Alison Birch

Alison Birch - Editor

Leeds, UK

Friendly, creative and helpful copy-editor specialising in novel-length fiction. Intermediate-level SfEP member, ALLi partner member.

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Overview

Fiction is my favourite - I've edited crime, romance and sci-fi - but I'm willing to tackle anything within reason (I've worked on subjects as diverse as EU banking law, organising a funeral, and piezoelectric motors!).
I'm friendly and approachable, not averse to an Oxford comma or two, and I'm always happy to provide sample edits if required. The writers I've edited for have always given me excellent feedback (some of which you can see on my LinkedIn profile) and I've enjoyed building productive and creative working relationships with them.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Humor & Comedy
Literature
Romance
Thriller

Certifications

  • Intermediate member, SfEP
  • Approved Partner Member, Alliance of Independent Authors

Work experience

Copyeditor / Proofreader

Self-employed
August, 2018 – Present (12 months)

I set up my editing business in August 2018, while I was still working full-time in the NHS. Since then, I have edited novels, website copy, nonfiction books and postgraduate-level study materials.
Editing is now my full-time job.

Consultant Clinical Scientist

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
January, 1992 – March, 2019 (about 27 years)

I spent 27 years working as a Clinical Scientist in a hospital diagnostic laboratory, specialising in Genetics.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Third Rule: a gripping CSI Mystery Thriller (Eddie Collins Book 1)

Andrew Barrett

Looking for your new favourite CSI mystery? Then discover the unmissable The Third Rule today.Propelled by a wave of atrocities, the government introduces a severe code of capital punishment. They designed The Rules to rid England of serious crime, but they failed. They said The Rules were infallible, but they lied.Christian Ledger, an innocent man and a talented artist is charged with a fatal... read more

Looking for your new favourite CSI mystery? Then discover the unmissable The Third Rule today.Propelled by a wave of atrocities, the government introduces a severe code of capital punishment. They designed The Rules to rid England of serious crime, but they failed. They said The Rules were infallible, but they lied.Christian Ledger, an innocent man and a talented artist is charged with a fatal... read more

A Long Time Dead (SOCO Roger Conniston Book 1)

Andrew Barrett

Do you like realistic forensic-based crime thrillers?They discovered her naked body with a puncture wound to her neck and blood everywhere. This was the second such case West Yorkshire Police had running. Both unsolved.Until they found that one elusive piece of evidence.SOCO Roger Conniston is tantalisingly close to catching an arms dealer. But before he can make a move, he’s arrested for the ... read more

Do you like realistic forensic-based crime thrillers?They discovered her naked body with a puncture wound to her neck and blood everywhere. This was the second such case West Yorkshire Police had running. Both unsolved.Until they found that one elusive piece of evidence.SOCO Roger Conniston is tantalisingly close to catching an arms dealer. But before he can make a move, he’s arrested for the ... read more

Stealing Elgar (SOCO Roger Conniston Book 2)

Andrew Barrett

“Examining crime scenes was never supposed to get personal.”Roger Conniston has a lot to prove and a lot to protect. He’s up against an ex-bare-knuckle fighter called Hades who is planning the most audacious robbery in England’s history.For Hades, the success of this ‘one last job’ is paramount. He’s planned it in meticulous detail, from the explosive diversions that will shock the nation, to ... read more

“Examining crime scenes was never supposed to get personal.”Roger Conniston has a lot to prove and a lot to protect. He’s up against an ex-bare-knuckle fighter called Hades who is planning the most audacious robbery in England’s history.For Hades, the success of this ‘one last job’ is paramount. He’s planned it in meticulous detail, from the explosive diversions that will shock the nation, to ... read more

No More Tears (SOCO Roger Conniston Book 3)

Andrew Barrett

“It’ll screw you up into a tiny ball of hatred and then spit you out into a cell.”SOCO, Roger Conniston, always believed in the law. Not now though. Now he believes only in himself. He has business with people who have no right being alive, and if success costs him everything they left him with, he’ll happily pay. For him, this is a journey into places he didn’t know existed, encountering peop... read more

“It’ll screw you up into a tiny ball of hatred and then spit you out into a cell.”SOCO, Roger Conniston, always believed in the law. Not now though. Now he believes only in himself. He has business with people who have no right being alive, and if success costs him everything they left him with, he’ll happily pay. For him, this is a journey into places he didn’t know existed, encountering peop... read more

The End of Lies: a gripping thriller you won't be able to put down

Andrew Barrett

My name is Becky. I arrived home to find my husband, Chris, stabbed to death and a gang of men ransacking our house.Turns out that Chris has something that belongs to them. And if I want to stay alive, I have to find it and return it. They have given me seven days. And a beating.There is nowhere to hide and no time left to look. So I will stand my ground as the deadline approaches. All I have ... read more

My name is Becky. I arrived home to find my husband, Chris, stabbed to death and a gang of men ransacking our house.Turns out that Chris has something that belongs to them. And if I want to stay alive, I have to find it and return it. They have given me seven days. And a beating.There is nowhere to hide and no time left to look. So I will stand my ground as the deadline approaches. All I have ... read more

Sword of Damocles

Andrew Barrett

When the remains of a woman are found in a burnt-out car, Eddie Collins reluctantly teams up with his enemy, DI Benson, to untangle the knot of lies behind this apparent suicide. In the midst of all this, Eddie's life grows more complicated by the day; his perfect relationship is suffocating him. As a CSI in the Major Crime Unit, he is also being forced to accept a promotion that he doesn't wa... read more

When the remains of a woman are found in a burnt-out car, Eddie Collins reluctantly teams up with his enemy, DI Benson, to untangle the knot of lies behind this apparent suicide. In the midst of all this, Eddie's life grows more complicated by the day; his perfect relationship is suffocating him. As a CSI in the Major Crime Unit, he is also being forced to accept a promotion that he doesn't wa... read more

The Lock: A CSI Eddie Collins Novella

Andrew Barrett

I'm Eddie Collins, a CSI. This is the story of how I saw a dead man die.I was finishing up at a sudden death in an old house, waiting for the body snatchers to arrive, when I heard a noise from the cellar.I had time to kill, so I went to investigate.Turns out I wasn't the only one with killing on his mind.If you like fast-paced crime thrillers with a forensic slant, raw emotions, and character... read more

I'm Eddie Collins, a CSI. This is the story of how I saw a dead man die.I was finishing up at a sudden death in an old house, waiting for the body snatchers to arrive, when I heard a noise from the cellar.I had time to kill, so I went to investigate.Turns out I wasn't the only one with killing on his mind.If you like fast-paced crime thrillers with a forensic slant, raw emotions, and character... read more

A Means to an End (A gripping emotional page-turner with a twist you'll never see coming)

Peter Martin

Raymond had known hardship from a very early age. He witnessed his mother’s suicide and his father’s alcoholism. Throughout his teenage years he had suffered pain and neglect and swore to make something of himself – whatever the cost. Driven by ruthless ambition and a passion for cooking almost as strong as his passion for women, he became a chef. But he wanted more.Diane, a girl he met at a n... read more

Raymond had known hardship from a very early age. He witnessed his mother’s suicide and his father’s alcoholism. Throughout his teenage years he had suffered pain and neglect and swore to make something of himself – whatever the cost. Driven by ruthless ambition and a passion for cooking almost as strong as his passion for women, he became a chef. But he wanted more.Diane, a girl he met at a n... read more

Immortal

Nick M Lloyd

“We’re coming to help.”That’s the message humanity receives from the depths of space.The senders, calling themselves the Ankor, claim a colossal gamma ray burst from a supernova will engulf the Earth in less than a year, sterilising all life.But they provide no proof … only demands that all countries must prepare to build an enormous shield in orbit around the Earth. Francis MacKenzie, industr... read more

“We’re coming to help.”That’s the message humanity receives from the depths of space.The senders, calling themselves the Ankor, claim a colossal gamma ray burst from a supernova will engulf the Earth in less than a year, sterilising all life.But they provide no proof … only demands that all countries must prepare to build an enormous shield in orbit around the Earth. Francis MacKenzie, industr... read more

The Death of Jessica Ripley: Sometimes you can't forgive and forget (CSI Eddie Collins Book 5)

Andrew Barrett

Sometimes you can’t forgive and forget.Jessica Ripley didn’t kill her ex-husband. But everyone thinks she did. After serving twelve years for his murder, it’s time to get her own back on those who put her inside.During those twelve years, Jessy’s son, Michael, has turned against her. Whatever mercy Jessy had for her intended victims, has gone.CSI Eddie Collins is having a hard time watching hi... read more

Sometimes you can’t forgive and forget.Jessica Ripley didn’t kill her ex-husband. But everyone thinks she did. After serving twelve years for his murder, it’s time to get her own back on those who put her inside.During those twelve years, Jessy’s son, Michael, has turned against her. Whatever mercy Jessy had for her intended victims, has gone.CSI Eddie Collins is having a hard time watching hi... read more

Tendons, Healed Naturally: How I cured my Achilles tendinitis, tendinosis, tendinopathy

Steve JP Hayes

Soft tissue disorders can affect eighteen out of every thousand. If you’re unlucky enough to have Achilles tendinitis, you have probably suffered in silence, but you’re doing less sport, less running or even just less walking. This chronic disorder will negatively affect your health because it prevents you from being as mobile as you were before. Having been a long-distance runner, I had to st... read more

Soft tissue disorders can affect eighteen out of every thousand. If you’re unlucky enough to have Achilles tendinitis, you have probably suffered in silence, but you’re doing less sport, less running or even just less walking. This chronic disorder will negatively affect your health because it prevents you from being as mobile as you were before. Having been a long-distance runner, I had to st... read more

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