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Andrew Lowe

Andrew Lowe - Editor

London, England

Sharp-eyed but friendly copy/developmental editor with over fifteen years' editorial experience working with various publishers and genres.

Overview

I like to collaborate.


I believe that a good editor is both copy doctor and coach. They should be polishing the work until it gleams, but also steering and supporting the author to deliver a book that's true to their vision.

I don't edit by the yard. I know that every word is important and I will work hard to retain your original voice, while offering asides and suggestions – from the tiniest quirk of punctuation right up to help with blurb and marketing copy.

At the end of every job, I want to feel like an author has improved my editing as I've improved their writing.

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I'm most comfortable with drama, thrillers and rich psychological fiction. (My degree is psychology.) But I also love suspense, horror, literary fiction and sci-fi.

I have two sons who are both big readers, and so I also love to read and edit 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 reviewed books professionally, but I'm also a voracious reader.

My debut novel The Ghost was published in June 2015. I'm currently working on the follow-up, to be published in 2017.

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***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
'Bloodfeud'

"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 trilogy

"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
'Blood Tribute'

"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
'Reliance'

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Horror Literature Science Fiction Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Computers & Internet Philosophy Psychology Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships Sports & outdoor recreation

Work experience

Digital Manager

Conde Nast UK

December, 2012 – October, 2014 (almost 2 years)

Digital Editions Editor

Future PLC

August, 2011 – December, 2012 (over 1 year)

Digital Editor

Total Film Magazine

May, 2008 – August, 2011 (over 3 years)

Associate Editor (Creative)

Total Film Magazine

April, 2006 – May, 2008 (about 2 years)

Reviews Editor

Total Film Magazine

May, 2005 – April, 2006 (11 months)

Freelance Journalist

Freelance

March, 1999 – May, 2005 (about 6 years)

Deputy Editor

Total Film Magazine

August, 1997 – March, 1999 (over 1 year)

Editor

The .net Directory Magazine

January, 1996 – July, 1997 (over 1 year)

Editor

Sega Power Magazine

November, 1994 – December, 1995 (about 1 year)

Editor

GamesMaster Magazine

October, 1993 – November, 1994 (about 1 year)

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Rack and Ruin: A Dystopian Action Adventure Novel (Out of Orbit Dystopian Science Fiction Series Book 3)

Chele Cooke

“You ready to break out of the cage, little bird?”Georgianna Lennox has been released by her keeper Edtroka, who has sided with the Cahlven, a technologically advanced race exiled from her home planet hundreds of years earlier.When Edtroka disappears, Georgianna and a group of rebel friends are forced to embark on a dangerous scouting mission behind enemy lines.As the Cahlven’s true intentions... read more

“You ready to break out of the cage, little bird?”Georgianna Lennox has been released by her keeper Edtroka, who has sided with the Cahlven, a technologically advanced race exiled from her home planet hundreds of years earlier.When Edtroka disappears, Georgianna and a group of rebel friends are forced to embark on a dangerous scouting mission behind enemy lines.As the Cahlven’s true intentions... read more

Delilah, My Woman

M. F. Sullivan

A work which beckons the reader into complicity with his own inner demons, DELILAH, MY WOMAN, M. F. Sullivan's debut novel, tells the story of Richard Vasko, a troubled artist whose pursuit of fulfillment unravels down a depraved and bloody path. Obsessed by two women--the mysterious Susan Sinclair, and the effervescent Delilah Delacroix--as well as the morphing vision of his masterpiece, Rich... read more

A work which beckons the reader into complicity with his own inner demons, DELILAH, MY WOMAN, M. F. Sullivan's debut novel, tells the story of Richard Vasko, a troubled artist whose pursuit of fulfillment unravels down a depraved and bloody path. Obsessed by two women--the mysterious Susan Sinclair, and the effervescent Delilah Delacroix--as well as the morphing vision of his masterpiece, Rich... read more

Bloodfeud (The Scarlet Star Trilogy Book 3)

Ben Galley

“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

“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

Reliance

Steve Abbott

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

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

Echoes of Earth: A Dystopian Post Apocalyptic Novel (Prequel to the Exilon 5 Series Book 1)

Eliza Green

Read the prequels in order: Echoes of Earth, New Origin. Stuck on a desolate Earth no one wants to live on, Bill and Isla Taggart search for meaning in their work. A chance encounter with one man will change their fate forever. Join Bill and Isla as they face new challenges and discover new enemies. Echoes of Earth is a short story prequel to Becoming Human, set on Earth.

Read the prequels in order: Echoes of Earth, New Origin. Stuck on a desolate Earth no one wants to live on, Bill and Isla Taggart search for meaning in their work. A chance encounter with one man will change their fate forever. Join Bill and Isla as they face new challenges and discover new enemies. Echoes of Earth is a short story prequel to Becoming Human, set on Earth.

Feeder: Volume 1

Eliza Green

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