Is your text
ready to publish?
You want your text to be as good as it can be. Clear, accurate, unambiguous. Expressing precisely what you want to say. Connecting with your reader.
Commissioning an editor is an act of trust. Your words matter, and you want an editor who understands and respects that. You want someone who gets what you’re trying to do. You want your investment in editing to show in an excellent end result. You want text to be proud of, text that is ready to send out into the world.
That’s what I want too.
Perhaps we should work together?
Your words in my hands
Responsive Editing is run by me, Liz Dalby. I’ve been an editor since 1998, full-time freelance since 2008. I’ve worked on thousands of editorial projects. I trained in the publishing industry, and I mentor other editors in proofreading and copyediting. I’m an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), and I work as a commissioning editor on the Institute’s information team. You can find out more about my professional background on my LinkedIn page.
Clients who trust me with their words
British Library, Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, City & Guilds, GFA Group, Haremi, International Baccalaureate, Laurence King, Penguin Random House, Publitek, QBS, Quarto Group, Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal College of Radiologists, Tate Publishing, Thames & Hudson
What my clients say
Liz is a highly capable, sensible, meticulous and efficient editor and I’m always confident that she’ll do a great job, whatever the task. She’s a delight to work with.
Emma Poulter, Project Editor, Tate Publishing
Liz has proofread three titles for me now and has always supplied the files back to me before the deadline, which is always appreciated. Liz can also take in her marks on InDesign without a problem, which makes the whole process seamless.
Charlene Fernandes, Assistant Editor, Quarto Publishing
I have had the pleasure of working with Liz over the past seven years. Reliable and accommodating, she is a ‘safe pair of hands’ for editing and proofreading RIBA Publishing titles.
Richard Blackburn, Head of Production, RIBA Publishing
Liz has worked on many books across our list and I would highly recommend her as a reliable, punctual and sensitive editor and proofreader.
Abbie Day, Editor, The British Library
I have worked with Liz on two book projects and found her to be a thorough and insightful editor. I enjoy working with Liz as she is very adaptable and open to different subjects and styles – from niche Japanese type design to the resurgence of psychedelic counterculture – and a pleasure to engage with on a day-to-day basis.
Evie Tarr, Thames & Hudson
Working with Liz was fantastic. She was thorough, communicative and super-efficient throughout the whole process. I needed someone who could work with InDesign and Liz was perfect for that particular requirement. I would recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone needing editorial work.
Ashley Edge, author
I pretty much approved all your suggested edits. Was impressed with how you sharpened the text yet retained my tone of voice. Very happy with it.
Wietse van der Werf, Sea Ranger Service
Responsive Editing provided me with an efficient, friendly and authoritative service which I would recommend to any author.
Tom Bree, author