Professional Editor

Focus & Skills:

  • Proofreading
  • Copy-editing
  • Line Editing
  • Content Editing 

Experience: 4 years 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Academic Papers

  • Articles

  • Blogs

  • Books

  • Magazines

  • Anything in print basically!

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Overview And Experience

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  • MBS (Create – Innovate – Inspire)

Experience: 4-Years


I am a native English speaker, proficient in both US and UK English. I love what I do, and I thrive on the variety provided by freelancing.

As a former English teacher, I enjoy language and literature and have done freelance editing and proofreading for four years. Three of those years were with Grammarly, which gave me experience in working with a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. Many of the documents were written by non-native speakers, so I had a lot of practice in rephrasing sentences to improve their clarity and make them flow more naturally.

My proofreading and editing experience includes the following categories:

  • Academic theses
  • Journal articles
  • Research proposals
  • Reports for organizations
  • Case studies
  • Business proposals
  • Non-fiction: books on business, finance, and management, memoirs, and autobiographical works.
  • Fiction: short stories, romance novels, science fiction, thrillers, and young adult fiction.
  • Magazines
  • Websites
  • Blogs

I am sensitive to the purpose and personality of the writer and edit with a light hand wherever possible. I am meticulous in my work, focusing on appropriate word choice, correct grammar, and consistent style and format. I always double-check my work, first a read-through for fluency and precision, and then a scan through Grammarly to find the little errors the human eye can overlook.

Whatever your manuscript – a smidgeon of web copy or a weighty tome – I will help you to produce writing of a high standard: clear, fluent, and grammatically correct.

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Expertise & Focus

Line Editing
Content Editing (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

Niches & Genres:

* Academic theses, journal articles, and research proposals
* Reports for organizations, case studies, and business proposals
* Non-fiction: books on business, finance, and management, memoirs, and autobiographical works
*Fiction: short stories, romance novels, science fiction, thrillers, and young adult fiction
*Magazines, websites, and blogs

Industry Experience
& client Testimonials

Celia has worked with clients professionally for 4-years. 

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Celia's Reviews

Client Testimonials

Proofreader needed for 350 page (95000 word) fantasy novel
All the King’s Traitors
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"Celia went above and beyond, working with her has been a pleasure!"

- Dec 2019 -
Independent publisher seeking experienced editor for fictional suspense/thriller manuscript
Rose’s Ghost
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"Celia is a consummate professional; altogether pleasant to work with, very open to discussion and flexible. The quality of her work is excellent; she's helped streamline my book significantly (lost over 3,000 words!), while managing to maintain my voice throughout. She often included comments with her changes, making suggestions or explaining her recommendations. And in the end, she's finished over two weeks ahead of schedule! Awesome work; thank you, Celia!”

- Sep to Oct 2019 -
Editor for a Series of Short Stories
Words and Brushes
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"I had a flawless experience will Celia. She is a very talented editor. She was responsive, thorough, and highly professional. I can't say enough about her. I hit the jackpot. She edited 50 short stories for me and made the daunting process easy and fun. I will definitely use her again!”

- Jan to Jul 2019 -
Editing and type setting
Nadeem’s Journey
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"I really enjoyed working with Celia. She was very empathetic and listened to what I wanted to be done. I also liked the suggestions she made; a pleasure to work with.”

- April 2019 -
Content proofreading for a business book in English, 300 pages
Building Tech
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"I hired Celia for editing my book. I had an amazing experience working with her: she finished the whole job earlier than planned, was providing frequent intermediate deliveries to accommodate our schedule for reviewing the changes, was very proactive in clarifying ambiguous parts, and most importantly - the quality of her editing work was exceptional! I truly recommend her!”

- Nov to Apr 2019 -

Celia received her formal degree in English & Latin from the Natal University in 1971.

Continued Learning


  •  1971 – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (English and Latin) – Natal University

  • 1972 – University Education Diploma – Natal University

  • 2003 – Diploma in Financial Accounting – Varsity College (Pietermaritzburg)

  • 2015 – Copy-Editing & Proofreading Course – SA Writer’s College
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