Alex James

Alex James - Editor

Leeds, UK

Alex James is a freelance copy editor and proofreader, based in Leeds, United Kingdom, with a passion for science fiction and fantasy!

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Alex James is a freelance copy editor and proofreader, based in Leeds, United Kingdom, with a passion for science fiction and fantasy!

I’m trained as a copy editor and proofreader, however, I have experience of the self-publishing process, having written and published four of my books so far. I know what it's like to be an author, and I can relate to some of the concerns authors have about their stories before and after publishing. I’ve worked with independent authors on science fiction, dystopian, fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, drama, fantasy-romance, and short stories.

My services: I’ve carried out critiques, copy editing, and proofreading. I like to think my copy edit is a ‘copy edit and a half’. Please visit my website for more details on my copy editing service, what others have said; or get in touch.

I’ve qualifications in copy editing and proofreading from the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) and the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) when it was the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) before 2020. I hope to attend the next CIEP conference, and to take more courses in future years to consolidate my knowledge.

I also have experience working on non-fiction for organisations and companies: interviews, reviews, features, articles, book blurbs, blog posts, biographies, promotional copy, and press releases.

In my spare time I read science fiction, fantasy, historical, and classics and I review them on my blog. I’m a fan of the Dune series, among others. I write, rewrite, and sweat over my own writing, usually larger works like novels, based on characters with Asperger Syndrome. I like the dynamic between weakness and strength there. I’d say I’m obsessive about improving my own writing. I love engaging with writers. On occasion I play chess online.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Coming of Age
Epic Fantasy
Horror
Romance
Science Fiction
Short Story

Certifications

  • Basic Proofreading - Publishing Training Centre
  • Proofreading Progress - Society for Editors and Proofreaders
  • Introduction to Copy Editing - Society for Editors and Proofreaders
  • Introduction to Fiction Editing - Society for Editors and Proofreaders

Work experience

Volunteer Editor

The State of The Arts
December, 2014 – July, 2015 (7 months)

Editing book and film reviews, interviews, informal news features, and events. I also drafted events and posts to Wordpress.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Leros of the Underworld: The Tournament

Nathan Anton

Smart, handsome, and popular, Leros is as normal as it gets in public. However beneath the surface Leros must control extraordinary power, and satisfy the wicked curses that plague him. In a tragic event, Leros loses that which he holds dear, forcing a sinister alter ego, Demiro, to emerge and bring forth terrible destruction. In the aftermath Leros learns of his true nature and birth-right in... read more

Smart, handsome, and popular, Leros is as normal as it gets in public. However beneath the surface Leros must control extraordinary power, and satisfy the wicked curses that plague him. In a tragic event, Leros loses that which he holds dear, forcing a sinister alter ego, Demiro, to emerge and bring forth terrible destruction. In the aftermath Leros learns of his true nature and birth-right in... read more

Atkinson's Adversary (The Reaper Series) (Volume 3)

Mr John Paul Bernett

This is the 3rd book in the Reaper Series. It follows the surviving characters from Atkinson's Armageddon the Reaper Series book 2 as they team up with some new Characters to face The Reapers biggest challenge to date. His Adversary hails from the Dark Realm and is intent on revenge. An ancient wrong must be put right; placing hate into solitude breeds revenge…revenge to be unleashed upon an u... read more

This is the 3rd book in the Reaper Series. It follows the surviving characters from Atkinson's Armageddon the Reaper Series book 2 as they team up with some new Characters to face The Reapers biggest challenge to date. His Adversary hails from the Dark Realm and is intent on revenge. An ancient wrong must be put right; placing hate into solitude breeds revenge…revenge to be unleashed upon an u... read more

Defenders of the Underworld

Nathan Anton

Video game and anime inspired, with virtual reality, dark magical girls, and limitless dimensions. A dangerous adversary threatens the Underworld and it is up to Leros and his humanoid companions to stop them. Leros is a powerful homunculus with a caring personality. After suddenly discovering his lineage as ruler of the Underworld, he found purpose in making the afterlife fun-for-all, especia... read more

Video game and anime inspired, with virtual reality, dark magical girls, and limitless dimensions. A dangerous adversary threatens the Underworld and it is up to Leros and his humanoid companions to stop them. Leros is a powerful homunculus with a caring personality. After suddenly discovering his lineage as ruler of the Underworld, he found purpose in making the afterlife fun-for-all, especia... read more

Forty Birthdays

Long, Jason G.

Liberty Farm

Biddulph, Dean

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