Dushi Horti

Dushi Horti - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

Experienced editor, formerly in-house at HarperCollins. I specialise in commercial + literary fiction. Available for proofreads + copyedits.

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I'm an experienced, formally trained editor and copywriter, having worked in-house for HarperCollins as well as freelancing for several companies and clients. I specialise in commercial and literary fiction and have worked across a wide range of genres including crime & thriller, YA, romance and historical fiction.

I'm known for being a fast and extremely thorough editor, with an eye for detail. I can adapt my editing style to suit individual briefs, whether that means paying close attention to writing style, addressing structural issues, completing an in-depth proofread - or all of the above!

Please see my portfolio for titles I've worked on previously.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Holiday
Romance
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Works with
Squarespace

Certifications

  • Progress in Editorial Skills: Copy-editing and Proofreading (Publishing Training Centre)

Work experience

Freelance editor and copywriter

Self-employed
September, 2017 – Present (about 2 years)

Editorial Assistant

HarperCollins
November, 2015 – September, 2017 (almost 2 years)

Portfolio (32 selected works)

The Secret Orphan: A gripping historical romance full of secrets

Glynis Peters

Keep her secret Keep her safeOn the 14th November 1940, Hitler’s bombs rain down on Coventry. From the rubble of a bombed-out family home, a young girl is saved … but at what cost?This is a stunning and memorable page-turner of love, loss and resilience for fans of The Tattooist of AuschwitzAs the Nazis’ relentless bombs fall during the Blitz of Coventry, six-year-old Rose Sherbourne finds her... read more

Keep her secret Keep her safeOn the 14th November 1940, Hitler’s bombs rain down on Coventry. From the rubble of a bombed-out family home, a young girl is saved … but at what cost?This is a stunning and memorable page-turner of love, loss and resilience for fans of The Tattooist of AuschwitzAs the Nazis’ relentless bombs fall during the Blitz of Coventry, six-year-old Rose Sherbourne finds her... read more

Cold Blood (An Aidan Snow SAS Thriller, Book 1)

Alex Shaw

Aidan Snow thought he could escape his past. But now it’s back, with a vengeance. Ten years ago, SAS Trooper Aidan Snow was left fighting for his life after a mission went wrong and ever since he has been haunted by the image of the man with green eyes. The man who should have killed him.Now, Snow is finally living a peaceful life in Ukraine… Until Taurus Pashinski, the green-eyed man, returns... read more

Aidan Snow thought he could escape his past. But now it’s back, with a vengeance. Ten years ago, SAS Trooper Aidan Snow was left fighting for his life after a mission went wrong and ever since he has been haunted by the image of the man with green eyes. The man who should have killed him.Now, Snow is finally living a peaceful life in Ukraine… Until Taurus Pashinski, the green-eyed man, returns... read more

It’s Always the Husband: the Sunday Times bestselling thriller for fans of THE MARRIAGE PACT

Michele Campbell

Kate, Aubrey and Jenny are inseparable at college - friends who promised they'd always be there for each other. But twenty years later, their friendship is about to take a deadly turn. Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and Jenny married the boy next door, but when one of the friends dies in shocking circumstances, will everyone assume that it's always the husband? Or coul... read more

Kate, Aubrey and Jenny are inseparable at college - friends who promised they'd always be there for each other. But twenty years later, their friendship is about to take a deadly turn. Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and Jenny married the boy next door, but when one of the friends dies in shocking circumstances, will everyone assume that it's always the husband? Or coul... read more

One Last Summer at Hideaway Bay: A gripping romantic read with an ending you won’t see coming!

Zoe Cook

Secrets lie waiting beneath the Cornish waves in this moving and unforgettable love story. The perfect summer holiday read for fans of JoJo Moyes.Lucy, hi. It’s Tom. How are you? It’s been a while. I’ve been meaning to get in touch but it’s hard to know how to after so much time. I hear you’re doing really well up there. I knew you would be.You should come here, you know, back to Hideaway bay.... read more

Secrets lie waiting beneath the Cornish waves in this moving and unforgettable love story. The perfect summer holiday read for fans of JoJo Moyes.Lucy, hi. It’s Tom. How are you? It’s been a while. I’ve been meaning to get in touch but it’s hard to know how to after so much time. I hear you’re doing really well up there. I knew you would be.You should come here, you know, back to Hideaway bay.... read more

Crazy Little Thing Called Love: The perfect laugh out loud romantic comedy you won’t be able to put down

Charlotte Butterfield

You will LOVE this wonderfully warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny romantic comedy for fans of Just Haven’t Met You Yet and Mhairi McFarlane.When Leila finds herself on the painful end of yet another disastrous break-up, no amount of Ben & Jerry’s and trashy rom-coms can cheer her up. And so – to the amusement of her friends and family – Leila takes a more drastic approach to dealing with he... read more

You will LOVE this wonderfully warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny romantic comedy for fans of Just Haven’t Met You Yet and Mhairi McFarlane.When Leila finds herself on the painful end of yet another disastrous break-up, no amount of Ben & Jerry’s and trashy rom-coms can cheer her up. And so – to the amusement of her friends and family – Leila takes a more drastic approach to dealing with he... read more

The Story of Us: The sweeping historical debut that you will never forget

Lana Kortchik

For fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Pam Jenoff, and Kate Furnivall comes this powerful tale of love, loss, and the power of hope.Why readers love The Story of Us: ‘Powerful and heart wrenching’‘Gripping historical novel’‘Captivating from the first page’Watching the Red Army withdraw from Ukraine in the face of Hitler’s relentless advance, Natasha Smirnova realises her life is about to chan... read more

For fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Pam Jenoff, and Kate Furnivall comes this powerful tale of love, loss, and the power of hope.Why readers love The Story of Us: ‘Powerful and heart wrenching’‘Gripping historical novel’‘Captivating from the first page’Watching the Red Army withdraw from Ukraine in the face of Hitler’s relentless advance, Natasha Smirnova realises her life is about to chan... read more

A Fatal Flaw: A gripping, twisty murder mystery perfect for all crime fiction fans

Faith Martin

The brand new Ryder & Loveday novel from global bestseller Faith Martin!1960, OxfordAs the city of Oxford prepares itself for the inaugural Miss Oxford Honey Beauty Pageant at The Old Swan Theatre, excitement is in the air.But when one of the leading contestants is found dead, suspicion hangs over the competition.Poisoned, the authorities assume her death was suicide. But after a malicious ser... read more

The brand new Ryder & Loveday novel from global bestseller Faith Martin!1960, OxfordAs the city of Oxford prepares itself for the inaugural Miss Oxford Honey Beauty Pageant at The Old Swan Theatre, excitement is in the air.But when one of the leading contestants is found dead, suspicion hangs over the competition.Poisoned, the authorities assume her death was suicide. But after a malicious ser... read more

We Are Not Okay

Natália Gomes

The Hidden Women

Kerry Barrett

Luck and Other Deadly Things: A free miscellany of new bonus content for fans of The Gambler's Den series

Christopher Byford

Exclusive bonus content from The Gambler’s Den series that fans won’t want to miss!There is more to the The Gambler’s Den series than you have ever imagined!In this miscellany, Christopher Byford pulls together fascinating deleted scenes from the series to give fans added insight into the characters and world he has created.And as it’s free for readers to download, there is no excuse not to de... read more

Exclusive bonus content from The Gambler’s Den series that fans won’t want to miss!There is more to the The Gambler’s Den series than you have ever imagined!In this miscellany, Christopher Byford pulls together fascinating deleted scenes from the series to give fans added insight into the characters and world he has created.And as it’s free for readers to download, there is no excuse not to de... read more

Cold Black (An Aidan Snow SAS Thriller, Book 2)

Alex Shaw

Aidan Snow is back with a mission that is bigger than ever. Now an MI6 operative, Snow must locate and rescue an old SAS colleague before an Al-Qaeda splinter cell can carry out acts of unprecedented horror. But who is covertly funding these new attacks and why?Aidan Snow finds himself caught in a maelstrom involving East, West and Middle East which could have catastrophic results.Praise for A... read more

Aidan Snow is back with a mission that is bigger than ever. Now an MI6 operative, Snow must locate and rescue an old SAS colleague before an Al-Qaeda splinter cell can carry out acts of unprecedented horror. But who is covertly funding these new attacks and why?Aidan Snow finds himself caught in a maelstrom involving East, West and Middle East which could have catastrophic results.Praise for A... read more

Cold East (An Aidan Snow SAS Thriller, Book 3)

Alex Shaw

The clock is ticking. Will Aidan Snow be able to save the world…again?In Ukraine, MI6 operative Aidan Snow rescues a British national held by Russian insurgents.In the United States, a terrorist attack is thwarted by a man who does not exist.In Russia, a notorious Chechen terrorist escapes from the nation's most secure prisonIn Afghanistan, a Red Army soldier long given up for dead delivers a ... read more

The clock is ticking. Will Aidan Snow be able to save the world…again?In Ukraine, MI6 operative Aidan Snow rescues a British national held by Russian insurgents.In the United States, a terrorist attack is thwarted by a man who does not exist.In Russia, a notorious Chechen terrorist escapes from the nation's most secure prisonIn Afghanistan, a Red Army soldier long given up for dead delivers a ... read more

Love Heart Lane: A feel good romantic comedy to make you fall in love again (Love Heart Lane Series, Book 1)

Christie Barlow

Order the brand new romantic comedy now from bestselling author Christie Barlow!Welcome to Love Heart Lane…When Flick Simons returns to the small village of Heartcross she only expected to stay for a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.When a winter storm sweeps i... read more

Order the brand new romantic comedy now from bestselling author Christie Barlow!Welcome to Love Heart Lane…When Flick Simons returns to the small village of Heartcross she only expected to stay for a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.When a winter storm sweeps i... read more

Spring at Lavender Bay: A delightfully uplifting holiday romance for 2018! (Lavender Bay, Book 1)

Sarah Bennett

‘Delightfully romantic and touching.’ Phillipa Ashley on Sunrise at Butterfly CoveA season for change…?Beth Reynolds loved growing up close to Eleanor’s Emporium – a bric-a-brac shop full of wonders on Lavender Bay. Devastated to learn that Eleanor has died, she returns home from London immediately and is shocked to discover that the elderly lady has left the shop to her!Vowing to restore it t... read more

‘Delightfully romantic and touching.’ Phillipa Ashley on Sunrise at Butterfly CoveA season for change…?Beth Reynolds loved growing up close to Eleanor’s Emporium – a bric-a-brac shop full of wonders on Lavender Bay. Devastated to learn that Eleanor has died, she returns home from London immediately and is shocked to discover that the elderly lady has left the shop to her!Vowing to restore it t... read more

Summer at Lavender Bay: A fabulously feel-good summer romance perfect for taking on holiday! (Lavender Bay, Book 2)

Sarah Bennett

‘Delightfully romantic and touching.’ Phillipa Ashley on Sunrise at Butterfly CoveLove happens when you least expect it…When Eliza Barnes said ‘I do’ to her husband all those years ago, she thought that they’d be together forever. Instead, he’s flown to Abu Dhabi to start a new life, and she’s returning to the little seaside town of Lavender Bay.It’s finally time to chase the dreams she’s put ... read more

‘Delightfully romantic and touching.’ Phillipa Ashley on Sunrise at Butterfly CoveLove happens when you least expect it…When Eliza Barnes said ‘I do’ to her husband all those years ago, she thought that they’d be together forever. Instead, he’s flown to Abu Dhabi to start a new life, and she’s returning to the little seaside town of Lavender Bay.It’s finally time to chase the dreams she’s put ... read more

Snowflakes at Lavender Bay: A perfectly uplifting 2018 Christmas read from bestseller Sarah Bennett! (Lavender Bay, Book 3)

Sarah Bennett

‘Delightfully romantic and touching.’ Phillipa Ashley on Sunrise at Butterfly CoveThe most wonderful time of the year…Libby Stone has lived in Lavender Bay all her life. She loves the little seaside town and has big dreams to turn her father’s greasy old chippy into a dainty teashop – not that she’s told him yet!Finding love isn’t easy amongst the cluster of coastal houses, but it’s not every ... read more

‘Delightfully romantic and touching.’ Phillipa Ashley on Sunrise at Butterfly CoveThe most wonderful time of the year…Libby Stone has lived in Lavender Bay all her life. She loves the little seaside town and has big dreams to turn her father’s greasy old chippy into a dainty teashop – not that she’s told him yet!Finding love isn’t easy amongst the cluster of coastal houses, but it’s not every ... read more

Remember Me: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

D. E. White

Fifteen years ago Ellen Smith vanished from the woods near her small Welsh village. Never to be seen again.Eight people were in the woods that night: eight splintered lives, eight people hiding a terrible secret. But who can remember the truth?Now, Ellen’s best friend, Detective Ava Cole is all grown up back in the village where it all began, and everyone is asking the same question.What reall... read more

Fifteen years ago Ellen Smith vanished from the woods near her small Welsh village. Never to be seen again.Eight people were in the woods that night: eight splintered lives, eight people hiding a terrible secret. But who can remember the truth?Now, Ellen’s best friend, Detective Ava Cole is all grown up back in the village where it all began, and everyone is asking the same question.What reall... read more

The Drowned Woman

Terry Lynn Thomas

December 1937.When Zeke’s sister-in-law Rachel Caen was found dead on Christmas Eve, her family assumed that she had taken her own life.Now five years later, one of the emeralds that Rachel was wearing at the time of her death is discovered at a stonecutter’s house in Portland, Oregon.With his brother Simon under suspicion for Rachel’s murder and stealing the emeralds, Zeke and Sarah are under... read more

December 1937.When Zeke’s sister-in-law Rachel Caen was found dead on Christmas Eve, her family assumed that she had taken her own life.Now five years later, one of the emeralds that Rachel was wearing at the time of her death is discovered at a stonecutter’s house in Portland, Oregon.With his brother Simon under suspicion for Rachel’s murder and stealing the emeralds, Zeke and Sarah are under... read more

A Greek Affair: Escape the January blues with this heartwarming Greek holiday read!

Linn B. Halton

Linn B. Halton also writes as Lucy Coleman, the top ten bestselling author of Snowflakes Over Holly Cove!More than just a holiday romance?Her daughter, her job and divorcing her untrustworthy ex are Leah’s main priorities. She isn’t really bothered that her life might be missing a few things. But after winning a prestigious travel blogger award, she’s inundated with offers to review glamorous ... read more

Linn B. Halton also writes as Lucy Coleman, the top ten bestselling author of Snowflakes Over Holly Cove!More than just a holiday romance?Her daughter, her job and divorcing her untrustworthy ex are Leah’s main priorities. She isn’t really bothered that her life might be missing a few things. But after winning a prestigious travel blogger award, she’s inundated with offers to review glamorous ... read more

Christmas at Strand House: A gorgeously uplifting festive romance!

Linda Mitchelmore

‘The perfect book to take on holiday!’ Pretty Little Book Reviews on Summer at 23 The StrandA holiday to change their lives forever!A festive feel-good holiday read, perfect for fans of Lilly Bartlett, Tilly Tennant and Eve Devon.When Lissy inherits her late godmother’s seaside villa, Strand House, she decides to turn her life upside-down and move to the seaside.It couldn’t have come at a more... read more

‘The perfect book to take on holiday!’ Pretty Little Book Reviews on Summer at 23 The StrandA holiday to change their lives forever!A festive feel-good holiday read, perfect for fans of Lilly Bartlett, Tilly Tennant and Eve Devon.When Lissy inherits her late godmother’s seaside villa, Strand House, she decides to turn her life upside-down and move to the seaside.It couldn’t have come at a more... read more

A Fatal Mistake: A gripping, twisty murder mystery perfect for all crime fiction fans

Faith Martin

A brand new Ryder & Loveday mystery from global bestseller Faith MartinSummer 1960, Oxford In the glorious sunshine of Oxford, on a day when everyone should be celebrating, tragedy strikes when a university student is found floating in the river, dead.Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday finds herself paired with coroner Clement Ryder to investigate and it soon becomes clear that this case is not go... read more

A brand new Ryder & Loveday mystery from global bestseller Faith MartinSummer 1960, Oxford In the glorious sunshine of Oxford, on a day when everyone should be celebrating, tragedy strikes when a university student is found floating in the river, dead.Probationary WPC Trudy Loveday finds herself paired with coroner Clement Ryder to investigate and it soon becomes clear that this case is not go... read more

Goodbye for Now: A breathtaking historical debut

M.J. Hollows

Two brothers, only one survives. As Europe is torn apart by war, two brothers fight very different battles, and both could lose everything… While George has always been the brother to rush towards the action, fast becoming a boy-soldier when war breaks out, Joe thinks differently. Refusing to fight, Joe stays behind as a conscientious objector battling against the propaganda.On the Western fro... read more

Two brothers, only one survives. As Europe is torn apart by war, two brothers fight very different battles, and both could lose everything… While George has always been the brother to rush towards the action, fast becoming a boy-soldier when war breaks out, Joe thinks differently. Refusing to fight, Joe stays behind as a conscientious objector battling against the propaganda.On the Western fro... read more

The Backpacking Housewife: Escape around the world with this feel good novel about second chances! (The Backpacking Housewife, Book 1)

Janice Horton

‘A feelgood read that reminds us it’s never too late to live the life you want’ 4* SUNOne mum is leaving it all behind for the adventure of a lifetime…Lorraine Anderson was meant to be making a Sunday roast, not swanning off to Thailand, backpack in hand! But when she finds her husband and her best friend in bed together there’s only one thing to do – grab her passport and never look back!Now,... read more

‘A feelgood read that reminds us it’s never too late to live the life you want’ 4* SUNOne mum is leaving it all behind for the adventure of a lifetime…Lorraine Anderson was meant to be making a Sunday roast, not swanning off to Thailand, backpack in hand! But when she finds her husband and her best friend in bed together there’s only one thing to do – grab her passport and never look back!Now,... read more

I Still Dream

James Smythe

The Liars: An addictive and gripping new psychological thriller for 2019

Naomi Joy

Two women. One deadly secret. A rivalry that could destroy them. Ava Wells is perfect. She has the boyfriend, the career, the looks. One night changes everything and her life isn't so seamless anymore. Jade Fernleigh is ambitious. She's worked hard to get where she is. And she's not about to let Ava take the job she rightly deserves. Both women share a secret that could destroy them, but who w... read more

Two women. One deadly secret. A rivalry that could destroy them. Ava Wells is perfect. She has the boyfriend, the career, the looks. One night changes everything and her life isn't so seamless anymore. Jade Fernleigh is ambitious. She's worked hard to get where she is. And she's not about to let Ava take the job she rightly deserves. Both women share a secret that could destroy them, but who w... read more

Close Your Eyes: A gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist!

Darren O'Sullivan

Close your eyes…and count to ten.‘I was gripped by this taut and emotional thriller.’ Louise Jensen, author of The Sister.‘A well crafted, nail biting thriller crammed with unpredictable twists. It wrong foots you with a killer twist that will have you re-reading because you can’t believe you didn’t see it coming.’ John Marrs, author of The One‘I thought it was absolutely brilliant – really fa... read more

Close your eyes…and count to ten.‘I was gripped by this taut and emotional thriller.’ Louise Jensen, author of The Sister.‘A well crafted, nail biting thriller crammed with unpredictable twists. It wrong foots you with a killer twist that will have you re-reading because you can’t believe you didn’t see it coming.’ John Marrs, author of The One‘I thought it was absolutely brilliant – really fa... read more

The Pieces of You and Me: The new heartfelt and uplifting love story for 2019 from bestselling author Rachel Burton

Rachel Burton

‘A beautiful story of second-chance love between two perfectly imperfect characters. Rachel writes with such emotional honesty, it leaves me lost for words.’ Sarah Bennett She’d turned her back on love. But fate had other ideas. A powerful and uplifting second chance love story to make you laugh and cry, perfect for fans of Katie Marsh, Sheila O’Flanagan, and Amanda Prowse.When Jess and Rupert... read more

‘A beautiful story of second-chance love between two perfectly imperfect characters. Rachel writes with such emotional honesty, it leaves me lost for words.’ Sarah Bennett She’d turned her back on love. But fate had other ideas. A powerful and uplifting second chance love story to make you laugh and cry, perfect for fans of Katie Marsh, Sheila O’Flanagan, and Amanda Prowse.When Jess and Rupert... read more

No Place Like Home

Maxine Morrey

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Dwayne Gill
This was my first time working with Dushi, and I've had mixed experiences working with proofreaders in the past. Dushi was fantastic: friendly, helpful, prompt, and delivered the best proofreading job I've ever seen. She went above and beyond her duties, and she charged a very fair price. I'm really glad I found her here on Reedsy, for I feel like my continuing search for a proofreader is over....
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Dwayne Gill, May 2019


Richard Wake
Dushi's work was everything you could want: prompt, thorough and caring. Highly recommended!

Richard Wake, March 2019

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