Clem Flanagan

Clem Flanagan - Editor

Stirling, UK

Eagle-eyed copy-editor and proofreader specialising in commercial fiction and non-fiction, YA and fantasy.

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Overview

Editor with 6+ years of experience working across fiction and non-fiction, with particular interests in YA, fantasy, sci-fi and commercial fiction.

I completed a BA in Creative Writing and English Lit and an MLitt in Publishing Studies, and have spent my life writing creatively and analysing what makes a good story GREAT. I'm a stickler for consistency and hate typos, so I'm a terrific proofreader – but I'm also available for copy-editing jobs if they fit in the genres mentioned above.

I have worked – and am interested in working – on all sorts of projects, from short stories to novellas and novels. I'm also a native French and Dutch speaker, and speak some German, which comes in handy when editing texts that mention any foreign words.

Some of my favourite books – if you were wondering! – include The Wheel of Time series, The Red Queen series, Circe, The Lord of the Rings, The Signature of All Things, One Day, The Fates Divide, Gone Girl, the Red Rising series, Inkheart, The Priory of the Orange Tree, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And Harry Potter, obvs.
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Dystopian
Epic Fantasy
Middle Grade Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • MLitt Publishing Studies
  • BA Creative Writing & English Literature

Awards

  • Longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition 2019

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
May, 2020 – Present (12 months)

After working for six years in publishing, I've taken the plunge and gone freelance to continue vanquishing typos and grammar baddies. I offer core editorial services such as developmental editing, copy-editing and proofreading, as well as author mentoring and editorial reports through a literary consultancy.

My specialties include YA, fantasy, commercial fiction and science-fiction, although I also work on other genres when they need my help.

Taking a story from good to great is what I love most – and I’d love to work on your book next. Please get in touch through Reedsy, Twitter or my website.

Visiting Lecturer (Writing and Editing Fiction and Nonfiction)

London Metropolitan University
March, 2020 – May, 2020 (2 months)

I returned to my first university as a visiting lecturer to teach on the very course that inspired me to become an editor. On this course, I lectured on topics including plotting, characterization, style, line editing and proofreading, and conducted workshops with small groups of students to help them improve their craft as writers and sharpen their skills as editors.

Editor

Hay House UK
January, 2018 – May, 2020 (over 2 years)

My role as editor is really varied, taking me from writing book blurbs (my favourite part!) to adapting healthy cookery books to British English and preparing book files for print. I have the privilege of working on lots of different titles ranging from self-help to health, from the esoteric to the latest science. I also read submissions and assess them for publication. When we have author events on, I love to work in our pop-up bookshop.

Publisher

Thomson Reuters
October, 2016 – October, 2017 (about 1 year)

As the publisher at Thomson Reuters' legal publishing arm in Scotland, I commissioned all new frontlist titles, acting as the first point of contact between our authors and TR. Titles spanned a wide spectrum of markets, from university study-guides to reference titles and annotated acts.

Freelance proofreader and editor

Self-employed
May, 2014 – December, 2015 (over 1 year)

I freelanced as a proofreader and editor (and sometimes content writer) for several independent presses and websites, including Lumphanan Press, Freight Books, Cargo Publishing, Endeavour Press and TripAdvisor. I worked on a wide variety of material, including a manual on Qigong, an award-winning contemporary novel, historical novels and, you guessed it, some travel pieces!

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Outside Verdun

Arnold Zweig

A new translation of a forgotten masterpiece of German World War I literature, based on the author's own first-hand experiences of combatThe war, an operation instigated by men, still felt to him like a storm decreed by fate, an unleashing of powerful elements, unaccountable and beyond criticism.Arnold Zweig's novel was first published in 1933 and is based on his own experiences in the German ... read more

A new translation of a forgotten masterpiece of German World War I literature, based on the author's own first-hand experiences of combatThe war, an operation instigated by men, still felt to him like a storm decreed by fate, an unleashing of powerful elements, unaccountable and beyond criticism.Arnold Zweig's novel was first published in 1933 and is based on his own experiences in the German ... read more

The Other Ida

Amy Mason

Other Ida

Other Ida

First Time Solo

Iain Maloney

Shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Award<>A gripping and ultimately deeply effecting literary debut, First Time Solo is more than a war story, it is a beautifully rendered portrait of men preparing for conflict and a society on the brink of seismic social change. It's 1943 and Jack Devine, a farmer's son, is finally called up to the RAF. Jack dreams of becoming a pilot, breaking hea... read more

Shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Award<>A gripping and ultimately deeply effecting literary debut, First Time Solo is more than a war story, it is a beautifully rendered portrait of men preparing for conflict and a society on the brink of seismic social change. It's 1943 and Jack Devine, a farmer's son, is finally called up to the RAF. Jack dreams of becoming a pilot, breaking hea... read more

The Scarring of the Roshanra (The Coral and the Kingdom Book 1)

Brown, Kara SB, Reynolds, Naomi, Flanagan, Clem, Hart, Lesley

Clem has 24 reviews

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hayley newell
Clem proofread my epic fantasy novel and did a phenomenal job! Not only did she provide me with helpful feedback, but she also included a stylesheet which was so invaluable to have! I recommend her to everyone and am so glad I chose her to do the final edits of my novel! I will most definitely be using her in the future!

hayley newell, April 2021

Clem Flanagan
Thank you so much, Hayley. I'm stoked for the sequel of Curse of the Fallen!

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Mike Jaycock-Tamne
Clem was fantastic to work with, I am very new to the world of writing but Clem made me feel extremely at ease from the start. Her edit was extremely detailed, simple to understand and has really given me the tools to make my novel the best it can be. I would highly recommend using her services.

Mike Jaycock-Tamne, March 2021


Brendan McGuigan
Clem was incredibly helpful with notes that were delivered quickly and succinctly. She particularly improved my query drastically, and I feel like I have a much stronger foundation from which to work from.

Brendan McGuigan, February 2021


Skylar Brown
I had a wonderful time working with Clem. She was very communicative throughout the whole process, as well as flexible with my schedule. Her edits were really practical and helpful-- I would definitely work with her again.

Skylar Brown, January 2021


Jennifer N
Clem was very easy to work with. I've never written a book before and Clem's expertise helped to guide me. She was very punctual and professional. I would definitely recommend her.

Jennifer N, January 2021

Clem Flanagan
Thank you, Jennifer! It was such a joy to work on your book. I hope its message will reach many readers.

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