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About Me

Hi, I’m Hollie 👋

Are you looking for an experienced editor to help review and perfect your content? Or perhaps you’re looking for help with a manuscript. With 5+ years of experience in writing, editing and proofreading, I’m your freelancer. Get in touch to learn how I can help you get the results you want from your writing.

How I became a freelance editor

In 2019, I left my direct marketing role to travel, an adventure that inspired me to channel my professional skills and passion for words into my own business.

Not only did the pandemic put a premature end to my travels, but it also made me take stock and think about what I wanted from life. I had assumed that I’d go back to the UK and find another direct marketing role. But that wasn’t to be the case.

I took some courses in proofreading to brush up on my skills, as well as a grammar course to solidify my knowledge. I started connecting with wonderful clients from all over the world, and the rest is history!

It all began with books and a dabble in direct marketing

People often say that to be a good writer and editor, you need to read. I think that’s true. I’ve always been an avid reader, so I guess something just clicked from an early age. I devoured books in my childhood – Harry Potter and His Dark Materials were firm favourites. Nowadays, fantasy continues to be my favourite genre ahead of historical fiction.

I studied English literature at the University of Southampton, and when I graduated, I took two wonderful jobs in the charity sector. The second was in a direct marketing team where I channelled my love of words into the development of high-performing fundraising campaigns.

A significant aspect of my role was writing, and I had to edit and proofread both my own writing and that of agency copywriters. Attention to detail was critical, and perfection was expected. This experience, along with some dedicated grammar training, gave me the technical and practical knowledge to be able to offer freelance editorial services.

Qualifications

  • A-Level English Literature
  • BA English and Spanish (University of Southampton)
  • The Publishing Training Centre: Essential Grammar
  • Doris and Bertie’s Writing School: Proofread Like a Pro

Skills & tools

  • Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Adobe
  • Slack, Asana, Airtable
  • Tracked changes/comments
  • Line editing
  • Copyediting
  • Proofreading (including text or content in its final layout, with tables, illustrations, footnotes, etc.)
  • New Harts Rules: The Oxford Style Guide
  • Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition
  • Bespoke style guide creation

Recent projects

Reviewing and improving the quality of an AI-written business manuscript

Editing and proofreading SEO articles for a digital healthcare company

Editing and proofreading a children’s fictional story manuscript

Carrying out the final proofread for a PDF annual report for one of the UK’s largest supermarket brands

Editing and proofreading an ebook manuscript in the ecommerce niche

Ad hoc editing and proofreading for one of Europe’s fastest-growing software companies