Jane Hammett

Copy-editor and Proofreader


About Me

In 2012, I became an Advanced Professional member of SfEP. I believe continuing professional development (CPD) is really important for editors. In 2017, I attended the SfEP’s annual conference and a workshop on narrative distance in novels run by writer and coach Emma Darwin. In 2016, I took the SfEP course, Editing for Fiction. My other recent training includes Working for Non-Publishers, On-screen Editing, Proofreading Problems, and Introduction to Web Editorial Skills (all SfEP courses).

I also run the Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire SfEP local group, which I set up four years ago, and am a member of several editing groups, both online and in real life.

How I became an editor

After graduating from the University of St Andrews with an MA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, I did an MLitt in Scottish Literature, writing my dissertation on Robert Louis Stevenson. My first graduate job was at STM (scientific, technical and medical) publisher Chapman & Hall in London as editorial assistant on the Earth Sciences list. I stayed there for two years, learning about all aspects of book production and publishing. After that, I moved to RICS Books in London where I was editorial executive for a year, until I made the decision in 1998 to go freelance.

About the Society for Editors and Proofreaders

The Society for Editors and Proofreaders is the UK’s professional organisation for editors and proofreaders. It aims to uphold editorial excellence, to promote high editorial standards, and to increase the professional status of editors and proofreaders by providing a Code of Practice, training and professional qualifications.