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Edmund Pickett

Edmund Pickett - Editor

I'm from the Rocky Mountain west. I've edited ten best selling thrillers, all for the same author. Now I'd like to help you.

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I'm a novelist who got into editing accidentally and discovered that I liked it. I enjoyed the first two Mark Dawson thrillers I read but the next one seemed to have editing problems so I wrote him a long email. Instead of ignoring me, he offered me a job. That was about ten books ago. Besides writing my own thrillers and editing Mark's, I read a ton of thrillers by other authors (thank you, BookBub!) so I know the market and I know all the errors that can rob your plot of suspense and your prose of polish. I love sentences that flow and characters who are unpredictable. I can offer developmental editing in the early drafts, and copy editing for the final manuscript. I have non-literary experience that comes in handy in the thriller world also. I was born and raised in Wyoming and worked outdoors in Alaska for many years, so I know horses, trucks, firearms and explosives. My own writing is available on Amazon. Currently I divide my time between the Andes mountains of Argentina and the highlands of Mexico.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Thriller

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
December, 2013 – Present (over 4 years)

As an editor I have had only one client, Mark Dawson. I have found that I enjoy editing. It's a good change of pace from my own writing and I always learn something. Since Mark writes thrillers and so do I, that is my area of concentration. Since I began to work for Mark I've found that I now think like an editor when writing my own books and also when reading other writers. I also keep in touch with the market by reading any new thriller author I can find. Best sellers, indies, newbies and wannabes, I read them all, so I can help you avoid the usual errors.
My focus in developmental editing is plot, characters, setting, continuity and pacing. I won't let you pad a chapter to make your daily word count. In copy editing, I'm hell on confusing fight scenes, mixed metaphors, unclear pronoun antecedents, and revolvers with safeties. I can help to make your action scenes addictive and your characters memorable.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Ghosts - John Milton #4 (John Milton Series)

Mark Dawson

John Milton is a ghost. He was Number One. The most dangerous assassin in Group Fifteen, the black-ops organisation that solves problems when diplomacy has failed. Now Milton is Her Majesty’s most wanted fugitive – an anonymous loner with a deadly set of skills. So when he is arrested following a brawl in a Texas bar, the last person he expected to bail him out was a glamorous operative from t... read more

John Milton is a ghost. He was Number One. The most dangerous assassin in Group Fifteen, the black-ops organisation that solves problems when diplomacy has failed. Now Milton is Her Majesty’s most wanted fugitive – an anonymous loner with a deadly set of skills. So when he is arrested following a brawl in a Texas bar, the last person he expected to bail him out was a glamorous operative from t... read more

The Sword of God - John Milton #5 (John Milton Series)

Mark Dawson

A man called Milton walks into town… On the run from his own demons, John Milton treks through the Michigan wilderness into the town of Truth. He’s not looking for trouble, but trouble's looking for him. He finds himself up against a small-town cop who has no idea with whom he is dealing, and no idea how dangerous he is.But Milton is double crossed and badly injured. Unarmed and alone, he flee... read more

A man called Milton walks into town… On the run from his own demons, John Milton treks through the Michigan wilderness into the town of Truth. He’s not looking for trouble, but trouble's looking for him. He finds himself up against a small-town cop who has no idea with whom he is dealing, and no idea how dangerous he is.But Milton is double crossed and badly injured. Unarmed and alone, he flee... read more

Salvation Row - John Milton #6 (John Milton Series)

Mark Dawson

John Milton is trying to make amends for a career spent killing for the British Secret Service. He has a burning need to right wrongs - and rewrite his own bloody past.He finds himself in Louisiana - the Big Sleazy, the bayou, and the post-Katrina wreckage of the Gulf Coast - with a debt of honor to repay. Isadora Bartholomew, who saved his partner's life, needs his help. Joel Babineaux, a rut... read more

John Milton is trying to make amends for a career spent killing for the British Secret Service. He has a burning need to right wrongs - and rewrite his own bloody past.He finds himself in Louisiana - the Big Sleazy, the bayou, and the post-Katrina wreckage of the Gulf Coast - with a debt of honor to repay. Isadora Bartholomew, who saved his partner's life, needs his help. Joel Babineaux, a rut... read more

Headhunters - John Milton #7 (John Milton Series)

Mark Dawson

Bury your enemies, and bury them deep. John Milton thought he was done with Avi Bachman. The most dangerous man he's ever known has been incarcerated in Angola, the brutal Louisiana prison. Inmates rarely leave Angola. Once you go in, the only way out is in a box. But Bachman is no ordinary prisoner. He was an assassin for the Mossad, and he has favours to call in.Milton is in the Australian o... read more

Bury your enemies, and bury them deep. John Milton thought he was done with Avi Bachman. The most dangerous man he's ever known has been incarcerated in Angola, the brutal Louisiana prison. Inmates rarely leave Angola. Once you go in, the only way out is in a box. But Bachman is no ordinary prisoner. He was an assassin for the Mossad, and he has favours to call in.Milton is in the Australian o... read more

The Agent (An Isabella Rose Thriller Book 3)

Mark Dawson

Isabella Rose is on the run, hunted by the very people she had been hired to work for. Trained killer Isabella and former handler Michael Pope are forced into hiding in India and, when a mysterious informer passes them clues on the whereabouts of Pope’s family, the prey see an opportunity to become the predators.Chased from the poverty of Mumbai’s slums into the sights of a sniper’s rifle amon... read more

Isabella Rose is on the run, hunted by the very people she had been hired to work for. Trained killer Isabella and former handler Michael Pope are forced into hiding in India and, when a mysterious informer passes them clues on the whereabouts of Pope’s family, the prey see an opportunity to become the predators.Chased from the poverty of Mumbai’s slums into the sights of a sniper’s rifle amon... read more

Tarantula: A John Milton Novella (John Milton Series)

Mark Dawson

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. In this second dip into his case files, Milton is sent to Italy to investigate the death of a colleague from Group 15, the secret assassination squad t... read more

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. In this second dip into his case files, Milton is sent to Italy to investigate the death of a colleague from Group 15, the secret assassination squad t... read more

1,000 Yards: A John Milton Short Story

Mark Dawson

From Amazon number-one best-selling author Mark Dawson, this novella is an introduction to John Milton, the most dangerous assassin in the pay of Her Majesty's government. Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick... read more

From Amazon number-one best-selling author Mark Dawson, this novella is an introduction to John Milton, the most dangerous assassin in the pay of Her Majesty's government. Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick... read more

The Jungle - John Milton #9 (John Milton Thrillers)

Mark Dawson

An assassin haunted by his past. Two young refugees out of their depth and in need of his special talents.John Milton is no stranger to the world’s seedy underbelly. But when the former British Secret Service agent comes up against a ruthless human trafficking ring, he’ll have to fight harder than ever to conquer the evil in his path. After Milton meets a refugee who lost a sister to people sm... read more

An assassin haunted by his past. Two young refugees out of their depth and in need of his special talents.John Milton is no stranger to the world’s seedy underbelly. But when the former British Secret Service agent comes up against a ruthless human trafficking ring, he’ll have to fight harder than ever to conquer the evil in his path. After Milton meets a refugee who lost a sister to people sm... read more

Blackout - John Milton #10 (John Milton Thrillers)

Mark Dawson

An offer he couldn't refuse. A murder he can’t remember…John Milton’s life is about to change. The former government assassin follows a lead to Manila that he hopes will change his life. But he never expected to wake up in an unfamiliar hotel room beside a murder victim. And, unfortunately for him, Milton doesn’t remember a thing about the night before.Thrown into a gruesome Filipino prison, h... read more

An offer he couldn't refuse. A murder he can’t remember…John Milton’s life is about to change. The former government assassin follows a lead to Manila that he hopes will change his life. But he never expected to wake up in an unfamiliar hotel room beside a murder victim. And, unfortunately for him, Milton doesn’t remember a thing about the night before.Thrown into a gruesome Filipino prison, h... read more

The Alamo - John Milton #11 (John Milton Thrillers)

Mark Dawson

New York isn’t ready for Britain’s most dangerous ex-assassin…John Milton has finally found a place to escape the bloodshed: off-season Coney Island. No tourists. No special ops. Just peace and quiet. But when a local boy witnesses a grisly murder, Milton can’t resist investigating.Milton uncovers a vicious drug kingpin and a group of crooked cops from a notorious precinct known as “The Alamo.... read more

New York isn’t ready for Britain’s most dangerous ex-assassin…John Milton has finally found a place to escape the bloodshed: off-season Coney Island. No tourists. No special ops. Just peace and quiet. But when a local boy witnesses a grisly murder, Milton can’t resist investigating.Milton uncovers a vicious drug kingpin and a group of crooked cops from a notorious precinct known as “The Alamo.... read more

The Ninth Step - John Milton #8 (John Milton Series)

Mark Dawson

John Milton is a former assassin for the British government. He is a ronin, trying to atone for his past sins by offering his services to those people who have no-one else to whom they can turn.Milton is keeping a low profile in London when he meets Eddie Fabian. Fabian confesses that he is considering suicide, and that the reason for his depression was the abuse that he suffered as a child. M... read more

John Milton is a former assassin for the British government. He is a ronin, trying to atone for his past sins by offering his services to those people who have no-one else to whom they can turn.Milton is keeping a low profile in London when he meets Eddie Fabian. Fabian confesses that he is considering suicide, and that the reason for his depression was the abuse that he suffered as a child. M... read more

Edmund has 12 reviews

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Ken Hunter

I found Mr. Pickett extremely professional and helpful. His tutelage was honest, forthright and I appreciated the experience​ of working with him immensely.

, May 2018


Zack Urlocker

Edmund's feedback was useful to me in developing a more rigorous approach to my novel. He gave feedback on things that were working, but more importantly, on the things that were slowing down the pacing, were illogical or cliche'd. It isn't always easy to take that feedback, but it will enable me to develop a stronger story.

, May 2018


Shannon Kuzmich

Edmund has been a huge help to me as I transition into writing fiction. The only reason I didn't give a five start on quality is because the manuscript was sent back to me without track changes for the updates that were made. It took extra time to realize he hadn't used track changes and then catch everything. It may have something to do with him using open source format rather than Word. Other...

, May 2018


Caesar Cavaricci

Wonderful experience. Very very smart editor. You need to have a little thick skin but I promise you that you will walk away from the experience knowing exactly what problems are and how to fix them. I have a passion like most writers and sure my feelings can be hurt, but that is not Edmund. The critique is honest and to the point. Little time is wasted trying to shuffle through what is great w...

, April 2018


Shannon Kuzmich

Edmund was immediately responsive to my request, offered a very fair price, completed the work 10 days earlier than the agreed upon due date, and delivered more than the agreed upon copyedit and proofread. His bonus developmental comments were specific and clear, giving me exactly the guidance I need to make the manuscript rock. I highly recommend Edmund's work.

, March 2018

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