Cally Worden

Cally Worden - Editor

Retford, UK

Fiction editor and proofreader - I work with independent authors and specialise in mysteries, thrillers, crime and suspense

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Overview

I’m Cally Worden, and I’m a professional fiction editor. I work with independent authors and use a range of smart editorial strategies to help them create seamless, engaging stories – with no distractions.

You know what I mean. Those things that can slip past you when you're so close to your own words, such as inconsistencies in your plot, characterisation or dialogue. And pesky errors in spelling and grammar.

These are distractions - some big, some small - that interfere with the flow of your story. All good writers get them. The best know that editing is essential if you are to catch and correct such errors, and keep those pages turning.

Editing is an art in itself and, to be done well, requires good training. I completed mine with the highly regarded UK Publishing Training Centre. In addition, I’m a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, which is the most widely respected organisation for editorial professionals in the UK. Any work I do is conducted in accordance with their Code of Practice.

I know what good writing looks like, and how to create it. I’m trained in journalism, have worked as a freelance writer, and I have both fiction and non-fiction writing published on the web, in national glossies, and with traditional publishers.

Words are my thing, and now I editing fills my day. I can help you make your novel stand out from the rest by working with you to eliminate those big little errors that can make all the difference. Together we can ensure your novel is the very best it can be before your readers even get their hands on it.

Do get in touch today for a chat about how I can help you - I'd love to hear your story.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Dystopian
Horror
Short Story
Thriller
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
March, 2015 – Present (over 4 years)

Providing editorial services to independent authors and publishers.

Writer

Self-employed
June, 2010 – March, 2015 (over 4 years)

Providing freelance fiction and non-fiction writing services to a range of global clients.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Haunting of Henderson Close (Fiction Without Frontiers)

Catherine Cavendish

Ghosts have always walked there. Now they're not alone.In the depths of Edinburgh, an evil presence is released.Hannah and her colleagues are tour guides who lead their visitors along the spooky, derelict Henderson Close, thrilling them with tales of spectres and murder. For Hannah it is her dream job, but not for long. Who is the mysterious figure that disappears around a corner? What is happ... read more

Ghosts have always walked there. Now they're not alone.In the depths of Edinburgh, an evil presence is released.Hannah and her colleagues are tour guides who lead their visitors along the spooky, derelict Henderson Close, thrilling them with tales of spectres and murder. For Hannah it is her dream job, but not for long. Who is the mysterious figure that disappears around a corner? What is happ... read more

The Coal Boat

Sam Kirk

Frustrated by the suffocating cultural apathy of her 1930s northern pit community, teenager Nancy dreams of pursuing an emancipated life in London. When her escape strategy derails, Nancy is forced to carve an alternative path to freedom that challenges her place as a young woman in a changing world.Swept into a heady bohemian London lifestyle, Nancy soon learns that a life lived without restr... read more

Frustrated by the suffocating cultural apathy of her 1930s northern pit community, teenager Nancy dreams of pursuing an emancipated life in London. When her escape strategy derails, Nancy is forced to carve an alternative path to freedom that challenges her place as a young woman in a changing world.Swept into a heady bohemian London lifestyle, Nancy soon learns that a life lived without restr... read more

Here Casts No Shadow

Bronwen Griffiths

Here Casts No Shadow explores the impact of war, exile and trauma on a family and the consequences of a single act of revenge. This is a story of war and refuge, told from a woman's perspective. Fifteen year old Mira lives a quiet life in the small town of Zazour. Her country of Lyrian is under the grip of a ruthless dictator but the political situation has little impact on Mira's daily life u... read more

Here Casts No Shadow explores the impact of war, exile and trauma on a family and the consequences of a single act of revenge. This is a story of war and refuge, told from a woman's perspective. Fifteen year old Mira lives a quiet life in the small town of Zazour. Her country of Lyrian is under the grip of a ruthless dictator but the political situation has little impact on Mira's daily life u... read more

As Devious As The Devil: A tale of Police corruption in 1960's Britain.

K W Traynor

The story follows the devious exploits of Tom Sharkey a lovable rouge. Born in Northern Ireland at the beginning of world war two and raised in a very dilapidated cottage in the middle of the countryside outside Derry Northen Ireland. After years of poverty Tom decides to leave Northern Ireland to seek his fortune in England where he finds himself mixed up in the murky world of Police corrupti... read more

The story follows the devious exploits of Tom Sharkey a lovable rouge. Born in Northern Ireland at the beginning of world war two and raised in a very dilapidated cottage in the middle of the countryside outside Derry Northen Ireland. After years of poverty Tom decides to leave Northern Ireland to seek his fortune in England where he finds himself mixed up in the murky world of Police corrupti... read more

The Flower Shop

Paul Addington

A historical, romantic novel, the stories that make up this collection run from WWI to just after WWII. They reflect the history and personal lives of the shop owners and residents in 'Dick's Rowe', a row of seven quaint Tudor-style shops, each with living quarters above, built just after the Great War. Ranging from poignant to tragic to humorous, the lives of the shop owners and the founder o... read more

A historical, romantic novel, the stories that make up this collection run from WWI to just after WWII. They reflect the history and personal lives of the shop owners and residents in 'Dick's Rowe', a row of seven quaint Tudor-style shops, each with living quarters above, built just after the Great War. Ranging from poignant to tragic to humorous, the lives of the shop owners and the founder o... read more

The Stonemason: A History of Building Britain

Andrew Ziminski

A stonemason's story of the building of Britain: part archaeological history, part deeply personal insight into an ancient craft. In his thirty-year career, stonemason Andrew Ziminski has worked on many of our greatest monuments. From Neolithic monoliths to Roman baths and temples, from the tower of Salisbury Cathedral to the engine houses, mills and aqueducts of the Industrial Revolution and ... read more

A stonemason's story of the building of Britain: part archaeological history, part deeply personal insight into an ancient craft. In his thirty-year career, stonemason Andrew Ziminski has worked on many of our greatest monuments. From Neolithic monoliths to Roman baths and temples, from the tower of Salisbury Cathedral to the engine houses, mills and aqueducts of the Industrial Revolution and ... read more

Diamonds in the Dust

Jean Debney

The story is set in the second half of the nineteenth century in the heart of the jewellery quarter in Birmingham. Young artisans struggle to make a living as Queen Victoria has been in deep mourning for over two years because of the loss of her beloved Prince Albert. Meanwhile, the mass-manufacturers of pens are thriving, through their use of cheap labour - mainly women. The Is the story of l... read more

The story is set in the second half of the nineteenth century in the heart of the jewellery quarter in Birmingham. Young artisans struggle to make a living as Queen Victoria has been in deep mourning for over two years because of the loss of her beloved Prince Albert. Meanwhile, the mass-manufacturers of pens are thriving, through their use of cheap labour - mainly women. The Is the story of l... read more

Cloaked in Death, Wrapped in Love: A memoir, a tragedy, a love story

Jill Barnes

In death, there is love; in love, there are no limits. And always, there is hope.When John Bickley loses his wife and sons in a devastating house fire in 2010, childhood friend Jill Barnes extends a tentative hand of support.The tragedy becomes a catalyst for the rekindling of their childhood friendship, a deep bond of enduring mutual affection that is tested to its limits as John succumbs to ... read more

In death, there is love; in love, there are no limits. And always, there is hope.When John Bickley loses his wife and sons in a devastating house fire in 2010, childhood friend Jill Barnes extends a tentative hand of support.The tragedy becomes a catalyst for the rekindling of their childhood friendship, a deep bond of enduring mutual affection that is tested to its limits as John succumbs to ... read more

The Pendant Sapphire

Robin Vicary

It is the 1960s, and the comfortable London life of neurologist Dr Alexander Potter is shaken by the discovery of papers hidden in the family home by his great-grandfather, Ivan Goncharev, a Russian terrorist émigré.The aged manuscripts bring alive the 1880s worlds of St Petersburg, Paris and London, and reveal a gripping tale of adventure and romance that unfolds against a backdrop of great s... read more

It is the 1960s, and the comfortable London life of neurologist Dr Alexander Potter is shaken by the discovery of papers hidden in the family home by his great-grandfather, Ivan Goncharev, a Russian terrorist émigré.The aged manuscripts bring alive the 1880s worlds of St Petersburg, Paris and London, and reveal a gripping tale of adventure and romance that unfolds against a backdrop of great s... read more

The Felicity Hunters: A Maple Carey Mystery (Maple Carey Mysteries Book 1)

Deirdré Connolly

On the eve of a trip to America, Lara Harper’s grandmother reveals an intriguing chapter of their family history, the story of the felicity hunters of Maple Carey.When more family secrets surface Lara sets out to discover why fascinating events in her family’s past have been concealed. As she travels to America, Singapore and Australia in search of evidence, it appears there is someone else in... read more

On the eve of a trip to America, Lara Harper’s grandmother reveals an intriguing chapter of their family history, the story of the felicity hunters of Maple Carey.When more family secrets surface Lara sets out to discover why fascinating events in her family’s past have been concealed. As she travels to America, Singapore and Australia in search of evidence, it appears there is someone else in... read more

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