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 (9 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 (10 selected works)

The Last Tiger

Tony Black

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

Clem has 18 reviews

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S.A. Harry
Clem is amazing with words. She edited my query letter and synopsis and made it all much more engaging. She explained each edit, helped me with my comps, and even mentioned a few agents who might be interested in my book. She was able to understand the essence of my book immediately, and thanks to her, I now have a pitch package I can rely on.

S.A. Harry, January 2021


Jessica Wood
Clem was highly professional, did the job well, and was prompt with all communications.

Jessica Wood, November 2020


Ben Hall
Clem is an absolute dream to collaborate with, delivering over and above and ahead of schedule. A real no-nonsense editor who always has the best interests of your project at heart and gives you the feeling that once she's contributed to your work, she's invested in its future. I would not hesitate to recommend Clem.

Ben Hall, November 2020

Clem Flanagan
Thank you for your kind words, Ben! I absolutely adored your book and I'm so stoked for it to be published!

Reply from Clem Flanagan


Kara Stevens
Clem was professional, friendly, and worked me on various issues at an affordable price. I plan to work with her again on my future products!

Kara Stevens, November 2020


Henderson Smith
Clem is a dream to work with, she is so knowledgeable and a real pro. She's definitely brought my manuscript to the next level. Highly recommend her.

Henderson Smith, November 2020

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