Karin Fancett Work

(Freelance Editor and Proofreader)

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Testimonials ...

A belated ‘thank you’ for yet another splendidly professional publication [Nature in Somerset].

(letter from Roger Martin,
former Director of Somerset Wildlife Trust)

I am happy with the way you have resolved the problem … (as with everything you have so splendidly suggested).

(letter from David Mabberley, author of
The Plant-Book (now Mabberley’s Plant-Book),
Cambridge University Press)

... and some titles

About Karin Fancett


I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Geology and Oceanography and an MSc in Environmental Biology.

I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and have Accreditation in proofreading (by examination) and Registration in both proofreading and copy-editing (based on experience and references). I was also, for a while, a tutor on the UK Publishing Training Centre’s (PTC’s) Basic Proofreading by distance learning course and wrote several of the early tests used by the SfEP for Accreditation.

As well as training 'on the job', I have undertaken a number of courses run by the SfEP, PTC and local further education colleges. These have included courses on ‘On-screen editing’, ‘Efficient copy-editing’, ‘Web page editing and proofreading’, ‘Website design’, ‘Working for non-publishers’ and ‘Project management’.


I started my career working on short-term contracts for environmental charities and a water company. In 1977 I moved to Cambridge (UK) and worked for four years for the Reader in Geology at Cambridge University (Brian Harland), who ran the Cambridge Arctic Shelf Project (CASP). During this time I prepared many reports for publication and had frequent contact with Cambridge University Press (CUP).

In 1981 I decided to become a freelance editor/proofreader, initially training and working with CUP, mainly on natural science publications. As time passed I acquired a wider client and subject base and became one of the early members of the SfEP. During the 1980s I also worked for a few years with other editors and designers as part of Format Publishing Services.

In 2008, with my husband Derek, who has a background in agriculture and conservation and had taken early retirement from his lecturing job, I formed Fancett Publishing Services (FPS). Since moving to rural France in 2010 Derek has been fully occupied with practical conservation in looking after our hectare or so of ‘back garden’, while I have registered FPS as a French business (Siret no. 523 519 205 00018), though I generally trade under my own name.

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