I have been a proofreader since 2014, having worked in-house for a major supermarket chain and, later, for a leading greeting card and Advent calendar publisher. For those companies I proofread anything from marketing material to contracts and ingredient information. Since turning freelance, I have worked on a variety of projects, mainly for publishers, businesses and charities. More details can be found in my Portfolio.
My training and CPD have come via the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) and the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), the two most highly regarded editorial training providers in the UK. This is complemented by my studies in German (A Level and beyond), French (A Level) and Italian (GCSE), which have given me an excellent understanding of grammar and syntax, and the roles of different words within a sentence.
In 2019 I did an interview with the CIEP for its ‘Meet our members’ feature.
A little about Victoria
I work mainly on business material and non-fiction, and especially enjoy the following subjects:
Music – specialist classical music expertise
History – monarchs, conflicts and other key events in Britain, Europe and America between roughly 1066 and 1945; particular interest in the Wars of the Roses and Richard III
Sport – football (including the lower leagues), cricket, golf, badminton, darts, tenpin bowling, equestrianism and more
Qualifications & Membership
Basic Proofreading – merit (87.21%)
Copyediting Introduction (self-assessed)
Basic Editorial Test – pass (94%)
University of Birmingham
Bachelor of Music with Honours – 2.1
ABRSM Grade 8
Clarinet – distinction
Piano – distinction
Violin – merit
Theory of Music – merit
Open University OpenLearn
Getting Started on Classical Latin
Advanced German: Language, Culture and History
The Origins of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (reign of Charles I)
Early Modern Europe