Jane Hammett

Copy-editor and Proofreader


About Me

I have been an Advanced Professional member of SfEP since 2012. I believe continuing professional development (CPD) is really important. In 2016, I attended the SfEP’s annual conference and 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 three years ago, and I am a member of several editing groups, both online and in real life, and find meeting up regularly with other editors invaluable.

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.