Kilmeny MacBride – Professional Proofreader

About Kilmeny

Kilmeny MacBride proofreader and copy-editor Before retraining as a proofreader with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), I spent over sixteen years in teaching, most recently running a modern languages department in an independent school. To date I have proofread over forty academic titles on a wide range of subjects within the humanities and social sciences. I am a professional member of the SfEP and have undertaken freelance work since 2013.

I also offer private tuition in French and English to GCSE, A-level and Oxbridge entrance. Please see my teaching page for further information.


As a professional member of the SfEP, my standards are high; I have a keen eye for detail and a thorough knowledge of both UK and US spelling and grammar as well as the conventions of proof correction. You can be confident that I will deliver a professional service on time and within the agreed budget, whatever your proofreading requirements. Please email me with details of your project for a preliminary quotation.


Proofreading for Publishers

As well as an extensive knowledge of UK education and familiarity with teaching resources for pupils of all ages, I have an especial interest in English and French literature, music and historical linguistics. I particularly welcome proofreading work within these fields, therefore. However, I have experience across a wide range of subject areas within humanities and social sciences.

I am happy to work on paper or on screen, blind or against copy. Hard copy will be marked up using BS 5261C: 2005 – Marks for copy preparation and proof correction, but digital files can be treated in a variety of ways: Word documents can be annotated using track changes; comments or BSI marks can be added to PDFs.

Proofreader and copy-editor Proofreading for Businesses

You might never have thought of hiring a proofreader to check your publicity materials or the text on your website, but almost every restaurant menu, promotional leaflet and website has errors on it that may put off potential clients. I can make sure that your copy isn’t spoilt by mistakes in spelling or punctuation and that it reads well. Please get in touch for further information and an idea of how much it would cost for me to proofread your text.

  • Not sure if it’s its or it’s, there, their or they’re? Don’t know if your business has an affect or an effect, is discreet or discrete?
  • Increase your credibility.
  • Make sure your message is clear and unambiguous.
  • Create a good impression with even the most discerning customers.
  • Save money on reprinting costs.
  • Fast and affordable proofreading by a professional.


Don’t think it matters? Have a look at some of these sobering stories:

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Freelance proofreader and copy-editor