Dionne McCulloch

Dionne McCulloch - Editor Tick

Bath, UK

Experienced editor specializing in developing your voice and shaping your story so it engages readers. US and UK markets.

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As an author myself I know how isolating a writer’s journey can be. We all need an experienced advocate in our corner offering support, expertise and guidance. As an editor, I have nurtured authors from first timers to professionals and know that as your confidence grows, your voice strengthens and your writing improves.

I will help you see where your writing excels and build on that, create vital, engaging characters with powerful motivations and desires, and improve your writing techniques. I'll teach you to fine tune your story's pacing and tension and help you write character-revealing dialogue that advances your plot. I can shape your lumpy first draft into a book that engages from page one, or polish your manuscript sentence by sentence until it shines.

I've been a judge for two international novel awards, a PitchWars mentor, and I currently work as an editor for a UK literary consultancy. My agent is at Writers House in NYC.

My previous career was as a documentary TV producer, and I hold a degree in Broadcast Communications.

Fun fact! I also edited speeches for President Clinton.

Feedback from clients:

“Dionne is a wonderful mentor. She was both supportive and insightful, creating a safe space to talk about some difficult issues I was facing in my writing, and then helping me to draw out the central themes and to dig deeper into what was at stake for my characters. Dionne's feedback helped me to approach and think about my writing in new ways.”
--Zoe Lambert, author and lecturer in Creative Writing, Lancaster University, UK.

"Dionne provided me with a windfall of helpful feedback on my novel, including ways to improve characters, plot, theme, and where to clean up the language on the line level. She also referenced examples for every major point so that I knew exactly what she was talking about. Most importantly, after reading her feedback I agreed with almost everything she mentioned, which to me showed how tuned in she was while she was editing. Most of her comments, I thought, were not subjective. She gave me objective ways to make my work better."
--Ben Orlando, author and English Professor, George Mason University, USA

“I have found Dionne to be an excellent editor. She is creative, rigorous, and collaborative without being intrusive. She has helped me to gain clarity in my narrative and has given me the encouragement I needed to finish my book. I highly recommend her.”
--Sheila Hawdon, literary writer.

“Dionne was incredibly helpful, striking the right balance between being critical and encouraging. I was immensely grateful for the guidance on tone and on making the writing 'appear' rather than just being purely descriptive. Dionne was also very sensitive in recognising that, unlike pure fiction, biographical work is very real and very personal. Overall, just what I needed- firm but sensitive guidance”
--Charlie Kiss, memoirist, A New Man.

"Working with Dionne I found her nothing short of miraculous. Very friendly and professional. Her ability to draw out the real depths of your story and bring it to life with important details is amazing . Dionne is very honest, will always encourage and teach ways to self-improve, advising if something doesn’t work. I will definitely work with her again and would highly recommend her."
--Julie Smallwood, thriller writer.

"Simply put, Dionne is inspiring and brilliant. My novel is transformed, a superb mentor. Five big stars!”
--Frank Conway, literary author.

"As a fellow editor, author, and co-mentor in Pitch Wars with Dionne, I would highly recommend her as one of the best editors that an author could have the pleasure of working with. She has an amazing ability to draw out the core emotional gut of a story, find the plot's backbone, and teach a writer how to implement a myriad of skills for their future books. Her enthusiasm, dedication, professionalism, and ability to see the big picture as well as the fine detail is an editing package not often found. If you're looking for top quality, you've found it in Dionne. I'd endorse every book she's worked on without hesitation."
--Fiona McLaren, author and professional editor.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Horror
Literature
Paranormal Romance
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Editor

UK literary consultancy.
November, 2015 – Present (over 2 years)

Mentoring authors by providing one on one mentorships primarily in novel development (early drafts), providing in-depth editorial reports and copy editing manuscripts.

Mentor

PitchWars
November, 2014 – November, 2017 (about 3 years)

Mentoring winning authors through submission to agents for the US writing contest.

Judge

Bath Novel Award
March, 2014 – November, 2017 (over 3 years)

Reading for short list and long list of Bath Novel Award and Children's Bath Novel Award since competitions' inception.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Liar's Chair

Rebecca Whitney

Rachel Teller and her husband David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. The big house, the successful business... They have everything. However, control, not love, fuels their relationship and David has no idea his wife indulges in drunken indiscretions. When Rachel kills a man in a hit and run, the meticulously maintained veneer over their life begins to crack. Destroying all evidence of ... read more

Rachel Teller and her husband David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. The big house, the successful business... They have everything. However, control, not love, fuels their relationship and David has no idea his wife indulges in drunken indiscretions. When Rachel kills a man in a hit and run, the meticulously maintained veneer over their life begins to crack. Destroying all evidence of ... read more

Testament

Kim Sherwood

Precocious

Joanna Barnard

'Can there be a more unreliable narrator than a teenage girl?' Fiona Palmer is (un)happily married when a chance meeting with her former teacher plunges her headlong into an affair. Intercut with the realities of their adult relationship, Fiona remembers first meeting the enigmatic Henry Morgan as a precocious and lonely fourteen-year-old. Her schoolgirl crush developed into an intense relatio... read more

'Can there be a more unreliable narrator than a teenage girl?' Fiona Palmer is (un)happily married when a chance meeting with her former teacher plunges her headlong into an affair. Intercut with the realities of their adult relationship, Fiona remembers first meeting the enigmatic Henry Morgan as a precocious and lonely fourteen-year-old. Her schoolgirl crush developed into an intense relatio... read more

Baby Doll

Hollie Overton

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Tee O'Neill

We have only just started but already Dionne has helped me develop the manuscript. I'm in good hands.

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, June 2018

Dionne McCulloch

Thank you, Tee. It's a pleasure to be working with you!

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Tim Messer

Dionne was very gracious and helpful. She was quick with communication and completed the task ahead of schedule!

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, May 2018

Dionne McCulloch

Thank you Tim, I loved reading your story and would be happy to work with you again. Best of luck with your novel!

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