Cae Hawksmoor

Cae Hawksmoor - Editor

Wrexham, UK

Specialist in developmental editing services for fantasy, science fiction, and young adult novels.

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Overview

I specialise in providing developmental editing services for fantasy, science fiction, young adult, and mystery novels. I am also comfortable working in both British and American English.

As an English Literature graduate and award-nominated writer, there's nothing I love more than analysing a novel for its characters, worldbuilding, pacing, and other "big picture" elements.

I work with writers at all stages of their careers, but especially love working with new writers and young authors, as well as folks who've been writing for a while and are looking to break into bigger markets.

Whether you're planning to self-publish, looking for a small indie publisher, or planning to go down the traditional route of finding an agent, I can use my 20+ years of experience in the publishing and speculative fiction communities to give your story the best possible chance of success.

Having been on the receiving end of confidence-destroying "critiques" several times over my career (from writers who, in hindsight, were more interested in their own self-importance than in helping me to grow), I pride myself on building writers up rather than tearing them down. No matter how long you have been writing, there will always be some elements of storytelling that come more naturally and uniquely to you. I can help you to identify these strengths, draw confidence from them, and develop them into something that will have your readers coming back to your stories time and again.

At the same time, I can help you to recognise any weaknesses in your manuscript and provide suggestions on how they may be improved. But that process will never be about imposing my ideas on your story, or by robbing it of what makes it special to you. Instead, I use my extensive experience of storytelling and narrative structure to build on the characters, plotlines, and other elements that are already present in your story, help you to develop them and, in doing so, use them to address and overcome any problems. That way, no matter how many changes you make as a result of my feedback, you will still feel as though your novel is undeniably your story--full of all the strange, wonderful, and glorious things that make you completely unique.

I offer a range of services to suit your budget, and always include at least an hour of follow-up discussion (by telephone, video chat, email, or whatever your preference) to discuss the feedback I've provided and help you to implement any changes you decide to make as a result.

So, whether you're a new writer who's just finished their first novel and is looking for feedback from an experienced professional, or have several novels under your belt and are looking to up your game, I'd love to hear from you.

Together, we can develop fascinating characters, captivating worlds, and compelling plotlines, and help your stories to become the strongest possible versions of themselves.

I'm always happy to chat and answer questions, so drop me a line today to find out more.

(Please note - while there are a lot of light novels and manga in my portfolio, this is not a full reflection of the genres I work with--it's simply down to Reedsy's requirements over what I can include. In fact, while I do work on these sorts of projects, most of my editing these days is in fantasy, young adult, and science fiction novels. If you're curious about the quality of my work in these areas, please take a look at my reviews, and feel free to contact me with any questions!)
Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Magical Realism
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Short Story
Young Adult Fantasy

Work experience

Developmental Editor and Writing Coach

Self-employed
January, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

developmental edits and book coaching services for fantasy, science fiction, horror, young adult, and mystery fiction.

Copyeditor/Proofreader

Self-employed
December, 2017 – Present (over 4 years)

Conducting rewrites and proofreading on translated material for manga and Japanese light novels.

Editor

SteamPunk Magazine
December, 2008 – July, 2013 (over 4 years)

Choosing stories and articles for the magazine, providing feedback and helping the authors with rewrites, designing and conducting layout for the magazine all the way to print.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Didn't I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life?! Light Novel Vol. 2

FUNA

The newly graduated Crimson Vow are out in the world and determined to prove themselves. Mile, Reina, Pauline, and Mavis look for work as C-rank hunters, but when an exciting yet dangerous job comes along, the girls cannot resist! Can Mile see herself and her friends through this new challenge--while still keeping her remarkable abilities hidden?

The newly graduated Crimson Vow are out in the world and determined to prove themselves. Mile, Reina, Pauline, and Mavis look for work as C-rank hunters, but when an exciting yet dangerous job comes along, the girls cannot resist! Can Mile see herself and her friends through this new challenge--while still keeping her remarkable abilities hidden?

Clockwork Planet (Light Novel) Vol. 2

Kamiya, Yuu, Himana, Tsubaki, Sino

Clockwork Planet: Volume 3

Kamiya, Yuu, Himana, Tsubaki, Sino, Wu, Jun-You

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest Volume 7

Ryo Shirakome

With the battle at the capital settled, Hajime's next destination is the empire. Together with Lilliana and Kouki, he takes to the skies with his newly built airship. Kouki still has his misgivings, wondering why it is that Hajime doesn't use his power for the 'right' reasons. However, he doesn't have time to dwell on it long, as in the middle of their journey, Hajime discovers that the Haulia... read more

With the battle at the capital settled, Hajime's next destination is the empire. Together with Lilliana and Kouki, he takes to the skies with his newly built airship. Kouki still has his misgivings, wondering why it is that Hajime doesn't use his power for the 'right' reasons. However, he doesn't have time to dwell on it long, as in the middle of their journey, Hajime discovers that the Haulia... read more

Arifureta Zero: Volume 1

Shirakome, Ryo, Takayaki, Ningen

Arifureta Zero: Volume 2

Shirakome, Ryo, Takayaki, Ningen

Steampunk Magazine: The First Years: Issues #1 7

Margaret Killjoy, C. Allegra Hawksmoor, Margaret Killjoy, C. Allegra Hawksmoor

Cae has 7 reviews

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Bridge Rhodes
Cae Hawksmoor was great to work with! They gave helpful and thoughtful feedback on my manuscript, and responded quickly! We were able to schedule a follow up discussion on zoom that was incredibly helpful for answering questions I had and generating some ideas on how to better tell my story, and were ok with me messaging them with questions and ideas afterward. They cared about the work, which ...
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Bridge Rhodes, May 2022

Cae Hawksmoor
Thanks so much, Bridge. It's been great working with you!

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Josh Evans
Are you looking for an editor that will go above and beyond to guide you on your journey to making your story the best it can be, with a great sense of humour, exceptional skill, and outstanding commitment? You've found them. Cae showed a consistent, very high degree of professionalism throughout this project and I am extremely glad I made the decision to engage them as a developmental editor...
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Josh Evans, April 2022

Cae Hawksmoor
Ah, Josh, thanks so much for your kind words. Working with you has been an absolute delight from the very start. I can't wait to see your book flourish out in the wild!

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Steve Albrecht
Cae is fantastic. They completed all of the work on time, were very thorough, and frankly exceeded my expectations as a first time writer in terms of the value that a developmental editor can bring. Cae provided a unique combination of insights and ideas to improve my plot and character development, plus really insightful comments on stylistic points and habits that needed to be fixed. They ...
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Steve Albrecht, January 2022

Cae Hawksmoor
Thanks so much, Steve. It's been a real pleasure working with you. Can't wait to see your book out in the wild!

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Kaz Flowers
Cae is absolutely lovely to work with! Their advice was extremely helpful, and they communicated their critiques and thoughts well (while still being encouraging for a first-time author). Their professionalism adds to this immensely. They fulfilled the terms of our agreement to the letter and even went above and beyond, being punctual and clear in their thoughts. The process of having written ...
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Kaz Flowers, January 2022

Cae Hawksmoor
Thanks so much, Kaz! It was an absolute pleasure to work with you. I can't wait to find out what the future has in store for you and your novel. Happy editing!

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Michael Lopez
Cae was personable, professional, thorough, and punctual. Not once did I doubt or feel out of the loop during this process. With this being my first book, both the experience and the feedback were invaluable. They are highly recommended, and I will definitely reach out to them for more in the future.

Michael Lopez, December 2021

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