“The revisions were high quality and [Alice was] very easy to communicate with. Overall excellent work performed in a very timely manner.”

– Wardon Ojedapo, for whom I proofread applications for academic courses.

“I am extremely pleased with the services provided by Alice, I received a timely and thorough proofread of my MSc with detailed comments on the structure and grammar of my dissertation research.”

– Joseph Carvell, NHS therapy manager, for whom I proofread a medical dissertation about a treatment for diabetes.

“Very fast and cost effective. A recommendable editor/proofreader. Will rehire when I have other documents of similar nature.”

– Desklf, client via Upwork (formerly Elance), for whom I proofread three documents which had been translated from Korean.

My full Upwork/Elance job history and feedback can be found here.


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