My name is Isla Rosser-Owen. I provide freelance copy-editing, proofreading, writing, research and editorial project management services.
I am a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (view my page in the directory), a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, and I have over 15 years of experience in publishing. I have a firm grounding in grammar and am confident in both British and American usage. I have worked on HSS and STM academic titles, but also on journal articles, confidential and legal documents, reports, and on news and feature articles within a journalistic context. I used to work as a journalist and so have developed a confident writing style, and have spent much of my professional life editing and rewriting text written by non-native speakers. I also have production knowledge and experience in book, magazine and newspaper publishing.
I originally hail from London and, having grown up in a hugely cosmopolitan environment, I have developed mixed interests, which are often reflected in the work I take on. I thrive on the variety!
Following two degrees in the field, I have specialised in the modern Middle East and North Africa (particularly in terms of socioeconomic developments and refugee studies) and gained a general fascination with languages. My languages include Arabic and French, and I also have a working knowledge of Turkish and Persian. I also have interests in multilingual editing and in modern literature in translation.
Other interests include film, photography, contemporary writing, history, travel, book festivals and literacy development. As a long-time resident of Scotland, currently based on the lovely Isle of Islay, the contemporary Scottish political and cultural scenes, too, regularly grab my attention.
I am proficient in editing and proofreading both on paper and electronically (I know the British Standards Institution proofreading marks). I also have experience of editing and proofreading e-books.
I will work at a competitive rate and will turn things around quickly and efficiently. No job is too big or too small and I am always happy to travel!
Please contact me for more information about my services: firstname.lastname@example.org