Handing your work to an editor is a big leap of trust. For many writers, their work is as important as a child, and just as unbearable to lose sight of. But don't worry: I have a daughter and a PhD so I know how this feels, and I will take care of your text until it is cleaned and polished and ready to come back to you.

I have experience working with a range of authors with differing personalities, expectations, writing styles and languages; many of them comment on how much they enjoy working with me. If you hire me, I guarantee a friendly, prompt and hassle-free service.

My own academic specialism is in music and the arts, but I have edited work by students and academics in Economics, Education, Engineering, Musicology and Theatre Studies.

I have more than 10 years' experience in scholarly, reference and arts publishing. For most of that time I have worked freelance for publications such as Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online. These are some of the world's leading reference works; all editorial work is carried out to the highest degree of accuracy and consistency, and I am comfortable working within extremely strict and detailed house styles.

I also work regularly for Palgrave Macmillan, particularly in their history, politics and sociology series. Books I have recently edited include Cora Kaplan and John Oldfield, eds: Imagining Transatlantic Slavery, and Wolfgang Benedek et al, eds: Transnational Terrorism, Organized Crime and Peace-Building.

I am also knowledgeable in internet mark-up; as well as working within complex XML for Grove, I designed and built the website for the online journal British Postgraduate Musicology (of which I was editor 2004–2008), bringing it up to W3C standards on accessibility. If your work involves XML or HTML capture, I can help; not many editors can say that.