Pat Sumner BA (Hons), Dip RSA, PGCE
Tel: 01824 750288
Mobile: 07930 931310


Personal Profile

An English and Philosophy graduate with a certificate of competence in proofreading from Chapterhouse, the publishing trainers, Pat Sumner has proofread dissertations, reports, novels, plays, poetry and works of social history and she has copy-edited novels.  She has also helped people to compile CVs and has written letters of application, grievance and complaint.

Before starting her own editorial business, Pat worked as a teacher, specialising in English.  Prior to that she worked as a PA, compiling and proofreading a variety of documents.

Pat has always been highly motivated by the study and use of language.  A published writer herself, she has written stories, poems and plays.  Her play, "Help!" is available from New Theatre Publications (  She is also working on a series of books on the teaching of English at Key Stage 2, which has been commissioned by an educational publisher.


At Cilan we appreciate the sensitivity of your documents and agree to treat all material supplied for proofreading, editing or any other purpose as strictly confidential.


We can work to an hourly rate, a page rate or a flat rate basis.  Each job has its own complexities and needs to be priced individually, but you can be sure that our prices will always be reasonable and competitive.

For high quality and accessible poetry and prose, have a look at ProleBooks.



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"After ten years, I finally finished writing my first book and faced the daunting challenge of finding somebody who could get it up to scratch for me. Using Google, I discovered Pat and not only did she give a great price but she was friendly and helpful. She answered every question I had and was willing to tailor her work to my book, specifically to fit my needs. I am over the moon with the improvements she has made and if I ever get book two finished I will be more than happy to ask Pat to proofread and copy-edit it for me."
– H.B. New Novelist


"Her professionalism and expertise exceeded my expectations...  Pat is a good communicator and her English language skills are excellent, she is very conscientious and fully understood our goals and objectives." 
- R.H., New Zealand

"I'm happy to be working with Pat.  She is a professional editor with excellent communication skills."
- PhD student of English Literature

"Pat is a valuable member of our team of external readers which offers an appraisal service for prospective authors."
- Welsh Books Council