I'm not here to rewrite your book.
I want to help you strengthen your narrative voice, polish your craft and deliver a book that's true to your vision.
I can edit at all points on the scale, from a full developmental overhaul to a close-up copy polish.
I focus on:
• Style. Tightening description, killing redundancies, spotting tics and repetitions.
• Structure. Ensuring every scene adds to the story and moves it forward.
• Characters. Keeping them real and relatable.
I'm open, collaborative and friendly. (Happy to discuss the book first - to determine what kind of edit might work best.)
Oh, and I love working with new and developing authors.
**FIVE-STAR REEDSY REVIEWS**
"Very thorough. A detailed and in-depth examination of the text. Andy doesn't miss anything and does an excellent job of making me (the writer) look competent! Always ready to offer additional support, advice and input. His approach is collaborative and he takes a real and positive interest. Very happy to recommend him to anyone looking to publish high-quality and polished text."
- Jim Carmichael, Author
"Andrew was fantastic! He was so easy to work with and he was really respectful of my work and bringing it to the best it could be. I look forward to working with him again as often as my writing speed allows."
- Chele Cooke, Author
"It was a real pleasure. Andrew's comments were relevant, insightful and his edits helped to really pep up the prose. The book is a lot more punchy as a result. Couldn't have done it without him."
- David Impey, Author
"Andrew was fantastic to work with. Maintaining your voice in editing is sometimes difficult but Andrew got what I was working toward instantly. I'm looking forward to working with him in the future."
- Steve Abbott, Author & Screenwriter
"Andrew offers excellent services and is extremely attentive and thoughtful as an editor. Highly recommended to anybody looking for a freelance editor with true professionalism and appreciation for their craft."
- Magdalene Sullivan, Author
I specialise in adult commercial fiction, but I have two sons who are both big readers, and so I also like to work on books aimed at younger readers – particularly Young Adult/Middle Grade.
In my career in journalism, I have worked with major titles such as Vogue, GQ, Wired and Total Film, and I've written for many high-profile publications including The Guardian and The Sunday Times.
I've written thousands of published words – short and long-form features, coverlines, headlines, reviews, interviews, marketing copy – and rewritten, restructured and recommissioned thousands more.
I have masses of experience in polishing work to improve structure, flow, punch and pace. I'm also a meticulous proofreader with a beady eye for typos and inconsistencies.
I've written four books myself (psychological thrillers) and I'm currently working on a crime series.
** MORE TESTIMONIALS **
"It was fantastic working with Andrew. Not only is he a consummate professional and polished every aspect of the prose, he also offered great suggestions for word replacement and plot consistency. He kept in regular contact over Skype and email, and gave me plenty of opportunity to discuss changes and style points. (Editors I’ve worked with in the past have simply handed over their version at the end of the process without much discussion.) Andrew even edited my blurb and front matter for me. I feel my book is a better product for having worked with him."
Ben Galley, Author
"I really enjoyed Andrew’s collaborative style. He helped me to see what I was doing right as well as focus on what I wasn’t. It’s clear that he loves editing, and his enthusiasm has reignited my own passion for learning my craft."
Eliza Green, Author
The Exilon 5 series
"As a first-time novelist, I was apprehensive about the editing process. But early in our first chat on Skype, Andrew put me at ease. He seemed to 'get it', regarding what I was trying to achieve, and his approach, using Skype sessions and informal email contacts, was very effective. He explained his suggested changes in a constructive and friendly way. I enjoyed the experience of working with Andrew and look forward to doing so again."
Andy Emery, Author
"After working on my debut novel for seven years, I was anxious that I wouldn't find an editor who could meet my standards. Andrew immediately proved my fears were misplaced. He really connected with the story in a great way that gave me confidence in his abilities, but the real magic was in his ability to sharpen the text's edge to help it cut like a razor. If you're looking for an approachable editor who will work closely with you not only preserve your writer's voice, but strengthen it, look no further--I certainly won't have to for my next book."
MF Sullivan, Author
'Delilah, My Woman'
"Andrew was an absolute pleasure to work with. He went the extra mile to ensure that I was happy with changes and that my writing retained the right voice. Our regular Skype chats, as well as updates of the manuscript as he progressed, made it a truly collaborative project. Having chatted to Andrew before we began, I felt so comfortable trusting him with my writing. He was passionate about the story and the characters and I knew he'd work hard to make them shine. I'm so happy that I chose to work with Andrew on this project and I'm eager to hire him for my next."
Chele Cooke, Author
'Rack and Ruin'
"Success in any project depends on the team you assemble and I knew without a doubt, within seconds of talking to Andrew, that we would work well together on my thriller, 'Reliance.' Andrew's notes were concise and to the point, which made my job as a writer so much easier and my finished product so much better. I highly recommend him as an editor and I will be using him again for my next book."
Steve Abbott, Author
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The sins of the father, the sins of the son. For years Sheriff Tom Gillman always did what the Baron asked of him. The same as his father did before him. Now that he’s grown a conscience, he’s being run out of town on a rail. His last day on the job,Tom decides to rob the town bank but he’s beaten to it by an out of town crew looking to make a fast and easy score. The robbery goes wrong and be... read more
“One final task before the fall...” The Bloodmoon has cut its crimson path across the sky, leaving both leech and lamprey reeling in its wake. With Rhin captured by Sift, and Lilain and Lurker left behind in Washingtown, Tonmerion Hark returns to London, where the fate of the Empire lies with the devilish Lord Dizali. In his quest for revenge, the young Hark recruits an unlikely and dangerous ... read more
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