As a freelance editor I have helped debut and established writers looking to polish manuscripts ahead of self-publication, or to deliver on a commissioned work.
As an agent I have worked with Booker Prize shortlister Fiona Mozley, leading international affairs scholar Samir Puri, and Rebecca Wilson who launched What Mummy Makes on Instagram and now has close to 500,000 followers. In an editorial advisory capacity I have enjoyed working with Telegraph columnist and novelist Celia Walden and Helen Fielding (whom I assisted early on in my career in quite a varied role!).
*Please note my job as an agent and my freelance editorial work are quite distinct.*
Although I like to share the benefit of my industry knowledge, and do advise authors if I feel a book would benefit from traditional representation (where fees should never be charged), I feel there is a need in itself for the kind of pre-publication editorial support that most agents and publishers simply haven't the time or capacity for during a busy working week - from initial editorial assessments and full structural/developmental edits to fine-tune copyediting and proofing, which all require a lot of dedicated work.
I continue to write creatively myself and my first novel was called a 'literary tour de force' by the Sunday Telegraph (UK). I currently have a couple of new ongoing projects I am working on and know well the difficulties of fulfilling the dream of seeing your book(s) published, in what is always a tough market!
I follow Reedsy's own guidelines for fees and base mine strictly on word count (and am happy to advise before we work together if I think a manuscript is simply too short or too long). I also advise if I feel a manuscript is at too early a stage for a proofread and needs a copyedit, or indeed would first benefit from an editorial assessment. Reedsy's pricing calculator can be found on their blog here:
Starting out by offering copywriting and editorial support to the marketing and advertising industry I soon aligned my work with my agenting career to offer writers - from household names and leaders in their fields (history, current affairs and contemporary fiction) - editorial support. My work has included first read assessments and structural notes to help redrafting, to providing a keen eye to copyedit and proofread authors' manuscripts ahead of self publication.
Salaried part-time literary agent looking after a backlist of approximately 75 authors, while handling a small roster of my own authors as part of the company's stable.
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