Richard Cosgrove

Freelance layout sub-editor, proofreader and copy editor for print and online publishers, independent writers and self-publishers.


Working with Richard

Proofreading marks example by volkspider
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Working as a sub-editor and copy editor in print and online publishing for more than 16 years has enabled me to develop a broad set of skills, in addition to my excellent editing and writing abilities.

I see editing as a way of adding extra value to writers’ works, without taking the spotlight.

As a sub-editor, I work within editorial teams to ensure their publications’ articles are free of error, legally sound and meet commercial expectations

As a copy editor, I see my role is to form a partnership with the writer, to ensure their work is as strong as it can be, while keeping the work in line with their publisher’s needs and editorial policies.

In addition to pure subbing and layout sub-editor roles, I have led teams of subs and reporters in chief sub-editor and news editor roles.

My clients and employers include major magazine and online publishers, including News International and Euromoney, whose publications cover subjects as varied as home entertainment technology, video games and gaming culture, the financial industry, and current affairs.

If you would like to discuss hiring me, please send an email using this contact form. Alternatively, you may phone me on (+44) 07378 351055 or Skype me at richard_cosgrove.


I provide sub-editing services to newspapers, magazines and websites, and copy editing and proofreading services to mainstream and independent publishers and self-publishers. If you would like to know more about my professional background, please use the links at the top of this page.


  • Sub-editing includes restructuring and rewriting copy; editing copy to fit desired word counts or space on designed pages; ensuring consistency of style, tone and language; and fact-checking.
  • Magazines, newspapers, websites, catalogues and company communications may be subbed.
  • Layout sub-editing using Adobe InDesign or QuarkXpress available.
  • The sub-editing of online material also includes rewriting for search engine optimisation (SEO), checking in-line HTML, applying internal links for canonicalisation, and tagging videos and images using your content management system (CMS).
  • Remote and office-based hourly or shift-based working patterns available.
  • Short and long-term bookings welcome.
  • International clients offering remote working accepted.

Copy editing

  • Copy editing includes minor restructuring and rewriting, fact-checking, and ensuring consistency of language, style and tone of manuscripts.
  • There is an excellent detailed description of what copy editing is and is not on the SfEP’s website.
  • Services aimed at mainstream publishers and self-publishers.
  • Hourly and ‘per 1,000 words’ rates available.
  • Hard copy or electronic files can be checked.


  • Proofreading (also known as ‘line editing’) offers a detailed check of grammar, spelling, punctuation and word usage to produce an error-free final manuscript.
  • Manuscripts, screenplays, theses and corporate documents may be proofread.
  • Proofreading is carried out on a finalised electronic document or typeset pages.
  • Proofreading is a separate service to copy editing.
  • Rates charged per hour.
  • Electronic and hard copies proofed.

If you would like to discuss hiring me, please send an email using this contact form. Alternatively, you may phone me on (+44) 020 3290 3213 or Skype me at richard_cosgrove.

Contact Form

To ask for a quote for or more details about my editing services, please use the form below. You will receive a reply within 48 hours of the email being received.

Alternatively, you may call me on (+44) 020 3290 3213 or reach me on Skype at richard_cosgrove.

Contact Form