Meet Candida

Having been a lover of stories since learning to read, becoming a proofreader and editor, has, over time, felt like the only path that truly made sense for me. 

I was heavily encouraged at school to take a more science based route, and so I decided at university to study a subject that bridged my love of humanities and science - Geography. After completing a bachelors in Geography at Lancaster University and the University of Calgary, I soon realised that a job working for the environment agency or an energy company just wasn't for me. I decided to move to France, to figure out exactly what it was that felt right for me. Once there, I completed a TEFL course, where I re-studied the English language and truly gained an appreciation for my mother tongue. I decided to complete a qualification in proofreading, which is when I became a member  of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). 

After completing this course, I began dipping my toes into the world of proofreading and editing, starting out with an academic proofreading service Proofessor UK, and taking on various freelance projects for writers and businesses such as Scribly, Savanna, Celine and PerfectStay. I began to seek the work of publishers, as books are where my heart well and truly belongs. I currently work as a proofreader and copyeditor for the publishing houses Boldwood Books and Wordcatcher Publishing, and have worked on over twenty manuscripts of fiction and non-fiction books to date. My particular interest and experience lies in literary fiction, fantasy, contemporary, thriller and historical fiction.

Continued Education

Since graduating Lancaster University in 2017 with a 2:1 degree in Geography, I have taken various courses to continue my education. Those relevant to proofreading and editing are:
  • English Grammar, Young Learners and Business English - TEFL Org UK
  • P1: Introduction to Proofreading - CIEP
  • P2: Proofreading Headway - CIEP
  • Getting Started in Fiction Editing - CIEP