Fern Beattie

Fern Beattie – Editor

Experienced poetry editor and founder of indie publisher Write Bloody UK. I am also a poet, with 3 of my own published collections.

Overview

I specialise in line and developmental editing for poetry collections, but in the past year have branched out to editing fiction and memoir, and am keen to explore this in more depth. In order to edit your work to the best of my ability, I will want to get a feel for you as a person. I work best liaising by email (but am happy to schedule video/phone calls if necessary) and we'll start by having a chat about exactly what you are looking for from this experience. My editing is about you, not me - I almost want to be like a ghost in the background tidying things up without removing any of your character from the work. I strongly believe in artistic licence so I do not cull or cut dramatically unless you ask me to - I will be ruthless with obvious errors, but anything open to interpretation I will always check in with you first and offer guidance and gentle suggestion.


I am also available for query letter editing. Together we will look at your chosen agent's requirements, you will draft a query letter and I will help you get it into ship shape with two rounds of edits.

Services
Fiction
Poetry
Languages
English (UK)

Work experience

Write Bloody UK

Sep, 2020 — Present

I edit and proofread full length poetry collections for Write Bloody UK

Portfolio

Pendulum

Beattie, Fern

Deadname

Connolly, Abhainn

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Look How Alive

Lauren, Hollingsworth-Smith

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The Cardboard Sublime

Sedano-Jones, Oliver

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Hard Summer

Matos, Francisca

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Ping!

Whiteley, Iain

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
What We Are Given

O' Neill, Ollie

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Fern has 8 reviews

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Jacquelyn M.

Jacquelyn M.

Jun, 2024

Fern was great to work with. She gave me wonderful advice and helped me better my book in so many ways. Super responsive and beautifully honest!
Fern B.
Thank you so much Jacquelyn! It was a pleasure working with you.
Martha M.

Martha M.

May, 2024

Fern is patient, professional and talented. She took the time to understand exactly what I needed from her editing services and delivered above and beyond my expectations. As I'm a new poet, Fern took the time to explain why she was making certain changes, and even gave me the opportunity to fix the issues myself before she ultimately cleaned up any errors. As a result, not only is my poetry mo...
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Fern B.
Thank you so so much! Would equally enjoy working with you again in the future.
River M.

River M.

Mar, 2024

Fern was an absolutely amazing person to work with, I’m new to editing my work and sharing and she helped me understand my options and choose the best service she offers for what I needed. She gave timely responses and answered any questions I had throughout the process. She’s a wonderful person and if I needed this sort of work again I would definitely work with her again.
Isabella B.

Isabella B.

Mar, 2024

Fern was extremely helpful in all areas; I feel that she really brought my piece together and made it truly coherent. She was especially helpful and efficient, and very communicative throughout the entire process. This was my first time working with an editor, and I feel so grateful with how wonderful the experience was!
Fern B.
Thank you for such lovely words Isabella! It was a pleasure working with you.
Catherine R.

Catherine R.

Mar, 2024

It has been an absolute joy working with Fern for proofreading my children's picture book poem. She is very knowledgable on poetry punctuation, and exceptionally professional in her approach to proofreading. She was engaging from start to finish, and went above and beyond with followup answers to my questions that seemed to keep popping up after the project was complete. She is timely, and perf...
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