I was a university lecturer and an English teacher for 10 years; I'm now a freelance writer and editor. I have a Master's in English and Linguistics & have worked as a proofreader and editor for several online publications, as well as a private editor for novels, academic publications & corporate documents for a range of companies & individuals around the world.
I possess an unrivalled knowledge of English grammar, spelling & punctuation, but also a strong focus on style, register, tone, structure & readability. My educational background provides me with the linguistic skills, while my vast experience of editing & producing my own published written work back these up, ensuring I offer an exceptional service throughout.
Whether it's academic advice, content, curricula, editing & proofreading, or help with your novel that you require, I can help you perfect your language & make your project really stand out. Get in touch to request samples, or for a free consultation/quote.
Simon was professional, delivered what he promised within the agreed time frame, and his edits were thorough and honest in a way that I can feel a significant improvement. He replied fast and to the point, was flexible about working in the way that I preferred (in Google docs instead of Words) and was kind to answer any question I had. I highly recommend working with Simon if you need an editor!
Simon did a great job formatting my manuscript on MS Word. The communication was always easy, and so was the review process until having the job perfectly done. Simon is kind and answers quickly. As a novel author, I learned that for kindle publishing and print; it is possible to upload an MS Word document directly on KDP, but if your manuscript includes graphics and diagrams like mine, it is highly recommendable to do the formatting in two stages: First, get your manuscript perfectly formatted on MS Word, then use special layout software like Vellum to make it look great on paper and as an ebook.
Writer, editor, educational consultant - I decided to do this full time as a business, instead of part time alongside my work as a teacher / lecturer, in 2017.
Since 2017, I have provided website content for several hundred businesses, been published as a journalist on multiple sites, provided course content and full curricula for educational establishments (public and private) in four countries, edited and prepared 30 novels for publication and provided voice overs for several organizations.
Head of English
Leeds International Study Centre (Leeds University and Leeds Beckett University)
Aug 2016 - Jul 2017 (11 months, 1 day)
Curriculum design, management, university partnership, working with students on academic submissions and exams, developing academic skills (especially writing and speaking), proofreading and editing, CVs, cover letters and personal statements
Director of Studies
Mar 2014 - Aug 2016 (2 years, 5 months)
Management, hiring and development / CPD of all teaching staff.
Curriculum design, management and development of the academic programme.
QA / QC of classes, resources and courses, responsible for academic performance in inspections.
Summer school (young learners) management, recruitment and course design
DELTA (Master's in English Language Teaching / Education)
Institute for System Level Integration, United Kingdom 2012
(Less than a year)
English Literature and Language
University of Leeds, United Kingdom 2001 - 2004
A masters (level 7 UK) qualification in teaching practice, language teaching and pedagogical theories and academic course design, aimed at academic writing for non-native English speakers.
Demand High - a DELTA experimental practice
Demand High Wordpress - Jim Scrivener
A research-based assignment on increasing demand in language classrooms
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