Rocky shoreline
Long Sands
Fish Quay
Rocky shoreline
Lighthouse Slide
The Staithes

Image by Graham Soult

Marsden Rock
Blyth Lighthouse

Image by Tanya Hall

About me

Luke Finley Editorial is owned and run by me, Luke Finley. I offer a unique combination of editorial skills and experience and subject knowledge in other areas.

I’m an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). I have hundreds of hours of experience in copy-editing and proofreading for publishers, charities, social enterprises, businesses and individual writers, and I’ve undertaken training with SfEP and the Publishing Training Centre.

Before launching this business in 2013/14, I had a career in social policy and community development in the voluntary and public sectors. This included writing or rewriting texts in fields such as anti-racism, community relations and community engagement: policy documents, project outlines, funding bids, public consultations, campaign publicity, etc.

Whether it’s been in my job description or not, I’ve always been the person others ask to check their spelling, grammar, punctuation and wording.

Further back, I got a First Class degree in Combined Studies in Arts (mainly in English literature and language) from Newcastle University. Before moving into the voluntary sector, I worked for two years in book publishing, overseeing editorial and production processes and doing some editing work.

Luke Finley Editorial is based in North Shields, at the mouth of the Tyne in North East England. I was born and brought up in this region and live here with my wife and son. I love running, reading and music, and the local coastline and countryside, some of which features on this site.

Take a look at the services pages of my site to see more about what I can do for you and your text.

Luke Finley


Luke Finley edited our Annual Report ... He did a most excellent job ... 10,000 words of text, written by several different people, some of whom were not native English speakers ... became a coherent whole in very readable English [without losing] the individual tone of each piece. His work was most thorough and very helpful indeed.

Ben Hopkinson, Chair, North of England Refugee Service (NERS) (September 2014)

Luke Finley’s fantastic editorial skills and service have been invaluable in preparing Triple Line’s research for public dissemination. Going beyond the call of duty, his thorough attention to detail, understanding of the subject matter and helpful comments have been instrumental in ensuring that Triple Line produces top-quality and readable research papers. Luke is reliable, prompt and approachable ... a pleasure to work with.

Anne-Marie O'Riordan, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate, Triple Line Consulting (October 2014)

I have worked with a number of copy-editors over the years; you've been one of the best if not the best ... I hope we get to work together again.

Author published with Routledge (April 2016)

Just a quick note to compliment your copy-editor, Luke Finley, on his work. He was really quick ... extremely thorough, but didn't edit more than necessary ... and he caught a number of issues/places where I'd been inconsistent ... He did a terrific job and was pleasant and professional throughout. I'd work with him again in a heartbeat, and would recommend him to anyone else without reservation.

Author published with Cambridge University Press (March 2016)

Luke is an extremely approachable and hardworking individual who has helped me and my company PNE Enterprise immensely with its corporate identity. Without Luke, our e-bulletin would look different every month and would be full of spelling and grammatical errors. How do I know this? Because that’s how it was before Luke. Not only does Luke do an amazing job but he also helps us keep our ‘voice’, meaning that our business work still sounds like it has come from us. An amazing individual who will go far in the business world.

Melissa Middleton, Manager of PNE Enterprise, Newcastle upon Tyne

You are a wonderful person to work with. There was no pain or problem while working with you, the credit for which goes to you, the way you have planned, managed and executed things without any hassles. Superb!

Author published with Routledge (January 2016)

Thank you Luke. You are the language Superman!

Student client (April 2016)