Dan Coxon

Dan Coxon - Editor

London, UK

I'm a freelance editor, copy-editor and proofreader, working with both traditional publishers and self-publishing authors.

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I'm a freelance editor, copy-editor and proofreader. My services include - but are not limited to - editorial advice, copy-editing, proofreading, developmental editing, critiques and ebook production. I recognise that every project is different, and every client has unique requirements, including budget. I aim to be as flexible as possible, offering bespoke services tailored to the needs of each project. I'm particularly interested in working with independent publishers and self-publishing authors.

Clients include: Titan Books; The History Press; Elliott & Thompson; Urbane Publications; Influx Press; Flame Tree Press; Dodo Ink; Unsung Stories; Little Island Press. I'm happy working in most genres of fiction, but especially horror, science fiction, fantasy, crime and thrillers, as well as literary fiction. As for non-fiction, my experience is in general history titles, military history, sports, biographies and memoirs.

I have worked as a freelance writer and editor for over ten years, writing fiction and non-fiction for print and online markets in the UK and the US. My New Zealand travel memoir was used as background research for a major ITV documentary, while my fiction anthology Being Dad (Tangent, 2016), won Best Anthology 2016 at the Saboteur Awards. I most recently edited and curated This Dreaming Isle for Unsung Stories, a collection of seventeen short stories inspired by British folklore, including new work by Andrew Michael Hurley, Alison Moore, Ramsey Campbell and Jenn Ashworth. I have previously taught creative writing workshops at Richard Hugo House, Seattle, and I'm currently Contributing Editor at The Lonely Crowd. I am a member of the Society of Authors, an Associate Member of the Horror Writers Association, and a Professional Member of the Society for Editors & Proofreaders.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Crime & Mystery
Horror
Literature
Science Fiction
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History

Certifications

  • Introduction to Fiction Editing (SfEP) 2017
  • Introduction to Copy-editing (SfEP) 2016
  • Proofreading 1: Introduction (SfEP) 2016
  • Professional Member, SfEP

Awards

  • Best Anthology, Saboteur Awards 2016

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
April, 2016 – Present (about 3 years)

Freelance copy-editing and proofreading.

Magazine Editor

Litro Magazine
October, 2013 – March, 2015 (over 1 year)

Editor of literary magazine Litro.

Copy-writer

Self-employed
October, 2007 – April, 2014 (over 6 years)

Freelance copy-writer for a variety of websites and magazines, including The Scottish Cricketer, Rock'n'Reel, Salon and others.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

This Dreaming Isle

Dan Coxon, Ramsey Campbell, Andrew Michael Hurley

Something strange is happening on British shores.Britain has a long history of folk tales, ghost stories and other uncanny fictions, and these literary ley lines are still shimmering beneath the surface of this green and pleasant land. Every few generations this strangeness crawls out from the dark places of the British imagination, seeping into our art and culture. We are living through such ... read more

Something strange is happening on British shores.Britain has a long history of folk tales, ghost stories and other uncanny fictions, and these literary ley lines are still shimmering beneath the surface of this green and pleasant land. Every few generations this strangeness crawls out from the dark places of the British imagination, seeping into our art and culture. We are living through such ... read more

Pseudotooth

Verity Holloway

The debut novel from Verity Holloway, Pseudotooth is an adult take on 'portal fantasy', boldly tackling issues of trauma responses, social difference and our conflicting desires for purity and acceptance.Aisling Bloom is a young woman beset by unexplained blackouts, pseudo-seizures that have baffled both the doctors and her family. Sent to recuperate in the Suffolk countryside, she seeks solac... read more

The debut novel from Verity Holloway, Pseudotooth is an adult take on 'portal fantasy', boldly tackling issues of trauma responses, social difference and our conflicting desires for purity and acceptance.Aisling Bloom is a young woman beset by unexplained blackouts, pseudo-seizures that have baffled both the doctors and her family. Sent to recuperate in the Suffolk countryside, she seeks solac... read more

The Mouth of the Dark (Fiction Without Frontiers)

Tim Waggoner

Jayce’s twenty-year-old daughter Emory is missing, lost in a dark, dangerous realm called Shadow that exists alongside our own reality. An enigmatic woman named Nicola guides Jayce through this bizarre world, and together they search for Emory, facing deadly dog-eaters, crazed killers, homicidal sex toys, and – worst of all – a monstrous being known as the Harvest Man. But no matter what Shado... read more

Jayce’s twenty-year-old daughter Emory is missing, lost in a dark, dangerous realm called Shadow that exists alongside our own reality. An enigmatic woman named Nicola guides Jayce through this bizarre world, and together they search for Emory, facing deadly dog-eaters, crazed killers, homicidal sex toys, and – worst of all – a monstrous being known as the Harvest Man. But no matter what Shado... read more

The Loosening Skin

Aliya Whiteley

In a world where people shed their skin every seven years, it’s just a fact of life that we will cast of all the attachments of our old life. With every moult we become a new person, and though we can discard the past, the skin remembers, brings it all back if we touch it. And when our loves are part of us, those memories of love can be bought, if you know the right people.Introducing the new ... read more

In a world where people shed their skin every seven years, it’s just a fact of life that we will cast of all the attachments of our old life. With every moult we become a new person, and though we can discard the past, the skin remembers, brings it all back if we touch it. And when our loves are part of us, those memories of love can be bought, if you know the right people.Introducing the new ... read more

Mind in the Gap

C.R. Dudley

Where is your mind?Near future sci-fi shorts... with a difference. The further down the rabbit hole you go, the more subtle connecting threads become apparent. Described as 'unique philosophical fiction' and 'the makings of a psychedelic epiphany', Mind in the Gap is a whole new experience. For fans of Philip K Dick, William Gibson, Black Mirror and Robert Anton Wilson. Because we all need a b... read more

Where is your mind?Near future sci-fi shorts... with a difference. The further down the rabbit hole you go, the more subtle connecting threads become apparent. Described as 'unique philosophical fiction' and 'the makings of a psychedelic epiphany', Mind in the Gap is a whole new experience. For fans of Philip K Dick, William Gibson, Black Mirror and Robert Anton Wilson. Because we all need a b... read more

The Willow By Your Side

Peter Haynes

To be young is to know magic, to see the woods for what they are and recognise visions when you see them.In the aftermath of war, a young boy tries to hold his family together, under a man who brought his nightmares back from the battlefield.As his sister recovers from a terrible assault by their father, she teaches him about the magic in the land, the tombs of ancient kings, about the treache... read more

To be young is to know magic, to see the woods for what they are and recognise visions when you see them.In the aftermath of war, a young boy tries to hold his family together, under a man who brought his nightmares back from the battlefield.As his sister recovers from a terrible assault by their father, she teaches him about the magic in the land, the tombs of ancient kings, about the treache... read more

Night Shift (Fiction Without Frontiers)

Robin Triggs

Antarctica. A mining base at the edge of the world. Anders Nordvelt, last-minute replacement as head of security, has no time to integrate himself into the crew before an act of sabotage threatens the project. He must untangle a complex web of relationships from his position as prime suspect.Then a body is found in the ice. Systems fail as the long night falls. Now Anders must do more than fin... read more

Antarctica. A mining base at the edge of the world. Anders Nordvelt, last-minute replacement as head of security, has no time to integrate himself into the crew before an act of sabotage threatens the project. He must untangle a complex web of relationships from his position as prime suspect.Then a body is found in the ice. Systems fail as the long night falls. Now Anders must do more than fin... read more

Marvel's SPIDER-MAN

David Liss

The official prequel to MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN, the PS4 exclusive video game from Marvel and Insomniac Games, with a thrilling adventure that leads directly into the game narrative itself. The official prequel to the blockbuster action video game MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN, written by David Liss, bestselling author of A Conspiracy of Paper. The events of the novel lead directly into the game itself, and... read more

The official prequel to MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN, the PS4 exclusive video game from Marvel and Insomniac Games, with a thrilling adventure that leads directly into the game narrative itself. The official prequel to the blockbuster action video game MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN, written by David Liss, bestselling author of A Conspiracy of Paper. The events of the novel lead directly into the game itself, and... read more

The Predator

Christopher Golden, Mark Morris

The official novelization of the summer blockbuster The Predator, Shane Black’s new movie with a screenplay by Shane Black and Fred Dekker.For centuries Earth has been visited by warlike creatures that stalk mankind’s finest warriors. Their goals unknown, these deadly hunters kill their prey and depart as invisibly as they arrived, leaving no trace other than a trail of bodies.When a young boy... read more

The official novelization of the summer blockbuster The Predator, Shane Black’s new movie with a screenplay by Shane Black and Fred Dekker.For centuries Earth has been visited by warlike creatures that stalk mankind’s finest warriors. Their goals unknown, these deadly hunters kill their prey and depart as invisibly as they arrived, leaving no trace other than a trail of bodies.When a young boy... read more

Venom

James R. Tuck

The first of Titan’s new series of original Marvel novels, starring Spider-Man’s arch foe Venom in his anti-hero role as the Lethal Protector.WHEN EDDIE BROCK BECOMES BIOLOGICALLY LINKED TO A BIZARRE ALIEN SYMBIOTE, THE TWO SHARE A COMMON GOAL.At first they seek to squash their arch-foe Spider-Man. After repeated attempts, Venom reaches an uneasy truce with the web-spinner. Brock leaves New Yo... read more

The first of Titan’s new series of original Marvel novels, starring Spider-Man’s arch foe Venom in his anti-hero role as the Lethal Protector.WHEN EDDIE BROCK BECOMES BIOLOGICALLY LINKED TO A BIZARRE ALIEN SYMBIOTE, THE TWO SHARE A COMMON GOAL.At first they seek to squash their arch-foe Spider-Man. After repeated attempts, Venom reaches an uneasy truce with the web-spinner. Brock leaves New Yo... read more

Watching Skies

Mark O'Connell

Mark O'Connell didn't want to be Luke Skywalker, He wanted to be one of the mop-haired kids on the Star Wars toy commercials. And he would have done it had his parents had better pine furniture and a condo in California. Star Wars, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman didn't just change cinema – they made lasting highways in... read more

Mark O'Connell didn't want to be Luke Skywalker, He wanted to be one of the mop-haired kids on the Star Wars toy commercials. And he would have done it had his parents had better pine furniture and a condo in California. Star Wars, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman didn't just change cinema – they made lasting highways in... read more

Chapel Street

Sheila Brady

Chapel Street was a row of old Georgian terraced lodging houses in Altrincham, home to some 400 Irish, English, Welsh and Italian lodgers. From this tight-knit community of just sixty houses, 161 men volunteered for the First World War. They fought in all the campaigns of the war, with twenty-nine men killed in action and twenty dying from injuries soon after the war; more men were lost in act... read more

Chapel Street was a row of old Georgian terraced lodging houses in Altrincham, home to some 400 Irish, English, Welsh and Italian lodgers. From this tight-knit community of just sixty houses, 161 men volunteered for the First World War. They fought in all the campaigns of the war, with twenty-nine men killed in action and twenty dying from injuries soon after the war; more men were lost in act... read more

Wings Over Wexford

Liam Gaul

In 1918, during the final year of the First World War, the USN had a force of over 400 sailors and 22 officers and 4 Curtiss H16 seaplanes based in at Ferrybank, Wexford. The base was a veritable village with accommodation, hospital, medics, post office, YMCA Hall, radio towers, electricity generating plant and very large aircraft hangers. Although only operational for a limited period, its im... read more

In 1918, during the final year of the First World War, the USN had a force of over 400 sailors and 22 officers and 4 Curtiss H16 seaplanes based in at Ferrybank, Wexford. The base was a veritable village with accommodation, hospital, medics, post office, YMCA Hall, radio towers, electricity generating plant and very large aircraft hangers. Although only operational for a limited period, its im... read more

Blitz Hospital

Penny Starns

When the Blitz hit London, everything changed. Once, the Home Front was relatively safe – now it wasn’t. Suddenly, London was its own front line. Blitz Hospital follows the fortunes of two major London hospitals as they struggled to cope with mounting wartime casualties: St Thomas’ and The London. The diaries, letters and reports of medical and nursing staff highlight the many human stories of... read more

When the Blitz hit London, everything changed. Once, the Home Front was relatively safe – now it wasn’t. Suddenly, London was its own front line. Blitz Hospital follows the fortunes of two major London hospitals as they struggled to cope with mounting wartime casualties: St Thomas’ and The London. The diaries, letters and reports of medical and nursing staff highlight the many human stories of... read more

Dishonored

Adam Christopher

The official new novel set in the world of Dishonored, the award-winning video game. Billie Lurk has acheived the impossible: the Outsider has fallen. But now the Void is unbalanced, and the fate of the world is at stake. From Tyvia to Serkonos, mysterious rifts in the fabric of reality have appeared—portals into the Void, with the potential to tear the world apart. Billie’s search for the sou... read more

The official new novel set in the world of Dishonored, the award-winning video game. Billie Lurk has acheived the impossible: the Outsider has fallen. But now the Void is unbalanced, and the fate of the world is at stake. From Tyvia to Serkonos, mysterious rifts in the fabric of reality have appeared—portals into the Void, with the potential to tear the world apart. Billie’s search for the sou... read more

Pray for Death

James Hilton

A heart-pounding thriller for fans of Lee Child, Matt Hilton and James Hilton.EVEN PRAYER WON’T SAVE THEM NOWBrothers Danny and Clay Gunn were brought up an ocean apart. Both served in the military, and both know how to kill, taking work as private military contractors and freelance “fixers”.Celine Chavez is the closest thing to a daughter that Clay Gunn has. But now she has disappeared while ... read more

A heart-pounding thriller for fans of Lee Child, Matt Hilton and James Hilton.EVEN PRAYER WON’T SAVE THEM NOWBrothers Danny and Clay Gunn were brought up an ocean apart. Both served in the military, and both know how to kill, taking work as private military contractors and freelance “fixers”.Celine Chavez is the closest thing to a daughter that Clay Gunn has. But now she has disappeared while ... read more

Death of the Planet of the Apes

Andrew E. C. Gaska

The official, never-revealed adventures of astronaut George Taylor from the movie Planet of the ApesIn Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Col. George Taylor (played by Charlton Heston) disappears into the Forbidden Zone, only to return in the film’s climactic scene. For forty-eight years, the question has remained—what happened to Taylor?Finally the truth is revealed. Beneath the irradiated waste... read more

The official, never-revealed adventures of astronaut George Taylor from the movie Planet of the ApesIn Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Col. George Taylor (played by Charlton Heston) disappears into the Forbidden Zone, only to return in the film’s climactic scene. For forty-eight years, the question has remained—what happened to Taylor?Finally the truth is revealed. Beneath the irradiated waste... read more

DC Comics novels - Harley Quinn: Mad Love

Paul Dini, Pat Cadigan

The definitive story of Harley Quinn by her co-creator, Paul Dini, and Pat Cadigan, revealing the secrets of her history even as she seeks to kill Batman.When she was only seven years old, Harleen Quinzel witnessed her father being beaten up by thugs, and then arrested by the police. That night she ran away to the safest place she could think of: Coney Island amusement park. But there, pursued... read more

The definitive story of Harley Quinn by her co-creator, Paul Dini, and Pat Cadigan, revealing the secrets of her history even as she seeks to kill Batman.When she was only seven years old, Harleen Quinzel witnessed her father being beaten up by thugs, and then arrested by the police. That night she ran away to the safest place she could think of: Coney Island amusement park. But there, pursued... read more

The Irish Garden

Peter Dale

Don’t leave yet. Let there be one more piece of magic to remember the place by. Is there something especially Irish about Irish gardens? The climate, soils, availability of plants and skills of green-fingered people generate an unusually benign environment, it’s true, but not one that is unique to Ireland. Irish gardens tend to avoid magnificence in favour of a quiet and domesticated beauty, b... read more

Don’t leave yet. Let there be one more piece of magic to remember the place by. Is there something especially Irish about Irish gardens? The climate, soils, availability of plants and skills of green-fingered people generate an unusually benign environment, it’s true, but not one that is unique to Ireland. Irish gardens tend to avoid magnificence in favour of a quiet and domesticated beauty, b... read more

Chaos Queen

Christopher Husberg

“Perfect for fans of Daniel Abraham and Brandon Sanderson.” Library Journal on DuskfallThe Nine Daemons are on the rise.Once believed dead and gone, Daemons have found a way back into the world. But the only people who can withstand their assault are spread across the face of the Sfaera.Free at last from the influence of assassins and emperors alike, the psimancer Winter sails back to her home... read more

“Perfect for fans of Daniel Abraham and Brandon Sanderson.” Library Journal on DuskfallThe Nine Daemons are on the rise.Once believed dead and gone, Daemons have found a way back into the world. But the only people who can withstand their assault are spread across the face of the Sfaera.Free at last from the influence of assassins and emperors alike, the psimancer Winter sails back to her home... read more

Koko Uncaged

Kieran Shea

The third and final instalment in the fast-paced kick-ass Koko trilogy described by Booklist as “[A] futuristic wild ride... Great fun”. Surviving job loss, an unsettled vendetta, a submarine wreck, heartbreak, and mortal carnage on a tokusatsu scale, Koko P. Martstellar (ex-corporate mercenary and saloon/brothel owner) is trying to reassemble what’s left of her life. Being hired to protect gl... read more

The third and final instalment in the fast-paced kick-ass Koko trilogy described by Booklist as “[A] futuristic wild ride... Great fun”. Surviving job loss, an unsettled vendetta, a submarine wreck, heartbreak, and mortal carnage on a tokusatsu scale, Koko P. Martstellar (ex-corporate mercenary and saloon/brothel owner) is trying to reassemble what’s left of her life. Being hired to protect gl... read more

The First Irish Railway

Kurt Kullmann

The first Irish railway ran from Westland Row, in the centre of Dublin, to Kingstown, then a seaside resort on the coast south of the city. This historic line is now the DART line, Kingstown has become Dún Laoghaire and the world has changed around it. In this work, historian and author Kurt Kullmann recreates this era and takes us on a scenic journey through Ireland’s past.

The first Irish railway ran from Westland Row, in the centre of Dublin, to Kingstown, then a seaside resort on the coast south of the city. This historic line is now the DART line, Kingstown has become Dún Laoghaire and the world has changed around it. In this work, historian and author Kurt Kullmann recreates this era and takes us on a scenic journey through Ireland’s past.

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Jenni Clarke
Very professional, honest re when he was available. Very hellpful comments and copy edit. Answered questions and looked for some specifics. Dan also relooked at some added writing. This was my first copy edit and it fullfilled my expectations and I hope Dan and I will work together in the future. Thank you. Jenni Clarke

Jenni Clarke, April 2019

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