With degrees in Zoology and Animal Behaviour, I spent five years working as a writer, proofreader and editor for the ARKive website, an initiative of the charity Wildscreen. This involved producing high-quality profiles on endangered species, as well as topic pages, blogs, news articles and education resources. I also marked and edited species profiles submitted by undergraduate and graduate students, and helped to run various social media channels.
In 2012, I decided to turn my editing skills into a freelance career. I am based in the Forest of Dean, UK, but most of my work is done online, meaning I can help you wherever you are located.
You can find out more about the services I offer on my services page.
Experience and qualifications
I specialise in zoology, natural history and science, and am familiar with scientific writing and terminology, as well as with writing for a non-scientific audience. In addition to my zoology and animal behaviour degrees, I have a range of survey, research and conservation experience in the UK and in the tropics.
My clients include publishers, wildlife organisations, conservation groups, students and self-publishing authors, and I work on a range of material, from detailed species monographs to general interest science books and field guides, and from magazines and reports to student theses. My writing experience includes articles for BBC Wildlife and Bird Watching, and I have also written extensively for the web. As a writer myself, I understand what an author’s work means to them, so will work with you to help polish your writing while also being sensitive to your unique creative style.
As a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, now the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, I have undertaken a number of training courses in proofreading and editing, including passing the Publishing Training Centre’s Basic Proofreading course with Distinction. You can find out more about my experience and what clients say about me on my portfolio pages.
I am a keen naturalist with a passion for wildlife, and can often be found out and about in the countryside with my camera, ready to photograph and write blogs about what I find. I also have a love of art and craft, and sell a variety of nature-themed prints and gifts in my online shop, Nature Crafts.
If you would like to find out more about my wildlife work, art and photography, please visit my wildlife website and blog, Ramblings of a Zoologist.
Liz has worked on several books for Bloomsbury’s natural history lists, and she has consistently impressed us with her accuracy, zoological knowledge and dedication to her editing, along with her highly-prized ability to meet deadlines. Liz is highly recommended.
Jim Martin, Senior Commissioning Editor, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Liz made a valuable contribution to the Wildscreen Arkive website through her high-quality writing and editing, producing numerous species profiles as well as blogs, news articles and topic pages. Liz also marked and edited species profiles written by undergraduate and graduate students as part of the Arkive Universities Scheme, helping the students to reach the high standards required for publication on the website. Liz is very conscientious and I would highly recommend her for writing or editing work.
Verity Pitts, Wildscreen Arkive Manager
Liz is a very talented editor with a natural gift for getting things right, and who shows real depth and sound knowledge. Recently Liz worked on a new fiction book, also reviewed by Jane Goodall. Liz found things other professional editors missed – that’s how good she is. Thoroughly recommended for any editing / copy-editing work, and I suspect much more.
William Critchley, Managing Editor, http://learnfreelancing.com/
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