Alexa Tewkesbury

Alexa Tewkesbury - Editor

Abbotskerswell, Newton Abbot, UK

Author, copy editor & proofreader offering a sensitive approach to editing fiction/non-fiction & children's books.

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Overview

I'm a freelance author, copy editor and proofreader and have considerable experience in copy editing and proofreading fiction and non-fiction, children's books and resources, and magazines. For over 13 years, I have worked with both independent authors/publishers and traditional publishing houses, including:

• SPCK Publishing (London)
• CWR (Farnham)
• Lion Hudson (Oxford)

My copy editing and proofreading services can help you achieve a professional finish that will do justice to your writing. I will offer comments on content and suggestions for sentence rewording, as necessary, to improve clarity and flow.

As an author myself, I appreciate the importance of clearly written text and polished presentation. At the same time, my editing approach will always be sensitive to your authorial voice. I care about the quality of your words as much as you do, and will work with you to help you achieve a professional finish to your writing.

Testimonial from a happy client:

'Alexa is an absolute pleasure to work with – professional, efficient and totally dependable. She’s hugely helpful when it comes to suggesting creative solutions within our publications, whether at copy editing or proofreading stages. You can absolutely count on her – she’s conscientious, collaborative and a joy to communicate with.'
Rebecca Berry, Lead Editor at CWR, Farnham, Surrey
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Children's - Non-fiction
Christian (Non-Fiction)
Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Picture Books

Certifications

  • Qualified in Basic Proofreading via The Publishing Training Centre

Awards

  • Winner of UK Christian Books Awards 2006 (children's category) for 'It's A Boy!'
  • Driver Award for best feature film at Coventry International Film Festival 2016 for 'My Month With Mrs Potter' from MonkeyDribble Films (my screenplay)

Work experience

Author, copy editor and proofreader

Self-employed
September, 2005 – Present (almost 15 years)

With over 13 years' experience in running a highly recommended editorial business, I undertake a range of editorial projects, working regularly with independent authors and traditional publishers of fiction and non-fiction. In addition to the books listed in my portfolio, I also proofread bi-monthly magazines for children ('Topz') and teenagers ('YP's'), both produced by CWR in Farnham, as well as The Prayer Book Society's magazine, 'The Prayer Book Today'.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

DEAD INNOCENT (a crime thriller mystery novel (Varcy and Kendrick Book 2))

Stephen Davison

I move slowly, and deliberately. There is no need to rush. This is a day of pleasure not of pain …I come here to think through my strategies. I mentally check them off one by one. The arena I enter when I’m fully engaged in my work must be left as though I’d never been near. No trace, no trail and no clues.I am a ghost.Rita Sidhu is a smart young scientist with a bright future. She's already m... read more

I move slowly, and deliberately. There is no need to rush. This is a day of pleasure not of pain …I come here to think through my strategies. I mentally check them off one by one. The arena I enter when I’m fully engaged in my work must be left as though I’d never been near. No trace, no trail and no clues.I am a ghost.Rita Sidhu is a smart young scientist with a bright future. She's already m... read more

THE HUNTED KIND - a crime thriller mystery novel (Varcy and Kendrick Book 3)

Stephen Davison

The hunted woman had arrived an hour before. She’d checked the three rooms of her small London flat in case of break in or ambush but found nothing to alarm her. Then she had taken off her shoes and her coat and laid down on the bed. She lay quietly in the darkness. One hand was folded under her head. With the other she smoked a cigarette. The luminescent tip danced around in space like a fire... read more

The hunted woman had arrived an hour before. She’d checked the three rooms of her small London flat in case of break in or ambush but found nothing to alarm her. Then she had taken off her shoes and her coat and laid down on the bed. She lay quietly in the darkness. One hand was folded under her head. With the other she smoked a cigarette. The luminescent tip danced around in space like a fire... read more

The Chancer

Shane Lynch, Steve Legg

A World of Difference: 12 men and women whose faith helped change their world

Bob Hartman

A World of Difference is a collection of the incredible stories of 12 people in history who made a dramatic difference to the world around them.From well-known to lesser-known heroes, children ages 6 to 8 will read about the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Cecil Jackson Cole, and Elizabeth Fry, among others, to see how these people were inspired by their Christian faith to be a... read more

A World of Difference is a collection of the incredible stories of 12 people in history who made a dramatic difference to the world around them.From well-known to lesser-known heroes, children ages 6 to 8 will read about the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Cecil Jackson Cole, and Elizabeth Fry, among others, to see how these people were inspired by their Christian faith to be a... read more

Sarah's Shadow

Nick Jones

The multi-award-winning debut picture book by Nick Jones and Si Clark.If you could change something about yourself, would you do it?When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn't have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy? Find out in this award-winning pictu... read more

The multi-award-winning debut picture book by Nick Jones and Si Clark.If you could change something about yourself, would you do it?When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn't have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy? Find out in this award-winning pictu... read more

Amazing Agents of God: Megatastic Missions

Andy Robb

The Bible is full of amazing people who undertake megatastic missions for God - just like special agents. Andy Robb uses his unique story-telling style to portray Bible characters such as Joseph, Esther, Peter and Mary as agents on a mission from God. In reading the agents' reports, the imaginations of young readers can be transported to the middle of thrilling life-changing episodes. These me... read more

The Bible is full of amazing people who undertake megatastic missions for God - just like special agents. Andy Robb uses his unique story-telling style to portray Bible characters such as Joseph, Esther, Peter and Mary as agents on a mission from God. In reading the agents' reports, the imaginations of young readers can be transported to the middle of thrilling life-changing episodes. These me... read more

50 Barmiest Bible Stories (50 Bible Stories)

Andy Robb

A disco diva king, a prophet who became a bear’s lunch, a monarch with 1,000 wives to please, a bunch of rebels who were burned to a cinder ... loads of pretty barmy things happened in Bible times! Andy Robb, author of the Professor Bumblebrain series, has collected together the barmiest passages of Scripture in 50 Barmiest Bible Stories. Andy’s witty and conversational style, plus colourful i... read more

A disco diva king, a prophet who became a bear’s lunch, a monarch with 1,000 wives to please, a bunch of rebels who were burned to a cinder ... loads of pretty barmy things happened in Bible times! Andy Robb, author of the Professor Bumblebrain series, has collected together the barmiest passages of Scripture in 50 Barmiest Bible Stories. Andy’s witty and conversational style, plus colourful i... read more

Reboot your Business

Stephen Sacs (author)

How To Be Your Own Boss As A Single Mum

Ali Golds

Single mums are awesome! Not only do they hold their family together, often on their own, but they also have the job of providing emotionally and financially for their children. However, whilst lots of single mums might want to work, they can sometimes find the practicalities are just too overwhelming, particularly when their children are very young.And as for running their own business? Well,... read more

Single mums are awesome! Not only do they hold their family together, often on their own, but they also have the job of providing emotionally and financially for their children. However, whilst lots of single mums might want to work, they can sometimes find the practicalities are just too overwhelming, particularly when their children are very young.And as for running their own business? Well,... read more

Unshakeable Confidence (Inspiring Women)

Jen Baker

Confidence can take many guises, but what does true, unshakeable confidence look like? Guided by the truth and strength of God's Word and the power of His unwavering love for each one of us – and with vulnerable transparency – Jen walks us through her own journey from debilitating fear to unshakeable confidence.Unshakeable Confidence is separated into four sections: Foundational Keys, Immovabl... read more

Confidence can take many guises, but what does true, unshakeable confidence look like? Guided by the truth and strength of God's Word and the power of His unwavering love for each one of us – and with vulnerable transparency – Jen walks us through her own journey from debilitating fear to unshakeable confidence.Unshakeable Confidence is separated into four sections: Foundational Keys, Immovabl... read more

10 Things Worth Knowing About the Old Testament

Philip Greenslade

Illuminating ten key aspects from the Old Testament, this concise book provides engaging insights into the Bible that are worth knowing.Develop your understanding of the Old Testament by considering:How God reveals Himself in Scripture The importance of the history, law and the prophets The significance of the Exodus and Babylonian Exile How the Old Testament points to JesusWritten by Phil Gre... read more

Illuminating ten key aspects from the Old Testament, this concise book provides engaging insights into the Bible that are worth knowing.Develop your understanding of the Old Testament by considering:How God reveals Himself in Scripture The importance of the history, law and the prophets The significance of the Exodus and Babylonian Exile How the Old Testament points to JesusWritten by Phil Gre... read more

10 Things Worth Knowing About the New Testament

Philip Greenslade

Illuminating ten key aspects from the New Testament, this concise book provides engaging insights into the Bible that are worth knowing.Develop your understanding of the New Testament by considering:What the first Christians believed, and how the gospel spread How Jesus fulfils Old Testament Scripture Who wrote the epistles, and why How we can understand the book of RevelationWritten by Phil G... read more

Illuminating ten key aspects from the New Testament, this concise book provides engaging insights into the Bible that are worth knowing.Develop your understanding of the New Testament by considering:What the first Christians believed, and how the gospel spread How Jesus fulfils Old Testament Scripture Who wrote the epistles, and why How we can understand the book of RevelationWritten by Phil G... read more

more TRUTH: Searching for Certainty in an Uncertain World (more BOOKS)

Kristi Mair

LESS < LiesLESS < FakeLESS < DoubtMORE > TruthTruth is a tricky thing. Today, ‘the truth’ is not just hard to swallow; it is something we refuse to swallow. Truth is too certain, too divisive, too arrogant. In response, today’s truth is often one of relativism: what’s true for you might not be true for me. But if it’s sometimes true, and sometimes not, is it really truth at all?Jesus claimed t... read more

LESS < LiesLESS < FakeLESS < DoubtMORE > TruthTruth is a tricky thing. Today, ‘the truth’ is not just hard to swallow; it is something we refuse to swallow. Truth is too certain, too divisive, too arrogant. In response, today’s truth is often one of relativism: what’s true for you might not be true for me. But if it’s sometimes true, and sometimes not, is it really truth at all?Jesus claimed t... read more

40 Stories of Hope: How faith has changed prisoners' lives

A collection of stories from prisoners and their family members, the 40 remarkable testimonies in 40 Stories of Hope speak powerfully about the reality of encountering Jesus.Readers learn how they can find hope in Jesus, no matter who they are or what they've done or been through.Ideal especially during Lent, these 40 faith-inspiring stories can be read daily in the time immediately preceding ... read more

A collection of stories from prisoners and their family members, the 40 remarkable testimonies in 40 Stories of Hope speak powerfully about the reality of encountering Jesus.Readers learn how they can find hope in Jesus, no matter who they are or what they've done or been through.Ideal especially during Lent, these 40 faith-inspiring stories can be read daily in the time immediately preceding ... read more

Alexa has 4 reviews

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Hudson Walker
I cannot say enough about Alexa. Very proficient, highly skilled and professional and just all around very fun to work with. I love her ideas and creativity and would gladly use her again.

Hudson Walker, April 2020


John Higgins
Alexa made our story 'sing' !!!

John Higgins, October 2019

Alexa Tewkesbury
So pleased you're happy with the edited stories! It's been a real pleasure working with you. Thank you for the opportunity.

Reply from Alexa Tewkesbury


John Higgins
Alexa made our story shine :)

John Higgins, September 2019


John Higgins
Alexa did a superb job on our childrens picture books

John Higgins, September 2019

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