Editor with 8+ years of experience working across fiction and non-fiction, with particular interests in YA, fantasy, romance 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 love developmental editing but am also available for copyediting and proofreading.
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. I particularly want to work on titles that present a diverse cast of characters and have LGBTQ+ representation.
Some of my favourite books – if you were wondering! – include Circe, The Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time series, The Red Queen series, The Signature of All Things, One Day, The Time Traveller's Wife, the Skyward trilogy, Gone Girl, the Red Rising series, anything by Holly Black, and anything by Lex Croucher.
If I sound like the right editor for you, here are a few things to bear in mind when sending a request:
- Tell me a bit about yourself and your intentions towards your project. Are you aiming for traditional publication or will you be self-publishing?
- What stage do you think your manuscript is at? This helps me determine which service is right for you (and it might not be the one you think you want).
- Why are you looking for an editor now? Do you struggle with structural elements of your manuscript or do you need help with your line craft?
- Longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition 2019
- MLitt Publishing Studies
- BA Creative Writing & English Literature
- CIEP Copy-editing level 1
- CIEP Copy-editing level 2
- Developmental Editing: Fiction Theory self-study course by Liminal Pages
Bonnier Books UK
I am responsible for commissioning and editing titles across the frontlist - predominantly YA titles, but also some crime, historical and commercial fiction. I also work on some non-fiction titles like cookery and lifestyle coffee table books. Notable titles include Philip Paris's bestselling title The Last Witch of Scotland, David Fenne's YA trilogy OVEREMOTIONAL and Jill Johnson's dark mystery Devil's Breath (as featured on BBC's Between the Covers).
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.
London Metropolitan University
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.
Hay House UK
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.
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.
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!
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