Stephen Cashmore

South Ayrshire, Scotland


01292 290912

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  • Copy-editing
  • Editing
  • Fact-checking
  • On-screen Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Reference Editing
  • Rewriting text for non-native speakers
  • Web Page Checking
  • Writing


  • Negotiable, usually £15-25, depending on the job. A sample of your work and estimated total word count would help to generate a realistic quote.


I will edit or proofread for all or any of the following:

  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Spelling and capitalisation
  • Ambiguity and inconsistencies
  • Awkward phrases or sentences
  • Adherence to house style
  • Layout and formatting
  • References, footnotes, page headers etc.

I work on most documents, for example reports, articles, theses or dissertations, stories, magazines and books. I am willing to work on most non-fiction and any fiction.

I can provide a critique report for fiction which covers aspects such as writing style, plot, pace, characterisation and setting.


My recent work has included:

  • copy-editing the website content of a major international consultancy
  • copy-editing course material on Health and Safety
  • editing and reviewing two very different novels
  • editing two dissertations (both on aspects of education)
  • proofreading an academic book dealing with probability and information theory.


I have a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics, and I am a qualified accountant (CIPFA) and teacher. I have worked as an auditor in both central and local government for many years, and I have passed Publishing Training Centre's Basic Proofreading course (merit), the Society for Editors and Proofreaders' (SfEP) Proofreading Problems course and the SfEP Mentoring Scheme. I am a full member of SfEP. My full cv is on my website.


I am used to working to tight deadlines within budget. After you contact me with a proposal, large or small, I'll ask for:

  • a representative 1,000 words;
  • a detailed brief setting out exactly what you expect me to do, and how quickly: and
  • an estimate of the total word count.

I will work on the sample to see how long it takes, do the arithmetic, and get back to you with a quote, setting out clearly the time I expect to take on various aspects of the job. I'll also send back the edited/proofread 1,000 words so you know what to expect. I aim to respond to all queries or messages within twenty-four hours.


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