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Qualifications, training and experience

As an Intermediate Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), I follow its Code of Practice (CoP).

Training and CPD

Core skills

April 2022 – Comprehensive guide to copy-editing (Publishing Training Centre [PTC])

April 2022 – Introduction to proofreading (PTC)

May 2018 – Proofreading and copy-editing (The Writers Bureau)

May 2017 – Proofreading 1: introduction (CIEP)

Editorial skills

November 2023 – Editor​’s guide to editing fiction (PTC)

July 2023 – Switching to fiction (Louise Harnby training for editors)

June 2023 – Essential copyright for publishers (PTC)

April 2023 – Introduction to marketing (PTC)

March 2023 – Introduction to publishing (PTC)

February 2023 – Proofreading PDFs (PTC)

January 2023 – Editor​’s guide to editing illustrations (PTC)

December 2022 – Editor’s guide to editing references (PTC)

October 2022 – Editor’s guide to author queries (PTC)

September 2022 – Copy-editor’s guide to working with authors (PTC)

September 2022 – Editor’s guide to editorial style (PTC)

January 2021 – Manuscript evaluation (Editors Canada – webinar)

March 2020 – Editing fiction (PTC)

November 2018 – Proofreading theses and dissertations (CIEP)


June 2007 – BSc (Hons) Interior Design


My fiction editing experience includes YA, fantasy, sci-fi, romance and women’s fiction. I have beta reading experience in YA, MG, fantasy, romance, thriller, action-adventure and women’s fiction. I am happy to work on other genres, but I’m more familiar with the above.


My non-fiction editing experience includes PhD (and EdD) theses, research papers, a personal development book, rules for a game, and the storyboards for a game app. When it comes to proofreading academic or business texts, I specialise in architecture and design-related disciplines, but I’m also comfortable with humanities and social sciences.


I edit in Microsoft Word using Track Changes and Comments. I also use the Adobe commenting tools on PDF. I have proofread and edited in UK and US English, and I’ve worked with dyslexic people and people whose first language is not English.


Before retraining as a proofreader and editor, I worked in the architectural design industry for twelve years, demonstrating my ability to follow a client brief, plan ahead, time manage and meet often conflicting deadlines.


​I have a particular interest in the following genres and subjects.

  • fiction – romance, fantasy, sci-fi, thriller and action-adventure

  • art, architecture and design

  • multiple sclerosis

  • hearing loss

  • meditation

  • Pilates

  • yoga

Even if your genre or subject isn't listed above, feel free to contact me with the details of your project.

Provided me with a professional and prompt service ...

“Victoria has provided me with a professional and prompt service at a time when I needed it most. Her work was thorough and clear [...] It was invaluable to have a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ from outside the field go through my work [...] Using Victoria’s services was reassuring and saved me some time at very stressful time in my studies. I would thoroughly recommend Victoria if you want to ensure your work is of the highest possible standard.

–Nicola Smith, DClinSci student

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