I’m Ashley Curtis. I’m a writer, editor, proofreader, and German-to-English/Italian-to-English translator. I help academics, creatives and entrepreneurs refine and polish their written English until it’s precise, vivid and compelling.
I can work specifically as a proofreader, copy editor or developmental editor. I can also work across these categories – simply shaping up a piece of writing to be the best it can be, whatever that takes. Each project is different, and the boundaries between editing categories are fluid.
I also translate from German and Italian into English.
I work closely with clients and aim to create the best piece possible within the constraints of deadlines and affordability. For clients’ feedback on my work, please see the testimonials.
My clients include: ETH Zürich, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), TU Berlin, Amara Collaborative, oekom verlag GmbH, Schweizer Buchhändler- und Verleger-Verband (SBVV), Kommode Verlag, NZZ Libro, Éditions Loisirs et Pédagogie, The Dive, Bergli Books, Zytglogge Verlag, Align Coaching, Hull’s School and private individuals.
Below are some recent works that I have translated, edited or proofread:
The Laboratory of Progress: Switzerland in the 19th Century by Joseph JungRoutledge, forthcoming (tr)
Shinoharistics: An Essay about a House by Tibor JoanelliKommode Press, 2020 (ed)
“D-MTEC Evaluation Report 2020” Edited by Erik JentgesDepartment of Management, Technology and Economics, ETH Zurich, 2020 (ed/pr)
The Expert Guide to Your Life in Switzerland Edited by Diccon BewesBergli Books, 2020 (pr/tr)
A guide to the Swiss educational system by Robin HullRobin Hull, 2020 (ed)
Humans in the Global Ecosystem: An Introduction to Sustainable Development by Pierre L. Ibischoekom verlag GmbH, 2019 (pr)
Swisstory: The Untold, Bloody, and Absolutely Real History of Switzerland by Laurie Theurer and Michael MeisterBergli Books, 2019 (ed)
Atlas of Vertebrates by Arthur Escher and Robin MarchantÉditions Loisirs et Pédagogie, 2019 (pr)
The Bürgenstock Resort by Romano CuonzNZZ Libro, 2018 (pr)
Street Smart Awareness and Inquiry-in-Action by Heidi Gutekunst, Jane Allen and William R. TorbertAmara Collaboration Oy, 2018 (ed)
Aletsch: Of Ice and Men Directed by Caroline FinkMirapix, 2016 (tr)
Below are some recent works for which I have translated, edited or proofread one or more chapters:
Die Zukunft denken Edited by Martin MeyerNZZ Libro, 2021 (ed)
Concepts of Urban-Environmental History Edited by Martin Knoll, Detlev Mares and Sebastian HaumannTranscript, 2020 (ed/tr)
Wendezeiten Edited by Martin MeyerNZZ Libro, 2020 (ed)
Bern: Insider Guide by Mirko Beetschen and Stéphane HoulmannZytglogge, 2019 (tr)
Multipolare Welt Edited by Martin MeyerNZZ Libro, 2019 (ed)