Deborah Blake

Deborah Blake - Editor Tick

Bexley, Kent, United Kingdom

Experienced fiction editor and proofreader specialising in crime, romance and literary fiction. I always respect an author's voice.

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Overview

I love working with independent authors helping you to get your manuscript in shape for self-publishing or sending to an agent. I appreciate how hard you've worked to get your novel to this stage. Rest assured I will use the utmost sensitivity to make sure that it stays in your novel. I'll help you to improve the text to make sure it's the best it can be while still retaining your voice.

I have over six years' experience, have undertaken industry-recognised training and can work onscreen or on paper. You can rest assured that I never miss a deadline and always stay within budget.

My regular publishing clients include:
Head of Zeus
Bonnier/Twenty7 Books
Blue Baltic Press
Lake Union Publishing
Bloodhound Books
Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
Quercus
Sue Richardson

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Literature
Romance

Work experience

Editor & proofreader

Self-employed
August, 2011 – Present (about 7 years)

Portfolio (19 selected works)

The Time Before The Time To Come: i mua a muri

Jill Johnson

Set between London and New Zealand and intertwining past and present, The Time Before The Time To Come follows Victoria’s journey as she rediscovers her Maori heritage and embarks on a path of self-discovery,unwrapping layers of her past to try to make sense of her present.The Time Before The Time To Come beautifully encapsulates the family ties that exist from one generation to the nextand ex... read more

Set between London and New Zealand and intertwining past and present, The Time Before The Time To Come follows Victoria’s journey as she rediscovers her Maori heritage and embarks on a path of self-discovery,unwrapping layers of her past to try to make sense of her present.The Time Before The Time To Come beautifully encapsulates the family ties that exist from one generation to the nextand ex... read more

Without Trace: An edge of your seat psychological thriller (A Morgan Vine Thriller)

Simon Booker

For four long years, journalist Morgan Vine has campaigned for the release of her childhood sweetheart Danny Kilcannon - convicted, on dubious evidence, of murdering his 14 year-old stepdaughter. When a key witness recants, Danny is released from prison. With nowhere else to go, he relies on single mum Morgan and her teenage daughter, Lissa. But then Lissa goes missing. With her own child now ... read more

For four long years, journalist Morgan Vine has campaigned for the release of her childhood sweetheart Danny Kilcannon - convicted, on dubious evidence, of murdering his 14 year-old stepdaughter. When a key witness recants, Danny is released from prison. With nowhere else to go, he relies on single mum Morgan and her teenage daughter, Lissa. But then Lissa goes missing. With her own child now ... read more

The Santa Monica Suicide Club

Jeremy C. Thomas

The mutilated body of a man is discovered inside a suitcase on Santa Monica Beach, his UK passpor....

The mutilated body of a man is discovered inside a suitcase on Santa Monica Beach, his UK passpor....

The Woman in the Woods: a compelling new psychological thriller

Louise Mullins

The Woman in the Woods: a powerful new psychological thriller from a best-selling authorEditorial reviews:"A fantastic example of domestic noir that will keep you turning the pages." Betsy Reavley, author of the best-selling thrillers The Quiet Ones, Carrion & The Optician's WifeBook description:Reporter, Rachel Harper, begins to investigate the disappearance of a local student. In the hope of... read more

The Woman in the Woods: a powerful new psychological thriller from a best-selling authorEditorial reviews:"A fantastic example of domestic noir that will keep you turning the pages." Betsy Reavley, author of the best-selling thrillers The Quiet Ones, Carrion & The Optician's WifeBook description:Reporter, Rachel Harper, begins to investigate the disappearance of a local student. In the hope of... read more

Rosa's Gold

Ray Kingfisher

Nicole Sutton s world has been turned upside down. Sixteen and suffering the fallout of a devasta....

Nicole Sutton s world has been turned upside down. Sixteen and suffering the fallout of a devasta....

Forgotten Women

Freda Lightfoot

It is 1936 and Spain is on the brink of civil war. Across Europe, young men are enlisting in the....

It is 1936 and Spain is on the brink of civil war. Across Europe, young men are enlisting in the....

How To Kill Friends And Implicate People

Jay Stringer

Fergus Fletcher is a hit man. For five thousand pounds, he’ll kill anyone you want. For seven, he’ll frame someone else. Pretending to kill someone is a first, but Alex Pennan has stolen from the mob and needs to fake his own death.Fergus is looking for love. So is Sam Ireland, a private investigator and part-time bike messenger. But she’s got her hands on a very important package and is in a ... read more

Fergus Fletcher is a hit man. For five thousand pounds, he’ll kill anyone you want. For seven, he’ll frame someone else. Pretending to kill someone is a first, but Alex Pennan has stolen from the mob and needs to fake his own death.Fergus is looking for love. So is Sam Ireland, a private investigator and part-time bike messenger. But she’s got her hands on a very important package and is in a ... read more

Forest of Mists

Gayle McCain

Rollo's Oak

Rojack

Rollo`s Oak Part OneA story for young adultsAs a troubled teenage girl Izzy and her rather staid twin brother James, join forces with their cousin Charlotte and discover that they have all inherited something rather unusual.With an ageing sceptical detective, his female sidekick and a young researcher they form a most unlikely alliance.Their target is a Russian billionaire who has hidden his t... read more

Rollo`s Oak Part OneA story for young adultsAs a troubled teenage girl Izzy and her rather staid twin brother James, join forces with their cousin Charlotte and discover that they have all inherited something rather unusual.With an ageing sceptical detective, his female sidekick and a young researcher they form a most unlikely alliance.Their target is a Russian billionaire who has hidden his t... read more

That Girl

Kate Kerrigan

You can escape a place. But you can't escape yourself. Hanna flees the scene of a terrible crime in her native Sligo. If she can just vanish, re-invent herself under a new name, perhaps the police won't catch up with her. London seems the perfect place to disappear. Lara has always loved Matthew and imagined happy married life in Dublin. Then comes the bombshell – Matthew says he wants to join... read more

You can escape a place. But you can't escape yourself. Hanna flees the scene of a terrible crime in her native Sligo. If she can just vanish, re-invent herself under a new name, perhaps the police won't catch up with her. London seems the perfect place to disappear. Lara has always loved Matthew and imagined happy married life in Dublin. Then comes the bombshell – Matthew says he wants to join... read more

Scarlet Widow (Beatrice Scarlet)

Graham Masterton

They said the killings were the word of Satan. But Beatrice Scarlet, the apothecary's daughter, detects the hands of men... New Hampshire, 1756: The god-fearing farmers of Sutton are suffering divine punishment for unknown sins. Crops fail, cows die and fish are poisoned by their water. Six pigs, slaughtered in their sty, bear the mark of the devils in their mouths. But to Beatrice Scarlet, th... read more

They said the killings were the word of Satan. But Beatrice Scarlet, the apothecary's daughter, detects the hands of men... New Hampshire, 1756: The god-fearing farmers of Sutton are suffering divine punishment for unknown sins. Crops fail, cows die and fish are poisoned by their water. Six pigs, slaughtered in their sty, bear the mark of the devils in their mouths. But to Beatrice Scarlet, th... read more

The Serpent Sword (The Bernicia Chronicles Book 1)

Matthew Harffy

'Historical fiction doesn't get much better than this' ANGUS DONALD, author of The Outlaw Chronicles. 'Matthew Harffy's tale of England in the Dark Ages is nothing less than superb' HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY. 'Murder, betrayal and vengeance fuel tribal warfare and personal combat. Beobrand is the warrior to follow' DAVID GILMAN. Beobrand is compelled by his brother's almost-certain murder to em... read more

'Historical fiction doesn't get much better than this' ANGUS DONALD, author of The Outlaw Chronicles. 'Matthew Harffy's tale of England in the Dark Ages is nothing less than superb' HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY. 'Murder, betrayal and vengeance fuel tribal warfare and personal combat. Beobrand is the warrior to follow' DAVID GILMAN. Beobrand is compelled by his brother's almost-certain murder to em... read more

The Log House

Baylea Hart

The forest is a deadly place. Nobody knows this better than Penny. She has spent her whole life hiding in the darkness, shielding herself from the terrors that watch and wait within the trees.When Penny is abandoned and left for dead in the forest, she is forced to navigate this terrifying labyrinth in order to return home to her son and take revenge on the woman who tried to kill her.But the ... read more

The forest is a deadly place. Nobody knows this better than Penny. She has spent her whole life hiding in the darkness, shielding herself from the terrors that watch and wait within the trees.When Penny is abandoned and left for dead in the forest, she is forced to navigate this terrifying labyrinth in order to return home to her son and take revenge on the woman who tried to kill her.But the ... read more

The Outer Circle

Ian Ridley

"An outstanding debut novel – storytelling at its finest" Stephen LeatherIt’s the morning after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in London. The city is relaxed as rarely before, delighted with itself at how spectacularly it has hosted the uplifting event. The capital, however, will be rudely and brutally awoken from its self-congratulation by a shocking atrocity committed upon innocen... read more

"An outstanding debut novel – storytelling at its finest" Stephen LeatherIt’s the morning after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in London. The city is relaxed as rarely before, delighted with itself at how spectacularly it has hosted the uplifting event. The capital, however, will be rudely and brutally awoken from its self-congratulation by a shocking atrocity committed upon innocen... read more

Mr Woodreeve's Reflection

Robert Bluck

"Elemantal and intriguing" – Linda France Emma sees something impossible again – a man walking unharmed out of a deep churning river. Last time her parents thought she was hallucinating. Now she’ll keep it secret. Is Emma going crazy? Or does she see things the others can’t see – or won’t admit to seeing? On the surface is a family in crisis. Emma is an awkward teenager in a world of her own, ... read more

"Elemantal and intriguing" – Linda France Emma sees something impossible again – a man walking unharmed out of a deep churning river. Last time her parents thought she was hallucinating. Now she’ll keep it secret. Is Emma going crazy? Or does she see things the others can’t see – or won’t admit to seeing? On the surface is a family in crisis. Emma is an awkward teenager in a world of her own, ... read more

The Falmouth Son

Mark Ballett

A Duty to Kill

Stephen Davis

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