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Charlie Wilson

Charlie Wilson - Editor

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Creative, supportive editor with 12 years’ experience of polishing books. Co-author of How to Succeed as a Freelancer in Publishing.

Overview

Professional mentor, ghostwriter, developmental editor, copy editor and proofreader. Twelve years’ experience freelancing; three years’ experience writing and editing at a publishing house and national charity.

Testimonials:

Karen Clarke, women’s literature author: ‘I loved working with Charlie. Her edits made my book the best it could be, so when Little, Brown/Corsair published Being Brooke Simmons as part of a three-book deal, there were hardly any revisions to do thanks to her!’

Caitlin Flynn, Publishing Officer, Imperial War Museums: ‘Charlie was an absolute pleasure to work with. Her professionalism, expertise and advice were invaluable on what was a difficult project and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her!’

Neil Spring, thriller author (Quercus): ‘Charlie’s editorial services are first rate. Honest and helpful. Always logical. Always constructive. If you’re a writer and you’re looking for an unbiased appraisal of your work, look no further.’

Rachael Chilvers, formerly Special Projects Coordinator, For Dummies, John Wiley & Sons: ‘I always enjoy working with Charlie because I can count on her considered and incisive editing skills to improve whatever I send her way. Independent yet collaborative, reliable and dedicated, Charlie is an editor of the highest calibre.’

Sif Sigmarsdóttir, bestselling Icelandic author (recently signed to Hodder): ‘Charlie has passion for her work and it shows. She is thorough, exact, accommodative, imaginative and an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Crime & Mystery Romance Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference Entertainment Health & wellbeing History Parenting & Families Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Freelance Ghostwriter, Developmental Editor, Copy Editor and Proofreader

The Book Specialist Ltd

April, 2004 – Present (over 12 years)

Clients have included:
• Publishers: How To Books, John Wiley & Sons (For Dummies books and Frommer’s travel guides), Wiley VCH (For Dummies, Germany), Folens, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, High Stakes Publishing, Kamera Books, No Exit Press, Pocket Essentials, Southbank Publishing, Oldcastle Books, Alliance Publishing Press, London Wall Publishing.
• Authors: Fiction and non-fiction, in a wide array of genres.
• Not-for-profit organisations: Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA), National Assessment Agency (NAA), Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual), Turning Point, Metropolitan Black Police Association, One World One People, FARM-Africa, Respond, beat (Eating Disorders Association), The Scout Association, Imperial War Museum London.
• Corporate: Bridal Buyer magazine, James Villa Holidays, Ant Marketing, Model Interaction, Associated British Ports, Real World Fundraising, HN Marketing, ICO Management Services, Woodreed (Volkswagen), Brighton University.

Experience:
• Writing, ghostwriting and rewriting
• Critiquing and author mentoring
• Developmental editing
• Copy-editing and proofreading
• Project management
• ‘Ghost’ marketing
• Giving talks on freelance editing for private editorial companies, the Society of Young Publishers and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders

Portfolio (16 selected works)

The Echoes of Love

Hannah Fielding

Set against the breathtaking beauty of Italy, The Echoes of Love is a passionate, heart-breaking romance to ignite the senses and rekindle your belief in the power of love. Seduction, passion and secrets... Venetia Aston-Montagu has escaped to Venice to work in her godmother's architectural practice, putting a lost love behind her. For the past ten years she has built a fortress around her hea... read more

Set against the breathtaking beauty of Italy, The Echoes of Love is a passionate, heart-breaking romance to ignite the senses and rekindle your belief in the power of love. Seduction, passion and secrets... Venetia Aston-Montagu has escaped to Venice to work in her godmother's architectural practice, putting a lost love behind her. For the past ten years she has built a fortress around her hea... read more

The Case of the Exploding Loo

Rachel Hamilton

Case of the Exploding Loo

Case of the Exploding Loo

Being Brooke Simmons

Karen Clarke

Abby Archer, a smart and savvy woman who refuses taken in by celebrity culture, becomes fascinated with it-girl and media darling Brooke Simmons after she falls into a coma following a car crash. Her loyal security-guard-turned-lover Nick Lawson is implicated in the accident, someone Abby met just days before. One day Abby begins to feel unwell, and is shocked to see the face looking back at h... read more

Abby Archer, a smart and savvy woman who refuses taken in by celebrity culture, becomes fascinated with it-girl and media darling Brooke Simmons after she falls into a coma following a car crash. Her loyal security-guard-turned-lover Nick Lawson is implicated in the accident, someone Abby met just days before. One day Abby begins to feel unwell, and is shocked to see the face looking back at h... read more

On the Edge of Humanity (Book 1) (A Vampire SEAL Novel)

S.B. Alexander

How far would you go to save a loved one?Natural-born vampires are born not made. Some humans, who roam the earth, are not even aware they carry such DNASixteen-year-old Jo Mason is lost in a world where traipsing from one foster home to another is normal. She hates her life, she hates school and on most days, she hates living.Her normal world shifts when she discovers her twin brother Sam has... read more

How far would you go to save a loved one?Natural-born vampires are born not made. Some humans, who roam the earth, are not even aware they carry such DNASixteen-year-old Jo Mason is lost in a world where traipsing from one foster home to another is normal. She hates her life, she hates school and on most days, she hates living.Her normal world shifts when she discovers her twin brother Sam has... read more

The Radio (The The Series Book 1)

M. Jonathan Lee

The Radio is the first part of the loosely titled, 'The The Trilogy'. It can be read before or after The Page - also by M. Jonathan Lee. A comedy so black that you'd have to eat a lot of carrots to know whether George's adventures are actually visible. The Radio centres around the decline of the lovable, yet hapless George Poppleton, a middle-aged, henpecked father and husband who stumbles acr... read more

The Radio is the first part of the loosely titled, 'The The Trilogy'. It can be read before or after The Page - also by M. Jonathan Lee. A comedy so black that you'd have to eat a lot of carrots to know whether George's adventures are actually visible. The Radio centres around the decline of the lovable, yet hapless George Poppleton, a middle-aged, henpecked father and husband who stumbles acr... read more

Dance with the Enemy: a gripping international suspense thriller (The Enemy Series Book 1)

Rob Sinclair

Dance with the Enemy is the explosive first chapter in the highly-acclaimed Enemy series of espionage thrillers featuring Carl Logan.Praise for Rob Sinclair and Dance with the Enemy:"an excellent and action packed story that is hard to put down" -Andrea Giannini (Redbrick)"twists and turns that kept me begging for more…jam-packed with detailed action and adventure"- Monica McDaniel (ebookrevie... read more

Dance with the Enemy is the explosive first chapter in the highly-acclaimed Enemy series of espionage thrillers featuring Carl Logan.Praise for Rob Sinclair and Dance with the Enemy:"an excellent and action packed story that is hard to put down" -Andrea Giannini (Redbrick)"twists and turns that kept me begging for more…jam-packed with detailed action and adventure"- Monica McDaniel (ebookrevie... read more

English Grammar for Dummies, UK Edition

Lesley J. Ward, Geraldine Woods

If you're confused by commas, perplexed by pronouns, and plain terrified by tenses, "English Grammar for Dummies" will put your fears to rest. Packed with expert guidance, it covers everything from sentence basics to rules even your English teacher didn't know - if you want to brush up on your grammar, this is the only guide you'll ever need.

If you're confused by commas, perplexed by pronouns, and plain terrified by tenses, "English Grammar for Dummies" will put your fears to rest. Packed with expert guidance, it covers everything from sentence basics to rules even your English teacher didn't know - if you want to brush up on your grammar, this is the only guide you'll ever need.

Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child: Seeing an Overwhelming World through Their Eyes

Jamie Williamson

It's not easy to be a highly sensitive child. Nor is it always easy to raise, care for, guide and teach a highly sensitive child. Because the highly sensitive child experiences the world a little differently, and that can be difficult to understand. This book aims to help you experience the world from the child's perspective, so that you can better understand them and help them to grow and thr... read more

It's not easy to be a highly sensitive child. Nor is it always easy to raise, care for, guide and teach a highly sensitive child. Because the highly sensitive child experiences the world a little differently, and that can be difficult to understand. This book aims to help you experience the world from the child's perspective, so that you can better understand them and help them to grow and thr... read more

First World War For Dummies

Seán Lang

From the Somme to Gallipoli to the home front, First World War For Dummies provides an authorit....

From the Somme to Gallipoli to the home front, First World War For Dummies provides an authorit....

On A Small Island

Grant Nicol

In the space of just a few short days, Ylfa Einarsdóttir sees her peaceful existence in downtown Reykjavík turned on its head. Some unexpected news from one of her sisters and a brutal murder that’s far too close to home for comfort leave her wondering why life has turned on her so suddenly. When the police fail to take her seriously, her hands-on approach to the investigation soon lands her i... read more

In the space of just a few short days, Ylfa Einarsdóttir sees her peaceful existence in downtown Reykjavík turned on its head. Some unexpected news from one of her sisters and a brutal murder that’s far too close to home for comfort leave her wondering why life has turned on her so suddenly. When the police fail to take her seriously, her hands-on approach to the investigation soon lands her i... read more

Psychology For Dummies

Adam Cash

Psychology For Dummies

Psychology For Dummies

The Watchers

Neil Spring

A chilling tale based on true events from the bestselling author of The Ghost Hunters ...At the height of the Cold War, officials at the Ministry of Defence conducted a highly secret investigation into unusual events that occurred along a strip of rugged coastline within the Pembrokeshire National Park nicknamed 'The Broad Haven Triangle'. The events made national headlines: lights and objects... read more

A chilling tale based on true events from the bestselling author of The Ghost Hunters ...At the height of the Cold War, officials at the Ministry of Defence conducted a highly secret investigation into unusual events that occurred along a strip of rugged coastline within the Pembrokeshire National Park nicknamed 'The Broad Haven Triangle'. The events made national headlines: lights and objects... read more

Scottish History For Dummies

William Knox

Explore the fascinating history of Scotland in an easy-to-read guide Want to discover how a small....

Explore the fascinating history of Scotland in an easy-to-read guide Want to discover how a small....

The Ghost Hunters

Neil Spring

Soon to be a major ITV television drama starring Rafe Spall and Cara Theobold. A hair-raising fictionalized account of the Borley Rectory haunting, based on contemporary first-hand testimonies. Welcome to Borley Rectory, the most haunted house in England. The year is 1926 and Sarah Grey has landed herself an unlikely new job - personal assistant to Harry Price, London's most infamous ghost hun... read more

Soon to be a major ITV television drama starring Rafe Spall and Cara Theobold. A hair-raising fictionalized account of the Borley Rectory haunting, based on contemporary first-hand testimonies. Welcome to Borley Rectory, the most haunted house in England. The year is 1926 and Sarah Grey has landed herself an unlikely new job - personal assistant to Harry Price, London's most infamous ghost hun... read more

Girl Jacked

Christopher Greyson

This top-rated mystery is on sale for a limited-time to introduce you to the wildly popular Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Series from bestselling author Christopher Greyson. We hope you enjoy!Deep down inside, Jack knew he was a violent man. There'd always been a beast inside him, wanting to break out of its cage. He feared it. Jack knew what it was: hate, pure and simple. He'd locked it awa... read more

This top-rated mystery is on sale for a limited-time to introduce you to the wildly popular Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Series from bestselling author Christopher Greyson. We hope you enjoy!Deep down inside, Jack knew he was a violent man. There'd always been a beast inside him, wanting to break out of its cage. He feared it. Jack knew what it was: hate, pure and simple. He'd locked it awa... read more

How to succeed as a Freelancer in Publishing: The Complete Guide

Emma Murray, Charlie Wilson

How to Succeed as a Freelancer in Publishing: The Complete Guide This book tells you how to build a successful freelance business around supplying publishing services. The publishing industry depends on freelancers: writers and editors, proofreaders and designers, PR and typesetters. For those in the know, there is a wealth of opportunities on offer. Graduates, retired professionals, in-house ... read more

How to Succeed as a Freelancer in Publishing: The Complete Guide This book tells you how to build a successful freelance business around supplying publishing services. The publishing industry depends on freelancers: writers and editors, proofreaders and designers, PR and typesetters. For those in the know, there is a wealth of opportunities on offer. Graduates, retired professionals, in-house ... read more

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