Publisher Services

I am an experienced copy-editor and Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, working predominantly in humanities disciplines but also in the social sciences and more general narrative works.

I have a PhD in Medieval Studies and a BA (Hons) in modern languages; in addition to having an exceptional command of written English I can read modern French, German and Dutch as well as having a thorough knowledge of Old French; I am experienced in a number of the recognised referencing styles such as Chicago and MHRA.

I can provide a professional copy-editing service to you: polishing the author’s text; checking grammar, spelling, punctuation and syntax; amending for consistency; checking references and bibliographies; applying your style guide and marking up text for your typesetter. I understand the demands of working to a tight publishing schedule and can offer attention to detail, a friendly approachable manner, and work submitted on time.

Due to my additional experience as an author of both academic and fiction work, I can understand the needs of your authors and can edit in a sympathetic manner according to individual circumstances.


Current and recent clients include Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis, Arc Humanities Press, Head of Zeus, The History Press, The Mystery Press, Routledge, Sage journals, and Reinvention, an academic journal based at the University of Warwick.


Recent testimonials

“Thank you very much for this very thorough edit on challenging material and for your extra explanatory documents which were very helpful.” Editor, the History Press

“[Catherine] is one of our best copy-editors and please be assured that your book has been passed on to safe hands. She is an excellent person to work with.” Project Manager, SPi Global

“A keen eye for detail, Catherine Hanley provides an excellent editing service and can be relied upon to give valuable advice on text content, flagging up inconsistencies in style and any discrepancies within the plot – highly recommended.” Editor (fiction), The Mystery Press

“Catherine’s acumen in copy-editing and proofreading has been invaluable to Reinvention over the past seven years.  Some of her many strengths in this area include a thorough knowledge of all aspects of style in academic publishing, a meticulous attention to detail, complete reliability in terms of meeting deadlines, and the flexibility and expertise necessary to work on papers in a wide range of subject areas.  She provides constructive and thoughtful advice to our authors and her input has been critical to the overall success of the journal.  We would highly recommend her work.” Managing Editor, Reinvention journal

“A detailed and thorough job every time – highly recommended.” Editor, the History Press