Freelance editorial services and document writing consultancy by Lisa Robertson
Why choose me?
A bit about me
In a world full of proofreaders, editors and writers, why am I the best person to work on your text?
Below, you can read a bit more about my qualifications and experience. Throughout this site, I hope you can also get a flavour of my personality, my writing style, and how I approach my work. All this is just as important as having the certificates.
Of course, I hope it all leads you to choose me! But if I'm not quite the right match for what you need, I might know someone who is, so please do still get in touch.
Trained by organisations expecting the highest editorial standards I completed the Publishing Training Centre's Basic proofreading course in September 2017, and was awarded an overall grade of Merit. This is the industry-standard professional qualification in proofreading, recognised by the Publishing Qualifications Board. Since 2015, I have also undertaken training with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (Introduction to proofreading, Brush up your grammar, Introduction to copy-editing, Editing with Word and Web editing) and Plain English Campaign (Plain English reports, Plain English design, and Plain English writing for websites).
Over 14 years writing various documents for a local authority children's services department Before setting up Editwrite in 2015, I worked for a local authority for over 14 years in various children's services planning, performance and commissioning roles. I wrote a wide range of documents during that time (including policy, research and guidance documents, business plans, performance reports, and newsletters) for a wide variety of audiences (including the public, councillors, children and young people, and Ofsted inspectors). I have a broad knowledge base across children's services, having worked in social care, education and early years. I was a local authority commissioner for 18 months, working with service specifications, business cases and tender documentation, and devised performance frameworks for monitoring the effectiveness of services. I was part of the evaluation team for a major early years tender, giving me the perfect insight to be able to help organisations with writing effective bids and grant applications.
To postgraduate level My honours degree is in Psychology and Education (2:1, University of Warwick, 2000). I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies with Distinction through Coventry University in 2006.
Intermediate Member of the UK's recognised body for editorial professionals I am an Intermediate Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders – the UK's recognised body for editorial professionals. To qualify as an Intermediate Member, my training and experience in the core skills of proofreading and copy-editing were assessed and approved by an independent panel, using the Society's professional criteria. I adhere to their Code of practice and have access to a wealth of professional training, resources, advice and support, not least through regular attendance at my local networking group.
'Reliable, professional and insightful' Clients and colleagues have given positive feedback on my services and have recommended me to others. You will find testimonials on My Services page and on my LinkedIn page.
Friendly, flexible and keeping busy outside of work I work flexibly around my children's school hours and activities, so I can get the job done when you need me to while still spending lots of time with my family. I am on the committee of the school's parent–teacher association, having held the positions of chair and secretary in recent years, as well as taking the lead on communications. I help out at school when work and other commitments allow. I enjoy the direct work with children, which gives a perfect balance to the work I do. And when I'm not buried in my laptop or doing 'mum things', you'll find me out on a run.