I’m Sarah, and I provide writing, editing and proofreading services to charities and Christian publishers. I live in rural Hampshire with my husband, two teenage children, and seven chickens. I also have a tiiiiny bit of an obsession with the TV show Sherlock, hence my profile picture and the liberal sprinkling of Sherlock gifs across this site.
I have a BA degree in linguistics and English language, anMA in language studies, and industry-approved training in copywriting, editing and proofreading. I’m a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) and the Editorial Freelancers Association (EfA), and continue to update my knowledge and skills with ongoing training. The courses I’ve completed include:
- Copy-Editing Skills, Publishing Training Centre
- Proofreading for Editors, Publishing Training Centre
- Digital Proofreading, Publishing Training Centre
- Grappling with Grammar, Publishing Training Centre
- Complete Exciting Treatments, Euroscript
- Making a Drama out of a Crisis, Euroscript
- Digital Storytelling, BBC Academy/University of Birmingham
- Digital Photography, Open University
I started my editorial career working in-house as an editorial assistant (later copy editor) for Christian charity and publisher Scripture Union, working on Bible reading guides Daily Bread, Closer to God, Encounter with God, and the Lifebuilders series. I then moved to Hodder & Stoughton’s religious division (now Hodder Faith) as assistant editor, where I oversaw a range of titles through the production process, including biographies, memoirs, self-help and most memorably, the TNIV Bible. Following that, I worked in The Salvation Army’s publishing department as deputy editorof their weekly children’s comic, Kids Alive!, writing features, arranging competitions, briefing designers, and generally thriving on the tight turnarounds and the pressure of deadline day.
I’ve been freelance since 2006, and have worked for these organisations and many others, including World Vision UK, The National Maritime Museum, the Woodland Trust, Care for the Family, Quakers in Britain, SAGE publishing, Lion Hudson, Preach magazine and numerous independent authors. I genuinely love my job and after more than 20 years still get excited about the new things I learn from each project.