These people are all known to me and recommended by me for various services.
Writers, especially fiction writers, should all look at the great advice on both writing and marketing on Joanna Penn’s website. Click here to visit The Creative Penn. (note, I receive an affiliate fee for any book you buy using this link)
Recommended proofreaders, editors and transcribers
These people are personally known to me – and I work with the last company. I can’t guarantee their rates or standards and you enter into any agreement at your own risk, of course:
Laura Ripper – Very experienced with non-native speakers including Chinese students and qualified in Plain English. Offers English writing coaching. Also offers transcription.
Charlotte Baker – Experienced working with students and offers student coaching. Also offers transcription.
Jane Badger – Very experienced proofreader.
Linda Bates – Experienced with student work and fiction
Catherine Fitzsimons – Fiction services including manuscript reports
Katharine d’Souza – Fiction services including manuscript reports
David Powning – Fiction services
Nick Turner – University tutor. Offers English writing coaching.
Enid Rosenthiel – based in the US and works in US and UK English
Student Proofreading – ethical and trustworthy company, with statements on plagiarism in their FAQs.
Mel Carlisle – works with charities, offering copywriting, editing, newsletter production, etc.
Amelia Wilson – localisation and non-native English
Other recommended freelancers / companies
Sam Wall Design & Illustration – book covers, logos, bookmarks, business cards…
Alison Thompson at The Proof Fairy – self-publishing packages, blog writing, proofreading and editing services
Thinking of self-publishing your book? Talk to YouCaxton who offer Print-on-Demand services; better value than printing thousands of copies (do tell them I sent you as I will then get a recommender’s fee!)
Painting and decorating in Birmingham and the Black Country – contact Terry Edgington. I would not have anyone else paint anything in my house!
Want to hold a meeting, event or reception at a stunning venue in leafy Edgbaston? Have a look at what Venue Birmingham have to offer.
Pro Photography take great portraits as well as advertising images and deliver all the other photographic services you’d expect, to a very high standard.
If you’re looking for German to English translation, especially of technical documents, I recommend Sian Edwards.
Need a Virtual Assistant to parachute into your office and sort out your admin needs? I recommend Bernadette Jones at first4admin
Silicon Bullet – great personalised IT consultancy and business systems support including SAGE products
For websites and other online design, I can recommend Nathan Littleton at Future Visions
Recognition Express – branded promotional goods and design
LUCIA – the charity I support with my running sponsorship – I also help with their admin. LUCIA support women and girls in Ethiopia.
Great resource list for entrepreneurs from Jan Moran
Contact me if you’d like to know about proofreading in languages other than English.