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Blenheim Editorial

Professional Editing & 
Proofreading Services.


Whether you are an individual author or a bigger business, choosing the right words is vital in getting your message across. As a professional copy-editor and proofreader, I can help ensure that your text is accurate, free of grammar, spelling and punctuation errors, and well presented. From small brochures to full books, website text to instruction manuals, I will work with you to create the perfect document.



  • Making sure language is clear and appropriate

  • Development of your manuscript to ensure the structure and content is the best it can be

  • Ensuring adherence to style, layout and format guidelines


  • Checking that spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct and accurate

  • Checking against copy to ensure previous editorial changes are correctly implemented


  • Conversion between different flavours of English (e.g. British and American) to ensure your text is appropriate for the market for which it is intended

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Joe Haining Hull proofreader




My name is Joe Haining. I am a freelance copy-editor and proofreader in Hull, UK. I am an Advanced Professional grade member (the highest level of membership) of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). After graduating in English Studies, I worked in various fields, including several years teaching English as a second/other language, which gave me in-depth knowledge and appreciation of English usage.

In my editorial career I have worked on a wide range of material, both on paper and on screen. I now most commonly edit non-fiction books mainly in humanities and social sciences fields, including academic trade publications and (political) memoirs, offering both copy-editing and developmental editing. Within this, I work regularly with university presses and other publishers, as well as organisations including several UNESCO-affiliated bodies. I also enjoy and have extensive experience working on non-publishing projects including legal documents, website content, instruction manuals, academic/research papers and magazine articles, and also creating captions and subtitles for video.

My areas of particular interest and knowledge include literature, music, sport, LGBTQ+ issues, social sciences, history and current affairs.

Education and qualifications
  • BA (Hons) English Studies, University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales)

  • CELTA - Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, accredited by University of Cambridge

  • CIEP training in editing/proofreading skills, including knowledge/use of BSI symbols, proofreading theses and dissertations, and developmental editing of non-fiction


I have previously undertaken work for:

  • Manchester University Press

  • Helsinki University Press

  • whitefox Publishing

  • Imperial College Press

  • Blink Publishing

  • RWS

  • Crown House Publishing

  • Polint

  • IT Governance Ltd

  • Clarion UK

  • University of Stavanger

  • Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET)

  • International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP)

  • International Centre for the Interpretation and Presentation of World Heritage Sites under the auspices of UNESCO (WHIPIC)

  • UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)


Sample list of titles worked on as editor:

Work Portfolio



“Joe has demonstrated excellent copy-editing abilities, becoming a dependable and reliable freelancer. The copy-editing work required by ICP is wide ranging in subject matter and we expect our copy-editors to be meticulous with regards to quality of language, consistency and accuracy of basic scientific content; all copy-editing is rigorously checked in-house. The job therefore expects Joe to be punctual, consistent and thorough and in this regard he has never failed me. He has proven to have a confident grasp of many branches of science, and I know he can be relied upon to meet our high expectations. He is a pleasant person to work with and is always polite. I highly recommend Joe to any future employers.”


Imperial College Press

“I can honestly say, it has been a fantastic experience. This is my fifth book and easily the best experience. Without a shadow of a doubt, you have made the book better. Not just from a language perspective, but from some amazing knowledge that has clarified and improved the text. Thank you so much.”

Dr Mark Doidge, University of Brighton

“We really appreciate all your hard work for us over the last couple of years, taking on a variety of different tasks and always delivering on time and to expectations... more specifically, we wanted to thank you for all your efforts on the the website review that you worked on. It certainly was a challenging project and your support meant that we were able to really impress the client – they said you had done an outstanding job.”

RWS language services

“I am also indebted to my copy-editor Joe Haining for his scrupulous attention to detail, for the clarity of his advice, for the speed of his responses and for his unfailing good humour; his invaluable help, and his extraordinary eye for detail, and his valuable suggestions for improvement contributed in no small measure to making this very important part of the process pleasurable.”

Dr John Drakakis, University of Stirling (from Shakespeare's Resources, Manchester University Press, 2021)

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