Amy Butcher

Amy Butcher - Editor Tick

Montreal, Canada

I want readers to love your book and live in your world, gripped by your words, desperate to keep reading.

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I'm a seasoned copy editor and developmental editor who is in love with drama, storytelling and style. I push you to create a searing story that grabs audiences and doesn't let them go. I pride myself on helping authors dig deep to write new and original books with solid structure and pacing that readers eat up.

With an academic background in drama, linguistics and editing, I can help you tackle any area, from pesky grammar mistakes to character arcs and story structure. I'm honest and encouraging and will give you feedback that helps you improve. Overall, I want to help you write the story you want to write while ensuring your book is something that readers want to read.

Testimonials:
"Amy edited the first two books in my 'Dark Horizon' thriller series. As a new writer, choosing the right editor for your manuscript can be a daunting process. But with Amy, it was clear from the start I had not only found an eminently qualified professional, but an ally in making my work as good as it could be. Through her diligent work, both my manuscripts were significantly improved and tightened. Very skilled at the technical heavy lifting of copy editing, Amy also gives an expert eye across the big-picture view of a story--and has a genuine understanding of the genre. She has become a trusted copilot. Skilled, responsive, honest and always professional. And finally, she is just a nice person to do business with. Yes, choosing an editor is a difficult process. I was lucky to choose Amy."

"I knew in my gut that I had a strong book, so putting my manuscript into Amy's hands was a major step toward making it great. With a quick turnaround, she applied aspects of structure, motif, and character development to my re-write, aspects crucial to being taken seriously as a writer. Not to mention the 800+ grammar and syntax surprises she wrangled out of it. Most of my reviews mention that my book is well-written or well-crafted, and I owe much of that to Amy's skills as an editor."

"I'm so glad I hired Amy. Her editing improved both the overall structure and the little details in my manuscript. She added clarity, punch and focus to my book without losing my writing style. Amy's thorough, direct and caring feedback were essential to producing a final product that I'm proud of."

"Amy Butcher edited my first crime novel, 'The Dreams that Make Us', and I could not have dreamt of a better editor. She was fantastic. Her calm, positive, efficient and encouraging support and approach was just what was needed. I welcomed her honest opinions and sound advice as she threw herself into the project going beyond the call of duty. However there was a downside. Despite being an English lawyer, I realised on reading Amy's edits just how poor my English actually was!"

Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Thriller

Certifications

  • Member of the American Copy Editors Society
  • Member of Editors Canada

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2006 – Present (almost 13 years)

For Crime, Mystery and Thriller Authors:
- Fix issues with plot, pacing and structure
- Help you develop characters, dialogue and scenes
- Make suggestions for stylistic editing
- Push you to come up with original ideas for your genre

For Biography and Memoir Authors:
- Help you develop the dramatic arc and controlling theme/idea of your life story
- Hone your ideas to just the essential information
- Give you ways to enhance dramatic tension

For Business authors:
- Help you pinpoint the big benefit of your book for your readers
- Restructure your ideas into a logical sequence that readers don't have to work to understand
- Turn your book into a true sales tool for your business
- Ensure consistency with your overall brand

Portfolio (8 selected works)

The History of Things to Come (The Dark Horizon Trilogy Book 1)

Duncan Simpson

The mind of a genius can hold the darkest of secretsA razor-sharp thriller.A Bosnian gangster is gunned down in a packed London restaurant. In his possession is a notebook once belonging to Isaac Newton. This is just the latest in a series of shocking crimes connected to objects once belonging to the famous scientist. The police are stumped and the pressure for an arrest is mounting. Enter Vin... read more

The mind of a genius can hold the darkest of secretsA razor-sharp thriller.A Bosnian gangster is gunned down in a packed London restaurant. In his possession is a notebook once belonging to Isaac Newton. This is just the latest in a series of shocking crimes connected to objects once belonging to the famous scientist. The police are stumped and the pressure for an arrest is mounting. Enter Vin... read more

The Devil's Architect (The Dark Horizon Trilogy Book 2)

Duncan Simpson

Four Brutal Murders, Four Mysterious Churches, One Terrifying Purpose.A razor-sharp thrillerBuckle up for the second spine-chilling instalment of the Dark Horizon Trilogy, from bestselling thriller author Duncan Simpson. Driven by unearthly visions, a convicted killer escapes from a maximum-security psychiatric hospital. Days later a woman is ritualistically murdered in the grounds of a myster... read more

Four Brutal Murders, Four Mysterious Churches, One Terrifying Purpose.A razor-sharp thrillerBuckle up for the second spine-chilling instalment of the Dark Horizon Trilogy, from bestselling thriller author Duncan Simpson. Driven by unearthly visions, a convicted killer escapes from a maximum-security psychiatric hospital. Days later a woman is ritualistically murdered in the grounds of a myster... read more

The Dreams that Make Us

andrew argyle

A new life in a wheelchair is challenging for Mike Miller, especially after a care-free youth marked by tragedy, but he finds calm and comfort after marrying the beautiful and angelic Lindsey. However, his settled life comes crashing down when, in the same day, he not only hears that his perfect wife has been murdered but also learns that she may have been having an affair. After receiving a w... read more

A new life in a wheelchair is challenging for Mike Miller, especially after a care-free youth marked by tragedy, but he finds calm and comfort after marrying the beautiful and angelic Lindsey. However, his settled life comes crashing down when, in the same day, he not only hears that his perfect wife has been murdered but also learns that she may have been having an affair. After receiving a w... read more

The Right Response: How to get back on the road to success and well-being after a professional setback.

Katherine Tersago

Has a job loss affected your personal well-being? Are you feeling dissatisfied after being restructured into a lesser role? Do you see other people thrive despite adversity and wonder what you’re doing wrong? Then The Right Response is for you. Katherine Tersago uses her extensive expertise as a change management consultant—and a passion for bringing humanity to organizational changes—to let y... read more

Has a job loss affected your personal well-being? Are you feeling dissatisfied after being restructured into a lesser role? Do you see other people thrive despite adversity and wonder what you’re doing wrong? Then The Right Response is for you. Katherine Tersago uses her extensive expertise as a change management consultant—and a passion for bringing humanity to organizational changes—to let y... read more

Van Gogh in Peppers: a self-portrait of male depression

Christopher Scott Downing

"If you are trying to understand how depression affects men, you need to read this book!" -AMAZON REVIEWER Recently, Christopher Scott Downing documented his failed attempt to overcome depression without doctors, therapists, or medication. The result is a Mr. Fix-it caper gone absurdly wrong. It's hilarious at times, deeply personal, and ultimately eye-opening. Finally, it's a wake up call to ... read more

"If you are trying to understand how depression affects men, you need to read this book!" -AMAZON REVIEWER Recently, Christopher Scott Downing documented his failed attempt to overcome depression without doctors, therapists, or medication. The result is a Mr. Fix-it caper gone absurdly wrong. It's hilarious at times, deeply personal, and ultimately eye-opening. Finally, it's a wake up call to ... read more

Work Like Nature: Sustainability lessons from ecosystems for your job or business

Lea Elliott

Do you want to take action at work that will benefit you, your job and your community as much as it helps the environment? Lea Elliott's Work Like Nature presents lessons from nature to help you make sense of sustainability and start making a difference.These ecosystem ideas are illustrated through inspiring stories from Vancouver-area green innovators. See how these bright thinkers from a var... read more

Do you want to take action at work that will benefit you, your job and your community as much as it helps the environment? Lea Elliott's Work Like Nature presents lessons from nature to help you make sense of sustainability and start making a difference.These ecosystem ideas are illustrated through inspiring stories from Vancouver-area green innovators. See how these bright thinkers from a var... read more

Understanding Requirements

David Gelperin

The challenges and opportunities inherent in the expanding role of software and in Agile development have caused an evolution in our understanding of requirements development (RD). The purpose of this book is to share new RD perspectives and pragmatic techniques based on this evolving understanding. The book provides new perspectives on the goals and strategies of RD as well as the nature of r... read more

The challenges and opportunities inherent in the expanding role of software and in Agile development have caused an evolution in our understanding of requirements development (RD). The purpose of this book is to share new RD perspectives and pragmatic techniques based on this evolving understanding. The book provides new perspectives on the goals and strategies of RD as well as the nature of r... read more

The Logos Code (The Dark Horizon Trilogy Book 3)

Duncan Simpson

The Logos CodeIn the beginning was the Logos …When a respected Freemason is executed in a mysterious Templar cave, the police turn to antiquities investigator Vincent Blake for assistance. What was the Freemason protecting? And who would kill him for it?After a second Freemason is murdered, Blake discovers a coded letter written by London’s genius architect Christopher Wren that sets him on a ... read more

The Logos CodeIn the beginning was the Logos …When a respected Freemason is executed in a mysterious Templar cave, the police turn to antiquities investigator Vincent Blake for assistance. What was the Freemason protecting? And who would kill him for it?After a second Freemason is murdered, Blake discovers a coded letter written by London’s genius architect Christopher Wren that sets him on a ... read more

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Frank McIlwee

Amy is continuing to work with me as I plough through the second draft of my first novel. She is highly professional, thorough and extremely knowledgeable. She has helped me keep on track with premise, character development, plot and structure. Our collaboration is proving to be an extremely valuable cornerstone for the whole project.

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Frank McIlwee, September 2018


Bonnie M

Amy was a true professional who provided a detailed and insightful edit of my novel, providing careful recommendations for improvement respective of my vision. She listened and provided me the tools to take my book to the next level. I would highly recommend Amy.

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Bonnie M, May 2018


Carole King

I feel very fortunate to have found Amy on Reedsy. I just received my feedback from her on my first novel. She has provided concrete steps to improve my work and has given me insight into variations on the thriller genre that I did not realize I had wandered into. These insights will make the story richer and sharpen my skills. The feedback form Amy is exhaustive and worth more than the fe...

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Carole King, May 2018


Josh Dellaire

Amy is a very thoughtful editor. She outlined the problems with the current phase of my manuscript and provided me with the tools necessary for the next phase and beyond. Her patience with my wordy drivel was nothing short of outstanding. Even for someone new like me she is very approachable and works quickly to get to the point. It was an honour to work with her.

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Josh Dellaire, February 2018


Frank McIlwee

Amy is the complete professional. As well as offering a comprehensive analysis of the current draft of my thriller she has also helped me develop a plan for the next phase. She has brought energy and extensive expertise to the collaboration. She has highlighted those areas of the manuscript in need of improvement as well as offering encouragement in relation to its strengths. I look forward to ...

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Frank McIlwee, June 2017

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