Development editing
‘Lisa worked with me to develop and copy edit my non-fiction sample chapters manuscript prior to submission to an interested publisher.

There were two phases, a collaborative development editing phase and a technical copy edit. Lisa’s approach to both phases was first class. Her technical copy edit was exemplary, turning what I had thought was a decent manuscript into a much tighter, more professional, clearer draft. I accepted every change she suggested and every query was spot on.

Prior to that, in the development edit, she revealed an in-depth understanding of the brief and helped me reshape the manuscript by combining diplomacy and reassurance with complete honesty and directness as to what was needed.

She is a first-class editor with great collaboration skills and I would work with her again without hesitation. She knows what you want to say, even if you can’t quite say it yourself.’

Howard Walwyn, author
Clear Business English for Financial Services Professionals (manuscript in submission)

Manuscript critique
‘In 2016 Lisa reviewed my unfinished manuscript of the first biography of Victorian pioneer photographer, Robert Howlett.

As a photographer attempting authorship for the first time, it has been a voyage into the unknown and steep learning curve. Lisa’s approach was professional and full of empathy, with suggestions for improvement made with tact and diplomacy, and responses received quickly.

Her observations, both technical and of writing style, were made in an objective manner, all of which were explained with a clear focus on how the suggested amendment would enhance the prospect of publication.  The critique was balanced, with acknowledgement of successful passages and highlighting where improvements were required.

Lisa’s knowledge and understanding of the publishing world is clear, and her insights consistently given into where my biography may fit the specific criteria of this demanding professional sector. My confidence was boosted by her friendly, supportive approach, leaving the critique as a pleasant and extremely valuable experience. I acted on all her suggestions, producing a greatly improved version on which to base a synopsis aimed at a potential publisher.

With Lisa’s support, any manuscript stands a much better chance of success, and I wholeheartedly recommend her excellent services.’

Rose Teanby ARPS, author
Robert Howlett: The Man Who Made Brunel (manuscript in submission)

Book proposal editing
‘I had the pleasure of working with Lisa recently on a small project to get my book proposal into good shape to submit to an interested agent. Her responsiveness and attention to detail, and the way she handled giving me feedback so sensitively, confirmed she was the right person to do my manuscript review.

Sadly, Lisa decided not to take on the work as she felt she was not quite the right person for the human interest story I had written, but went to great lengths to put me in touch with other copy-editors she felt were better placed to help me.

This level of support shows integrity and huge professionalism, and in a business world where many are too busy to offer this level of support. It is very much valued. I have no hesitation in recommending Lisa.’

Elaine Halligan, London Director of The Parent Practice and author
My Child’s Different (Crown House Publishing, forthcoming, 2018)

Restructuring and substantial editing

‘I worked with Lisa when she edited an e-book of mine. It was the first piece of work like this that I had completed, and also the first time I had worked with an editor, so I was a bit nervous about the whole process.

I needn’t have been, because Lisa ensured the whole process went smoothly from start to finish. Lisa talked the process through before starting work, and answered any questions I had patiently and thoroughly. The actual edits were fantastic, and her style was so easy to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend Lisa, and would most definitely work with her again.’

Lildonia McNally Lawrence, co-author (with Cory McNally)
How to Buy a Property: A Simple Guide for Millennials (Amazon Kindle and paperback, 2017)


‘I took delivery of the books yesterday and made my first sale today. The feedback so far is most complimentary. Thank you for your major part in making the book so readable … Please accept my most heartfelt thanks for your superb editing work.’

Alison R. Russell, author
Are You Chasing Rainbows? A Practical Insight into Emotional Maturity and Why Adults Sometimes Behave Like Children (Balloon View, 2013)


‘My book is very important to me. It is about my area of expertise, something I am passionate about. I need it to speak in my voice. I also need it to be indistinguishable from the trade published books on the shelf next to it: not just in physical appearance, but in the quality of the text. It needed an expert eye, a critical eye, cast over all manner of things you do not (probably should not) think about when you are writing.

After two-and-a-half years of research and writing, being challenged like that is itself a challenge. It can get pretty intense at times, particularly when it comes to cutting/reworking sentences you may have laboured over for hours. Out of that heat comes something stronger than what went into it.

Suffice it to say that Lisa proved more than adept at working with both text and author. The ideal expert critical friend.’

Ian A. Marsh, author
If it is So Good to Talk, Why is it So Hard? (Matador, forthcoming, 2018)

‘We’re grateful for your work and input on all the corrections and amendments we’ve made. Many thanks for a great edit and proof.’

Dr Ian Scott and Dr Henry Thompson, co-authors
The Cinema of Oliver Stone: Art, Authorship and Activism (Manchester University Press, 2016)

‘Lisa Cordaro has shown the merit of using a good proofreader by her accuracy, fast turnaround, and sensitivity to my books’ subject. Lisa has corrected typos, spelling, grammar, formatting and inconsistencies for two of my books: The Black Stars of Ghana and Empire Road, both of which were improved by her expertise. I am pleased to endorse Lisa’s skills, and warmly recommend her.’

Alan Whelan, author
The Black Stars of Ghana 
(Inkstand Press, 2012)
Empire Road (Inkstand Press, 2015)

‘Thanks for this and for sending through the edited document and queries so quickly’
‘Huge thanks for the quick turnaround on this, massively helpful!’

GL Assessment

‘Thank you for your detailed editing notes, and for your swift work on this title! From first glance I can see that you have been very thorough, so thank you for your hard work on this.’

Intellect Books

Thank you once again for your thorough and diligent work on this one.’

Nuffield Trust

I just wanted to compliment you on the excellent job you did: a very clean file was received which was in excellent shape thanks to your work.’


‘I have received the proof and everything looks good. You seem to have done a fine job so thank you. I look forward to seeing the book in print also as you can imagine and will send you a copy. I look forward to working with you again in the future.’

Sophie Ruggles, chef and author
My Barcelona Kitchen (Murdoch Books, 2012)

pologies as I’ve been meaning to get in contact with you for a while now to let you know how pleased I was with the proofreading job you did for me. You paid very close attention to my brief and did everything (and more!) that I asked of you. Your queries for the author and myself were very thoughtful and considered.

Overall I am very satisfied that you have improved the book immensely, and the author has been very pleased as he did acknowledge that he’s not a natural writer, although he’s obviously an expert on his subject. I would be more than happy to work with you again and to recommend you to my colleagues.’

Laura Blake, senior project editor
(major international 
business and professional publishing house)

‘I’ve had a chance to review your corrections and work on this project. Many thanks for such a thorough job! … I’ve been super impressed by your work and will feed back to the rest of the team here.’

Natasha Whelan, senior project editor
(major international 
business and professional publishing house)

Project management
‘“Hi – have just received my copies of Remaking Governance. It looks great, and I’m really pleased with it. Please can you congratulate everyone concerned to say thanks – this has been a very positive relationship, and I have appreciated everyone’s efficiency, responsiveness and professionalism.” Just wanted to pass on Janet [Newman]’s comments – take a very deep bow, you’ve earned it.’

Policy Press

‘Thank you for being part of our writing week! There was a lot of interest and several people have already asked me how they can get the handouts from your session, so I think it did give people lots of useful advice.’

Erika Hawkes, Postgraduate Researcher Development Officer,
Graduate School, University of Birmingham