Richard Cosgrove

Freelance layout sub-editor, proofreader, copy editor, audio editor and video editor for publishers and independent creators.

Working with Richard

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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.

Services

I provide the following editing services to publishers and private clients:

  • Sub-editing and layout sub-editing for print and online newspapers, magazines and websites.
  • Copy editing and proofreading for book and journal publishers.
  • Audio editing for podcasts.
  • Video editing.

I accept one-off, short-term and long-term bookings, from UK and international clients. In-person bookings are limited to the area near Glasgow, Scotland.

Email me for quotes and availability.

Sub-editing

In addition to standard sub-editing, I provide the following services:

  • Liasing with internal and external stakeholders (print and online). 
  • Major restructuring and rewriting (print and online).
  • Flatplanning (print).
  • Picture research (print and online).
  • Layout and sub-editing using Adobe InDesign or QuarkXpress (print and online PDF).

For online publishers, I also provide the following services:

  • Editing for SEO.
  • Verifying in-line HTML and external hyperlinks.
  • Applying and verifying internal links for canonicalisation.
  • Applying tags to content using content management system (CMS).

Contract and short-term bookings accepted. Hourly and shift-based rates are available.

Copy editing

I offer copy editing and typesetting services to non-fiction and fiction book publishers. I also provide feedback to authors.

Contract, project and short-term bookings accepted. Hourly and shift-based rates are available.

Proofreading

Proofreading services are available to private clients and publishers.

Electronic and hard copies may be proofed.

Proofreading does not include rewriting, feedback, fact-checking or typesetting.

Fee based on hours worked or word count.

Audio editing

I provide audio editing for non-fiction podcasts.

This service includes:

  • Removing fillers (ie, “um”, “er” etc).
  • Adding intro, outro and incidental music.
  • Removing unwanted content.
  • Balancing dialogue.
  • Adding metadata.
  • Creating transcriptions of final edits.
  • Suppling final mixes in various formats (eg, WAV, AIFF, MP3).
  • Making adjustments and corrections after delivery.

Fees based on hours worked or total duration of original recordings. Same-day service available.

Video editing

I specialise in editing current affairs short-form videos for online distribution.

This service includes:

  • Editing videos up to 1080p resolution.
  • Adding intros and outros.
  • Mixing dialogue and sound effects.
  • Adding stock footage.
  • Adding metadata.
  • Adding closed or open subtitles.
  • Creating transcriptions of final edits.
  • Supplying final mixes in various formats (eg, M2V, MP4, H.264 AVC).
  • Making adjustments and corrections after delivery.
  • Uploading to online video hosting services (eg, YouTube).

Fees based on hours worked or total duration of original recordings. Same-day service available.

Contact Form

When requesting quotes, please include the following information:
  • Sub-editing: start and end dates of booking and length of shifts.
  • Copy editing/proofreading:
    • Total word count of original material to be edited (including endnotes and/or footnotes).
    • Date original material will be delivered and required delivery date of final edit.
  • Audio/video editing:
    • Total duration of original material to be edited (including stock video/audio footage).
    • Date original material will be delivered and required delivery date of final edit.
You will receive a reply two working days, between 9am-5pm UK time.

Contact Form