I’m Sam Lacey

I’ve been writing and editing for around 25 years and I love my job.

I’ve been freelance since 2014. Before this I worked in-house as a Production Controller for an education publisher, so I understand the work that’s involved in getting your publication out on time and within budget.

Whether you produce ELT course materials and education resources, generate business content or publish books, I can help you with all of your editorial needs.


I’m an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders (CIEP) and hold a professional copy-editing qualification through the Publishing Training Centre.

My editorial services include: cold proofreading (i.e. a completely fresh pair of eyes); copy-editing and line editing (paper proofs or digital using Word or PDF mark-up); adapting ELT content for different markets (Americanization/Anglicization or adaptation for the Middle East); styling ELT manuscripts using Word templates; Workbook activity checks; phonics checking; audio/video checking; course correlation/mapping.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any aspect of your project.

For a brief overview of the difference between copy-editing and proofreading, take a look at the CIEP’s FAQ page.


I write non-fiction books and children’s short stories. Please get in touch if you’d like to talk to me about a writing project, or any of my editorial services.

The Art of Simple Living

Practical Steps to Slowing Down, Finding Peace and Enjoying a Wholesome Life

It’s time to experience the joys of simple living
Whether you want to make small changes to your life or you’re looking to transform it, The Art of Simple Living will show you the way to a more wholesome existence. With help on how to declutter your home, practise mindfulness and make your mealtimes, free time and relationships more fulfilling, the advice and tips in this book will guide you towards a simpler life filled with joy, laughter and love.

She Believed She Could So She Did

A Modern Woman’s Guide to Life

Packed with useful tips, positive affirmations and bite-sized biographies on women who rock, this book is a celebration of female strength and courage. No matter what your aims are for today, this month, this year or in life, it will encourage you to ignore the cynics, seize exciting opportunities and live a life that you love.

Buy ‘She Believed She Could So She Did’

365 Ways To Go Wild

Embrace Your Inner Adventurer Every Day of the Year

Dream. Explore. Discover.
Take a leaf out of nature’s book and unleash your wild side with this essential guide. Packed with hundreds of exciting outdoor ideas and activities, from reading animal tracks to making your own campfire, this little book will guarantee lots of fun and adventure all year round.


Sam has been a continuous pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her for any copyediting or proofreading project. She is quick and efficient but also flexible. She always provides thoughtful feedback and genuine enthusiasm. She is trustworthy and consistent and is a top choice for our projects.

Anna WhitcherHelbling English/ELT Imagemakers

It’s always a pleasure to work with Sam. Not only does she have a great eye for detail, but she is efficient, organised and an excellent communicator.

Claire BerrisfordSummersdale Publishers Ltd

We use Sam's services regularly and she is a pleasure to work with. Always extremely efficient and accurate with her work, with helpful suggestions and great attention to detail. We look forward to working with her again soon.

Sarah-Beth WildingMarketing Manager, Education Development Trust

Sam has really high attention to detail and she goes above and beyond the brief.

Pamela RuffoSenior Content Producer, Pearson

Sam was an absolute professional to work with, calm, efficient, organised with a great attention to detail and commitment to deadlines. I would strongly recommend her.

Carol FlachCfBT Education Trust

Samantha is professional, dependable and innovative in her ideas. I would not have been able to complete my projects without her devotion and support and her desire to go beyond the boundary of her role to achieve superior results. Her expertise in print and design has been invaluable to me.

Alison BrownGroup Marketing Manager, Insource

I have worked with Sam in consultancy and used her services on a freelance basis. She is a good, all round copywriter and proofreader, always works within the deadlines given and has very good attention to detail. She is easy to get on with and will always look to go the extra mile.

Lisa MilesDirector, Foreword Communications

I recently worked with Sam and she was brilliant. She took on a challenging editorial task and returned it in a fantastic condition. She has excellent communication, and I look forward to working with Sam again.

Laure GysemansProject Editor at Pearson Education

Samantha's work is always precise and correct. She has an eye for detail and always meets the deadline. It is a pleasure to work with her.

Lien VerscheldeRedactiemedewerker at LUTV

Sam was an absolute professional to work with; calm, efficient, organised with a great attention to detail and commitment to timelines. I would strongly recommend her.

Carol FlachHead of Knowledge Management, CfBT Education Trust

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