Sophie B

Sophie B - Editor

London

Developmental and structural editor specialising in fiction, with experience working with Sunday Times bestselling authors across genres.

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Overview

I’m a fiction editor with experience working across many genres, including romance, crime, suspense, historical and contemporary. I’ve worked with aspiring authors, debut novelists, and Sunday Times bestsellers, at every stage of the editorial process – from brainstorming ideas, to providing initial feedback on story and plot, to structural and line edits of a manuscript.


Whether you are looking to self-publish, for advice before submitting to agents, or for some help overcoming a tricky plot hole, I can help. I know sharing your work can be daunting, but a good editor will work wonders – giving you not only the confidence and clarity to take your writing to the next level, but also specific and constructive feedback that will immediately make a difference.


Do reach out with questions, or to request a quote!

Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Magical Realism
Psychological Thriller
Romantic Comedy
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Assistant Editor

HarperCollins
September, 2018 – April, 2021 (over 2 years)

Freelance editor

Self employed
September, 2017 – September, 2019 (about 2 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Daughters of War

Dinah Jefferies

The first book in a brand new sweeping historical series from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author. France, 1944. Deep in the river valley of the Dordogne, in an old stone cottage on the edge of a beautiful village, three sisters long for the end of the war. Hélène, the eldest, is trying her hardest to steer her family to safety, even as the Nazi occupation becomes more threatening. Elise,... read more

The first book in a brand new sweeping historical series from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author. France, 1944. Deep in the river valley of the Dordogne, in an old stone cottage on the edge of a beautiful village, three sisters long for the end of the war. Hélène, the eldest, is trying her hardest to steer her family to safety, even as the Nazi occupation becomes more threatening. Elise,... read more

Last Night

Mhairi McFarlane

Two best friends. One missed chance. And a night that changes everything. Eve, Justin, Susie and Ed have been friends since they were eighteen. Now in their 30s, the four are still as close as ever, Thursday pub quiz night is still sacred, and Eve is still secretly in love with Ed. Maybe Eve should have moved on by now, but she can’t stop thinking about what could have been. And she knows Ed s... read more

Two best friends. One missed chance. And a night that changes everything. Eve, Justin, Susie and Ed have been friends since they were eighteen. Now in their 30s, the four are still as close as ever, Thursday pub quiz night is still sacred, and Eve is still secretly in love with Ed. Maybe Eve should have moved on by now, but she can’t stop thinking about what could have been. And she knows Ed s... read more

Secrets of the Starcrossed (The Once and Future Queen, Book 1)

Clara O’Connor

An absolute must-read for fans of The Hunger Games... In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, two starcrossed lovers fight to ignite the spark of rebellion... Londinium, the last stronghold of the Romans left in Britannia, remains in a delicate state of peace with the ancient kingdoms that surround it. As the only daughter of a powerful merchant, Cassandra is betrothed to Marcus, the mos... read more

An absolute must-read for fans of The Hunger Games... In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, two starcrossed lovers fight to ignite the spark of rebellion... Londinium, the last stronghold of the Romans left in Britannia, remains in a delicate state of peace with the ancient kingdoms that surround it. As the only daughter of a powerful merchant, Cassandra is betrothed to Marcus, the mos... read more

The Secret Gift of Lucia Lemon

Celia Anderson

Don’t miss the enchanting, heartwarming new novel from the bestselling author... Available to pre-order now! Years of mystery lie inside the case, just waiting to be unravelled... After fifty-eight years of playing it safe, Lucia Lemon wants something more from life. If only she knew what... Until she receives a package in the post from an old friend that will change her life forever. Inside, ... read more

Don’t miss the enchanting, heartwarming new novel from the bestselling author... Available to pre-order now! Years of mystery lie inside the case, just waiting to be unravelled... After fifty-eight years of playing it safe, Lucia Lemon wants something more from life. If only she knew what... Until she receives a package in the post from an old friend that will change her life forever. Inside, ... read more

Contacts

Mark Watson

One man’s last journey. One hundred and fifty-eight chances to save his life. The unforgettable new book from award-winning writer and comedian Mark Watson! 'Mark Watson is one of my favourite writers and Contacts is by far his best book yet' Adam Kay ‘Witty, emotional and beautifully written’ Jill Mansell ‘It made me laugh, cry, reflect and want to check in on all my friends’ Emma Gannon 'Thi... read more

One man’s last journey. One hundred and fifty-eight chances to save his life. The unforgettable new book from award-winning writer and comedian Mark Watson! 'Mark Watson is one of my favourite writers and Contacts is by far his best book yet' Adam Kay ‘Witty, emotional and beautifully written’ Jill Mansell ‘It made me laugh, cry, reflect and want to check in on all my friends’ Emma Gannon 'Thi... read more

In the Lion’s Den: The House of Falconer

Barbara Taylor Bradford

From the bestselling author of A Woman of Substance, a page-turning epic Victorian historical family saga. London 1889: Victorian London is a place of wealth, privilege and poverty, a city of extremes. For James Falconer, who grew up as a barrow boy on a London market, it is a city of opportunity. Working his way up Henry Malvern’s trading company in Piccadilly, James faces fraud and betrayal.... read more

From the bestselling author of A Woman of Substance, a page-turning epic Victorian historical family saga. London 1889: Victorian London is a place of wealth, privilege and poverty, a city of extremes. For James Falconer, who grew up as a barrow boy on a London market, it is a city of opportunity. Working his way up Henry Malvern’s trading company in Piccadilly, James faces fraud and betrayal.... read more

The Lighthouse Witches

C.J. Cooke

Don’t miss the brand-new chilling thriller from the bestselling author... High upon the cliffs of a remote Scottish island, there is a lighthouse that has weathered storms for centuries. Liv Stay has fled to the island, Lòn Haven, with her three daughters – Saffy, Luna and Clover – to escape truths she’d rather not face. Lòn Haven was meant to be safe. But soon strange things start to happen. ... read more

Don’t miss the brand-new chilling thriller from the bestselling author... High upon the cliffs of a remote Scottish island, there is a lighthouse that has weathered storms for centuries. Liv Stay has fled to the island, Lòn Haven, with her three daughters – Saffy, Luna and Clover – to escape truths she’d rather not face. Lòn Haven was meant to be safe. But soon strange things start to happen. ... read more

On a Night Like This

Lindsey Kelk

Don’t miss the unforgettable new romcom from the Sunday Times bestselling author – the most feel-good Christmas book of 2021, available to pre-order now! When Fran Cooper accepts a mysterious temporary job as a PA to a celebrity, she is swept off her feet overnight. Working with internationally famous singer Juliette, Fran is the person charged with getting Juliette to the Crystal Ball, the gl... read more

Don’t miss the unforgettable new romcom from the Sunday Times bestselling author – the most feel-good Christmas book of 2021, available to pre-order now! When Fran Cooper accepts a mysterious temporary job as a PA to a celebrity, she is swept off her feet overnight. Working with internationally famous singer Juliette, Fran is the person charged with getting Juliette to the Crystal Ball, the gl... read more

Daughters of Cornwall

Fern Britton

The No.1 Sunday Times bestselling novel! Love can last a lifetime. But can it last three? 1918World War One is over. But Clara’s fight for her family is only just beginning... 1947Clara’s daughter, Hannah, is in love for the first time – but like her mother before her, she realises that everything comes at a price. In the devastating wake of World War Two, she must protect her baby, Caroline..... read more

The No.1 Sunday Times bestselling novel! Love can last a lifetime. But can it last three? 1918World War One is over. But Clara’s fight for her family is only just beginning... 1947Clara’s daughter, Hannah, is in love for the first time – but like her mother before her, she realises that everything comes at a price. In the devastating wake of World War Two, she must protect her baby, Caroline..... read more

Finding Henry Applebee

Celia Reynolds

‘An absolute delight. It’s beautiful and elegiac and written with such a good heart’ BAFTA award-winning screenwriter and producer Russell T. Davies OBE ‘A simply heart-string tugging book that offers a ready escape route from these testing time’ Jon Gower, Nation Cymru Here Henry was, once again in a bustling train station, ready to resume where he had left off all those years ago... Finding ... read more

‘An absolute delight. It’s beautiful and elegiac and written with such a good heart’ BAFTA award-winning screenwriter and producer Russell T. Davies OBE ‘A simply heart-string tugging book that offers a ready escape route from these testing time’ Jon Gower, Nation Cymru Here Henry was, once again in a bustling train station, ready to resume where he had left off all those years ago... Finding ... read more

Forgive Me

Susan Lewis

Don’t miss the brand-new book from the Sunday Times bestselling author Susan Lewis! I can’t forgive myself. Not after what I did. Could you? This is Claudia Winters’s last chance for a fresh start. Changing her name and leaving her old life behind, she has fled to the small town of Kesterly with her mother and daughter. Here, she hopes they can be safe for the first time in years. But the past... read more

Don’t miss the brand-new book from the Sunday Times bestselling author Susan Lewis! I can’t forgive myself. Not after what I did. Could you? This is Claudia Winters’s last chance for a fresh start. Changing her name and leaving her old life behind, she has fled to the small town of Kesterly with her mother and daughter. Here, she hopes they can be safe for the first time in years. But the past... read more

Rag-and-Bone Christmas

Dilly Court

Don’t miss the brand-new festive saga from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Dilly Court! Paradise Row, London. December 1865. Snow is falling fast and Sally Suggs is working tirelessly to bring in enough money to keep bread on the table. Her father, a skilled rag-and-bone man, has fallen ill and now Sally has taken up his trade. But this is a man’s world and competition is fierce, and ... read more

Don’t miss the brand-new festive saga from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Dilly Court! Paradise Row, London. December 1865. Snow is falling fast and Sally Suggs is working tirelessly to bring in enough money to keep bread on the table. Her father, a skilled rag-and-bone man, has fallen ill and now Sally has taken up his trade. But this is a man’s world and competition is fierce, and ... read more

Sophie has 8 reviews

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Annabelle Slator
Sophie was so helpful and eye-opening when giving feedback and suggestions for my manuscript. She balanced her critique really well; providing not just her own thoughts and advice but also resources and references to improve my overall skills as an author. I highly recommend Sophie for all your editing needs, I will definitely be working with her again. Thanks, Sophie!

Annabelle Slator, March 2022


Matilda Swinney
Sophie is a highly skilled and amazing editor. I can’t recommend Sophie more. My book has changed dramatically. Pacing has been wildly improved and I’ve been able to see things differently that were always there. Sophie will teach you how to make the changes, how to understand elements of your novel that you didn’t before and how to transform your work into the very best version . She is profes...
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Matilda Swinney, November 2021


Robert James Gibb
Working with Sophie has been a real pleasure. It's early days so far, but her encouragement, enthusiasm and advice has been first-rate. I have every expectation we will continue working together well into the future.

Robert James Gibb, July 2021


Donna Hunt
My experience of working with Sophie has been extremely positive. She has provided me with excellent feedback in the form of detail reports during our collaboration. She replied to messages promptly and professionally. I would definitely recommend working with Sophie, her advice and experience has been invaluable while drafting my first manuscript. Thank you Sophie. I hope to work with you ag...
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Donna Hunt, July 2021


michael thomas
Sophie was very helpful on so many levels during the editing process. She looked at the manuscript from a lot of different angles, and offered constructive feedback on both structure and substance. Always taking into consideration the reader's potential interpretations, while balancing that with the author's goals and the integrity of the story. She has a sharp eye and is a pleasure to work ...
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michael thomas, July 2021

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