Cassandra Rigg

Cassandra Rigg – Editor

Editor with 20 years' experience of proof reading and copy editing. Versatile, accurate and punctual. Formerly Simon and Schuster UK.

Overview

My first decade of publishing was spent in-house, working largely on non-fiction books, from childcare, health and self-help to political exposes, celebrity memoirs and everything you could want to know about horses. As a freelancer, my horizons have been further broadened by the range of copy I edit: my schedule can start with a twisted psychological thriller, followed by a buyer's guide to cosmetic surgery, a quick introduction to the rules of bridge, a round up of the best places to eat in the UK, a report on deforestation and climate change, and finish off with some debut romantic fiction. This makes me a pretty useful person to have on a pub quiz team! But the range of subjects and authors makes mine an endlessly enjoyable and interesting job. Whether my client is an author trying to get published, a corporate organisation or a book publisher, I approach each project in the same way, offering a reliable, flexible and empathetic service, where the mutual goal is to make the written work as smooth and compelling as it can be.

"I first used Cassie's editorial service prior to submitting my novel to agents and her meticulous approach ensured that I returned to her for subsequent novels long after I had secured agent representation. Cassie has transformed the manuscripts that needed it but she also knows when something is working well and when to leave storylines and characters alone. She has an eagle eye for the copy edit combined with an ability to see the manuscript from a distance, following character progression, plot and structure with as much attention as she would in spotting tiny grammatical errors. Cassie has an excellent knowledge of character - on many occasions she has asked 'would he really say that?' or 'would she really behave like this?' and she knows when more information is required to explain a plot hole or when background information could be better converted to dialogue. I have used Cassie's editorial services on three books now and would not hesitate to use her again or recommend her to others. She has a wealth of experience, she knows what works in the current market, she is thorough and professional in her approach and the success I have had in securing both an agent and a publishing deal is thanks in no small part to her. "
Nancy Peach - author of Love Life published by One More Chapter - Harper-Collins November 2021
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing Parenting & Families
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
Languages
English (UK)
Certifications
  • BA (Hons) English & American Literature

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 2008 — Present

J. A. Allen

May, 2005 — Sep, 2008 (over 3 years)

Sole responsibility for commissioning, managing and publicising a list that publishes equestrian (non-fiction) books.

Simon & Schuster UK Ltd

May, 2000 — May, 2005 (about 5 years)

Initially, general editorial assistant, then progressing to non-fiction editor, looking after a list of titles ranging from self-help and childcare to political expose and celebrity memoir.

Cassandra has 9 reviews

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Jo C.

Jo C.

Sep, 2023

Cassandra was so helpful at reviewing my work. I really appreciated her insights and thoughtfulness. I will be following all of her suggestions - she is very wise! Would definitely recommend to others.
Cassandra R.
Thank you, Jo. It was a real pleasure working with you and I wish you all the best with your book.
Darren F.

Darren F.

Sep, 2022

An absolute joy to work with. Cassandra hit the deadline and gave valuable feedback, recommended!
devante R.

devante R.

May, 2022

To the point, has made me understand the process a lot more, pleasure to work with
John B.

John B.

Dec, 2021

Cassandra will be your best choice for an editor if you want absolute excellence. She is thorough, detailed, caring, I made a substantial number of grammatical mistakes in my book, and she took such care in finding every little typo and misplaced word that it was truly astounding. More than that, she made suggestions of deleting repetitious passages, and rearranging paragraphs that better bel...
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Cassandra R.
Thank you for your generous review, John. It was a great pleasure to help you with your book. I'm so pleased you feel I have had added value and I will look forward to the next one!
Euan M.

Euan M.

Oct, 2021

Cassandra proofread a story collection for our small press. Her communication, timeliness and proofreading skills were all spot on. Recommended!

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