About me

Initially I trained as a graphic designer and illustrator, and for several years I ran my own design consultancy. When I found myself editing other people’s copy, I decided it was time to follow my passion – words, literature and books – and returned to university as a mature student. Ten years later I emerged with a degree, an MA and a PhD in English Literature. I have been working as a freelance editor and proofreader since 2004. The book of my thesis, Mary Blachford Tighe: The Irish Psyche, was published in 2011 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Professional Affiliations:

Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)

Full Member (and currently Chair) of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders & Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI Ireland)

Founder and member of the Editors’ & Proofreaders’ Alliance of Northern Ireland (EPANI)

Partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)

Member of the Society of Authors

I am a tutor on the SfEP’s Introduction to Fiction Editing training course.

Training & CPD:
Practical mark-up of PDFs (SfEP), 2017
Professional Development Day for Fiction Editors (SfEP), 2016
Rewriting and Substantive Editing (PTC), 2016
Advanced Proofreading (PTC), 2015
Fiction Editing (Publishing Ireland), 2013
Introduction to copy-editing (SfEP), 2012
Brush up your grammar (SfEP), 2012
Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning (PTC), Merit, 2011
Introduction to web editorial skills (SfEP), 2011
Introduction to Proofreading (SfEP), 2011
On-screen Editing 1 & 2 (SfEP), 2010

You can download my full CV here (PDF): Averill Buchanan CV