Apt Words

Want a quality, experienced copyeditor?

  • Are you looking for an experienced copyeditor who can prepare an author’s files for typesetting?
  • Are you looking for an experienced copyeditor who can wrangle references into submission?
  • Are you looking for someone to copyedit a scholarly book – or journal – or a single article – in the humanities or social sciences?

You’ve come to the right place!

Here’s who I help

I work mostly with publishers and pre-press companies, but I also occasionally work with businesses and with authors. I’m a copyeditor, through and through, rather than a one-stop shop for everything.

I’m Sue Littleford, an Advanced Professional Member (since 2013) of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading* here in the UK, and I’m quite possibly exactly who you’ve been looking for.

Get in touch!

If you’re tired of having to micromanage your copyeditors, do please get in touch and let’s have a conversation about how I can take some of the strain off you.

* Until the Royal Charter was awarded in 2019, the CIEP was the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, the SfEP.


If you’re a student, looking for someone to work on your essay, thesis or dissertation, then I’m afraid you should look elsewhere. I don’t work on text that is going to be marked.

Your editing is a model of precision and concision!

Bill Hickman
Former Associate Professor of Turkish Language and Literature at the University of California (Berkeley), now retired and volume co-editor of Turkish Language, Literature, and History (Routledge, 2016)

What a great collaboration we have had!

It has felt from the start that the job is in very safe hands.
Ljubomir Jankovic
Professor of Zero Carbon Design at Birmingham City University, author of Designing Zero Carbon Buildings: Using Dynamic Simulation Methods (2nd edition, Routledge, June 2017)