K O’Donnell Proofreading

Proofreading and Copyediting Services

Proofreading and copyediting are about making an author’s message as clear as possible.

Another pair of eyes will help to make sure that your message or ideas are conveyed effectively to your readers.


Im a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and I abide by their code of practice.

I’ll work collaboratively with you, respecting your voice and style, but bringing my knowledge and expertise. You’ll find me friendly and supportive, thorough (but not pedantic) and level-headed.

I understand that having someone else review your work can be a bit nerve-wracking. You can trust me to be sensitive and empathetic, and my suggestions to be thoughtful and constructive.

‘Karen’s attention to detail is really excellent. We have worked together on several titles requiring a collaborative editorial effort from both her and our authors and the latter have always been grateful for her kind direction and thorough guidance towards a comprehensive piece to be proud of without distracting from the style of the original material. She’s great at spotting things we would otherwise miss!’

Sabrina Zaher, Senior Desk Editor and Digital Specialist, Edward Elgar Publishing

I can provide different levels of editing depending on your particular needs:

  • ensuring correct spelling, grammar and punctuation

  • making sure that your work is clear, correct, coherent, complete, concise, consistent and credible

  • determining your own style and making sure that it is consistent

  • looking at more technical matters such as captions, footnotes, heading styles and hierarchies, layout, illustrations, references and tables.

Please note that my service does not include paraphrasing published materials, writing or re-writing.

‘Karen is very professional and delivers high quality copyediting services tailored to the needs of our communication agency. It is a pleasure working with her on a daily basis and I value our collaboration.’ Benjamin Lemaire, Line Manager QC, Business & Decision Life Sciences, Orange Group

I work mainly with academic and nonfiction authors and publishers. Following a career in laboratory medicine, I specialise in biomedical and healthcare sciences, but Im happy to work with other nonfiction materials and subjects too. Please contact me to discuss your particular requirements.

What should you expect from a professionally edited document? Find out in my guide, The Finished Product.