Fiction Experience of Fantasy, Science Fiction/Steampunk, Children's, Comedy, Romance, Mystery, Contemporary & Literary. In the form of novel, novella, anthology, short story & book series. For children, young adult, new adult & adult audiences. All genres considered, although I will advise if I feel your work requires a specialist proofreader.
Non-Fiction Experience of How-To & Public Interest books.
Basic Proofreading, completed with Merit, The Publishing Training Centre (PTC), including competence in the use of BSI proof-correction symbols. Grammar at Work, completed, PTC. Understanding Book Publishing, completed with Distinction, PTC.
BA (Hons) English Literature, First-class Honours, The Open University. Fields of study included Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Writing, Twentieth-Century Literature: Texts and Debates, and Children's Literature; all completed with Distinction and the latter completed with an Outstanding Result award.
Introduction to Fiction Editing, Society for Editors and Proofreaders. Maple Academy Diploma in Professional Proofreading and Editing, completed with Merit. Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing, FutureLearn in association with The University of Warwick. How to Read a Mind: an Introduction to Understanding Literary Characters, FutureLearn in association with The University of Nottingham.
Certificates to verify qualifications are available upon request.
I am a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and abide by their Code of Practice.
I am a member of the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP), an organisation dedicated to independent authors and the service providers who support them.
A Little About Me
I founded Tina Williams Editorial Support in 2015 after successful completion of a literature degree with The Open University, followed by a period of training and voluntary work in the editorial sector. Having spent six years of my degree ensconced in the world of books and critical theory, I knew for certain I didn't want my involvement with this subject to end there. I had always been a passionate reader and an occasional writer, both of which meant I had developed a keen eye for spotting errors and a strong feel for the rhythm and power of words. A career working with words was the next logical step.
My working background was largely in a business and administrative capacity, from which I had already garnered a range of proofreading skills and experience. But I also recognised that a growing number of independent authors were positioning themselves as professionals in the print, ebook and audiobook market, and as such required professional third-party service providers they could trust. With my qualifications, training and experience, I knew I could pair with new, developing, or experienced authors, to help them with the part of book publishing they may struggle with or just want to be sure they get right.
I have since worked with clients from different corners of the globe, each of which has inspired me in their own way, and reinforced the core values of my editorial support service. These core values are: Flexiblity (to the client's needs, and against rigidity in the editorial process); Authenticity (an honest and open service); Curiosity (willingness to learn and adapt); Trust (developing trustworthy working relationships); Support (as much or as little as the client wants); Education & Development (ongoing training and awareness of current trends and concerns).
I am continuing my support of the charity Seeing Ear during 2018. This charity is working to provide books to the visually/physically impaired and those with learning differences, by way of an online library. UK members can join the library and access books for free in a format that suits them, such as MS Word, plain text, audio and Braille. New titles are being added to the library all the time, and I am volunteering to proofread new additions as they make their way from book to digital. You can find out more about Seeing Ear here.
If you would like more information about making your novels dyslexia-friendly, please contact me.
Sea of Ink: A Creative Writing Anthology (2012) Fields of Words: A Creative Writing Anthology (2013) Cardiff Women's Aid Creative Writing Competition (2013) An Earthless Melting Pot (2015) writers-online.co.uk (2015) 100 Voices Vol.2 Anthology (2017)
Shortlisted for Flash 500 Prize (2012) Longlisted for The Word Hut (2013) Shortlisted for Doris Gooderson Prize (2013) Runner-up in Writing Magazine (2014) Runner-up for Words with Jam 250 (2014) Shortlisted for Words with Jam 1000 (2014) Longlisted for Words with Jam Short Story (2015)