I'm Dr Julie Banton, a freelance copy-editor based in Leicestershire. I specialise in editing non-fiction but also proofread fiction. I've always had a passion for making writing clear and easy to understand!
I am a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). I've passed the CIEP basic editorial test and my training includes the CIEP 'Introduction to Fiction Editing' course (2020), 'Copy-editing Headway' course (2018) and introductory courses in proofreading and copy-editing (2016). I'm committed to Continuing Professional Development; for example I've taken part in a session on editing with macros, participated in the 2020 CIEP conference, and regularly learn from professional forums. I'm also a joint co-ordinator of the East Midlands local CIEP group, which I contribute to monthly.
Since 2016 I've been the substantive copy-editor for the academic journal Population Studies produced by the Population Investigation Committee. In 2018 I started working on books, including proofreading Christian books for Instant Apostle. In 2020 I joined the Charlesworth team, copy-editing social science papers.
From previous employment, I have experience of working with a wide range of clients from government departments, academics, and charities, to the media and public services.
My background is in social sciences, with a PhD in Social Statistics and a BSc(SocSci) in Population Studies, both from the University of Southampton. This means I'm interested in a wide range of topics including health and mortality, geography, data, and social trends. I also have considerable experience of working with survey questionnaires, so if you need a questionnaire copy-edited then I'm your person!
My experiences of writing and editing, prior to becoming freelance in 2016, include:
co-authoring a successful statistics textbook for beginners (2001; 2015; 3rd edition forthcoming)
writing and informally editing a wide range of web publications, such as statistical bulletins and articles, for the Office for National Statistics (here's an example)
co-editing/co-writing a published volume on the British population (2005).
(In case you are wondering, I had a different surname when the items linked above were published.)
I am well positioned to edit material relating to my other interests, which include:
Christian faith; if you are looking for a Christian copy-editor or proofreader for your book or other Christian material then look no further. I've been a Christian for many years and am on the leadership team of my local church.
Outdoor fitness (biking, running, walking, mountaineering, adventure racing; with previous experience of kayaking, caving, and climbing)
My editorial assistant hard at work