Shire Proofreading

Putting proofs through their paces

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Get to know me


My name is Louise and I am a professional proofreader living in Yorkshire. It’s lovely to meet you and I hope you will continue reading to discover how I can use my proofreading skills and training to help you. I aim to put your proofs through their paces to produce a piece that is a pleasure for your audience to read.

I began my love affair with the written word before I stepped through the gates of my primary school. My mother taught me to read as soon as I began to talk. Little did she know that she had made a rod for her own back. I devoured age-appropriate reading material as quickly as she could supply it. Visits to the library became mandatory on every shopping trip, normally four times a week. Those visits to the children’s corner formed the groundwork for a lifelong love of literature.

You will notice the owl at the top of all my pages. This little silver owl is a paperweight that belonged to my mother. It was among her most treasured possessions and represents the love of reading that she instilled in me.

My proofreading business is called Shire to acknowledge both my home in Yorkshire and my favourite childhood book, The Hobbit, a book that forged my love of literature.

Since 2018 I have been the editor of my local parish magazine, North Duffield and Skipwith Round Up. The diverse challenges of producing a community magazine are enjoyable and enriching.

I have a BA(Hons) degree in European Studies in Finance and Accounting, and I hold an MBA postgrudate masters degree. A year studying in Germany for my BA degree enabled me to become a Diplom-Betriebswirtin; this is the German equivalent of a BA degree in business studies. I qualified as a teacher by passing my PGCE.

In my spare time, I enjoy counted-thread embroidery and jigsaw puzzles; these are also activities that require a good eye and close attention to detail. I am very familiar with written material on counted-thread embroidery; proofreading this genre is my speciality. Visit my blog for details of my past and current stitching projects.

My credentials


I am an intermediate member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), with whom I undertook training to consolidate and expand my proofreading skills. Most recently, I took and passed the CIEP’s suite of proofreading courses. This comprised three demanding and progressively challenging courses; the final two courses were assessed and I passed with merit. I have also undertaken targeted instruction with the CIEP in spelling, grammar and punctuation.

But proofreading training doesn’t stop there. I am fully committed to continuing professional development in proofreading skills to ensure that I continue to offer clients the best service possible and remain informed of developments in our ever-changing language.

I am a member of York Editors, a local professional group providing editing, proofreading and other publishing services to businesses, non-profit organisations and individuals.

My background is in administration in the tertiary education sector. Therefore, I am very familiar with rigorous requirements ensuring that a piece of writing is polished in terms of spelling, grammar and punctuation. I have worked on student essays and dissertations, including those written by students whose first language is not English. Please contact me if you need a proofreading service for your academic work.

My knowledge and experience of counted-thread embroidery techniques allow me to proofread that genre with skill and genuine enthusiasm. Proofreading marketing material is another of my specialist areas.

I work hard to establish consistency in style and presentation when proofreading work. I strive to balance the author’s voice sensitively with clarity of meaning. Your finished piece retains as much as possible of your original text.

Let me apply the proofreading skills I acquired through training and experience to show you what a difference professional proofreading will make to your finished piece. See my services page for more information.

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