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Cecile Berbesi

Cecile Berbesi

Freelance Content and Publishing Services

Media & Communication Industry
Content Services
Digital & Print
Porto Portugal
Freelancer Available
A fast, reliable freelance editor with 15 years' experience in the UK trade and academic publishing industry. Whether you are an author, publishing house, academic or else, I can help you to ready your content for publication.

Freelance Content and Publishing Services

Cecile Berbesi
Since April 2016
United Kingdom
  • Having freelanced as a side hustle since 2007, I became full-time self-employed in 2016. My professional expertise covers the following duties:

    • project management
    • pre-production coordination
    • proofreading (English, French, Portuguese)
    • xml checking for digital publications
    • typesetting
    • peer-review management
    • reader's report
    • translation (English/French)

    Subject areas include among others Education, History, French, Middle East, Travel Writing, Politics & International Relations, Business, Technical Engineering.

    Fees are negotiated on a per-project basis.

    For a detailed CV, please click on the 'Experience' tab of this website.

    The works displayed in the portfolio are from 2019 onwards. For an exhaustive list of my freelance works between now and 2007, please visit my portfolio:

Adobe Creative Suite

  • InDesign
    • Typesetting books, catalogues and flyers • Creating styles and templates from scratch, following a brief or based on predefined styles • Generating print-ready PDFs with press quality settings on
  • Acrobat Pro
    • Amending text and images using advanced editing tools directly in unlocked PDFs • Tagging PDF files with comments and queries • Transforming Adobe PDF files into ebooks and slide presentations • Combining PDF files to reveal text amendments • Extracting, replacing, adding pages to PDF files
  • Photoshop
    • Optimising images for press • Tweaking images • Manipulating and amending scanned or PDF text
  • Illustrator
    • Converting graphs, timelines and other numerical-type of illustrations (png, excel or pdf files) into high-quality eps files • Drawing maps and graphs from screen grabs, pictures or scans • Designing logos and banners

Microsoft Office

  • Word
    • Formatting layouts using styles and templates • Using track changes and including comments and queries • Compiling mathematical formulas, table of contents, indexes, glossary • Comparing and merging Word documents
  • Excel,
    • Creating production planning schedules and budget tracking spreadsheets • Generating graphs
  • Powerpoint
    • Designing dynamic presentations

Web Tools

  • Wordpress, Blogger • Writing posts as regularly as possible • Branding by designing bespoke banner/logo and web layout using HTML or template • Retouching/refocusing, optimising pictures to improve fast streaming
  • Google Analytics, Statcounter
    • Analysing followers flow data using Statcounter and Google Analytics • Increasing blog visibility by participating in forums, tagging keywords, linking to other social websites
  • Social media
    Facebook, Goodreads, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Ravelry, Tumblr, Twitter

BA Publishing Studies

Paris West University Nanterre La Défense

June 2004
Book Publishing History, Editorial/Management, Marketing/Bookshop/eBook, Design (InDesign layout), Printing Processes, Copyediting-Proofreading, Cultural Affairs and Book Events

MA English

Paris West University Nanterre La Défense

September 2003
English History, Literature and Linguistics

Thesis on ‘Witch-Hunt in England in the 16th and 17th centuries’