My name is Gemma Greenhalgh, proprietor of GG Editorial Services (established in 2013). I'm based in north Nottinghamshire, UK – an area famed for being the former home of Robin Hood!
Training and Experience
• Getting Work with Non-publishers (Society for Editors and Proofreaders, 2018)
• Practical Mark-up of PDFs (Society for Editors and Proofreaders, 2017)
• Brush Up Your Grammar (Society for Editors and Proofreaders, 2017)
• Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning (Publishing Training Centre, Merit Pass, 2015)
• Blogging for Business; Developing Effective Content for the Web; Getting to Grips with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO); Email Marketing for Success; and Social Media Academy (East Midlands Chamber, 2015)
• Proofreading Skills and English Language: Grammar and Punctuation (Jigsaw Training Consultancy, 2003)
• English Studies & Geography (Oxford Brookes University, First Class BA Hons Degree, 1997–2000)
Before setting up GG Editorial Services, I obtained nine years' experience in information, communication, marketing and training delivery roles in the charity sector (National Trust, Big Issue Foundation, Home-Start, Disability Nottinghamshire and The Rowan Organisation).
Prior to working in the charity sector, I gained four years' experience as a Senior Information Researcher and Proofreader for a funding information service. I gained intensive in-house training in proofreading, copy-editing, information research, copywriting and training delivery. I researched, wrote and proofread reports, articles and press releases on all aspects of EU and UK grant funding. In addition, I delivered tailored training courses on the use of a funding database and grant funding in general.
Professional Membership and Directory Listings
• Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (view my directory entry)
I am listed on the Publishing Training Centre's Freelance Finder (view my profile) and the Find a Proofreader directory (view my profile)
• Society for Editors and Proofreaders Annual Conference (attended in 2015 and 2018)
• Writing East Midlands Annual Writers' Conference (attended in 2016)
All About Me
I love books, writing and language. I love poetry, prose and gobbledygook (as long as I can proofread it) and enjoy passing time in a good old fashioned library or second hand bookshop.
My shelves are home to many much loved books by authors ranging from Geoffrey Chaucer to Enid Blyton and my favourite book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I have a battered, treasured, well-annotated copy that I return to time and time again, and can recite my favourite passages at length. I am most definitely a self-proclaimed Brontë nerd (and proud of it). My favourite modern writers are Lesley Glaister, Graham Rawle, Susan Hill and Sarah Waters.
Creative writing is another of my passions and my work has appeared in ‘Jane Eyre: Re-writing and Re-narrating’ and I won First Prize in the Nottingham Positive Images Poetry Competition. I enjoy going to events and talks at local book, poetry and literature festivals. The origins of language fascinate me and I keep up to date with the evolving nature of the English language and new words entering the dictionary.
In my spare time I enjoy gardening; being out and about in nature and the countryside; crafts; visiting historic sites and museums; walking; and (obviously!) reading. I volunteer each year for the Rutland Water Birdfair and regularly volunteer for the British Hen Welfare Trust on their ex-commercial hen rescue days. In the past I have volunteered for the National Trust, Back Up Trust, National Holocaust Centre & Museum, Disabled Photographers' Society and the Centre for Animals & Social Justice (previously Uncaged Campaigns).