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Cecile Berbesi

Cecile Berbesi

Freelance Content and Publishing Services

Media & Communication Industry
Content Services
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
  • 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
    • proofreading (English, French, Portuguese)
    • typesetting
    • xml/pdf check for digital publications
    • pre-production coordination
    • peer-review management
    • reader's report
    • translation (English/French)

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

    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 'Portfolios' are from 2020 onwards.

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’