Meet Annie

If you need a qualified proofreader then you’re in the right place.

You might be an author, publisher, or business. Find out if we’re a good match by reading my Need a proofreader? page. Can I sprinkle some publishing confidence?

Qualities of my proofreading service

You are guaranteed:

  • training and professionalism – see my qualifications below
  • integrity – you are offered fair Terms & Conditions, within the CIEP Code of Practice
  • consistency – your writing style is checked for all matters of inconsistency
  • quality – a high standard of efficient error-checking.


Courses & Qualifications

Here’s why I am qualified to check that your writing is error free. See my most recent training certificate:

Certificate_ DCE_How to Mark Up PDF Proofs


I have completed these trusted and respected CIEP training courses (most recent first):

  • CIEP annual conferences: CIEP conference 2023 (Sept 2017–2023)
  • July 2022: Denise Cowle Editorial (fellow CIEP member) – How to Mark Up PDF Proofs. (see course certificate above.) 
  • May 2022: CIEP Editing Digital Content
  • Oct 2021: CIEP Word for Practical Editing
  • Dec 2020: CIEP Copyediting 1: Introduction
  • May 2020: Completion of CIEP Proofreading mentoring scheme (mentoring from an APM CIEP member). 
  • Nov 2018: Educational Publishing Development Day
  • May 2017: SfEP PR3: Proofreading Progress Course (online)

When I began freelancing …

A retired classroom teacher, I started my freelance proofreading business in January 2017, when I suffered health issues.

I began as an Entry Level Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) and upgraded to  Intermediate Member by training and gaining experience as a proofreader and editor.


Annie Deakins Proofnow Proofreader

My background …

I graduated in the late 80s with a BEd degree (Primary Education), having grown up in Paisley, near Glasgow. Hence the Scottish name for my blog. Have you read any of my blog posts yet?

On graduation, I ventured ‘South of the Border’ – eek – to begin teaching.  I taught in classrooms in Essex, until 2015. Now I use my marking and marketing skills to freelance with my own business. With MUCH enthusiasm.

If you are a fellow editor or teacher, I post a monthly blog called #TallTartanTalks about my business experiences. Read my weekly tips about my experiences on LinkedIn by searching for the hashtag #TallTartanTips. If you follow my hashtags, you won’t miss any of my tips or blog posts.


Another part of my portfolio is tutoring primary school children on a 1-1 basis. Some habits are hard to break …  See my Primary Tuition page.

I also need little people in my life as I live with two strapping sons and an artistic husband, all over 6 feet tall. Stroking the cats helps too.


about me