Fred Johnson

Fred Johnson - Editor

Edinburgh, UK

An experienced editor, proofreader, games writer, and ghostwriter specializing in literary fiction.

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Overview

Whether you’re hunting down literary agents, small presses, or simply want to self-publish, finding a good editor is a vital step in any writer’s path to publication. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done; with the explosion in self-publishing and eBook publishing in the last decade, many less-than-savory individuals have leapt on the bandwagon, looking to cash in on first-time writers.

Thankfully, these charlatans can be easily avoided. There’s one tried and true method in particular that I’d heartily recommend: hiring me, Fred. Hi. Nice to meet you.

My history: I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a first-class BA with Hons. in English literature. I then obtained my MPhil from Trinity College Dublin. After graduating, I cut my editorial teeth working for BubbleCow. Riding that wave, I began editing for Kirkus Reviews, Standout Books, the Book Butchers, the Proofreading Company, eBook Launch, and the publishing houses Oxford University Press and Birlinn. I’ve certainly edited my fair share of pages: over 100 books’ worth in fact.

I’m communicative, professional, experienced, and very busy–so if you want to submit a sample, do so quickly!
Of course, it’s easy for me to boast about being good at my job. Let’s see what my most recent client has to say after just a thousand-word sample:

“Your sample edit of ________ is by far the best I’ve seen. Not only do you offer excellent line editing, but you dig deeper and actually help restructure the sentence and give thoughtful comments. Frankly, it seems you put passion in your work, it really shines through, and that is exactly what I need. I’m not writing just for fun, I want to get this published, and your professional editing may just help me get there. I’m sold.”

Any doubts? Questions? Get in touch today.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Fantasy
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Science Fiction
Young Adult
Thriller & Suspense
Horror

Work experience

Copyeditor and Proofreader

eBook Launch
January, 2019 – Present (11 months)

Scriptwriter and Editor

MetaArcade
July, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

I write game scripts for video game studio MetaArcade. I also edit the scripts of my fellow writers to ensure they reach the same high standard as my own.

Editor and Proofreader

The Proofreading Company
July, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

Editor

The Book Butchers
July, 2017 – Present (over 2 years)

Editor and Blurb Writer

Standout Books
January, 2017 – Present (almost 3 years)

I'm an editor and the chief blurb writer at Standout Books. This is my main gig, and it's serious business--standards are high and edits are thorough.

Editor and Promotional Writer

Kirkus Reviews
January, 2016 – December, 2017 (almost 2 years)

Editor

BubbleCow
December, 2015 – December, 2017 (about 2 years)

I cut my teeth editing and writing for BubbleCow, an editing company based in the UK. As well as comprehensive edits, I worked on newsletters, the company's blog, and course content.

Editor

Self-employed
September, 2015 – Present (about 4 years)

As an independent freelancer, I've taken on short-term jobs for writers across the world as well as publishing houses and arts organisations including Oxford University Press, the Scottish Society of Antiquaries, Birlinn Polygon, and the Tate Collective.

Portfolio (25 selected works)

Devil in the Basement: White Supremacy, Satanic Ritual and My Family

Charlotte Laws

“The most bizarre set of tragic events ever to occur…” – Fairmont Times“Gritty… Fascinating.” – Robert Markowitz, New York Times essayist“Alone and bitter, [the killer] fabricated a horrible revenge—on the world and on himself.” – The West Virginian “Charlotte Laws is a tsunami.” – Snatch MagazineReporters have called the crimes embedded within this story as “the most shocking in the history o... read more

“The most bizarre set of tragic events ever to occur…” – Fairmont Times“Gritty… Fascinating.” – Robert Markowitz, New York Times essayist“Alone and bitter, [the killer] fabricated a horrible revenge—on the world and on himself.” – The West Virginian “Charlotte Laws is a tsunami.” – Snatch MagazineReporters have called the crimes embedded within this story as “the most shocking in the history o... read more

Elevator Quest

Emmanuel M Arriaga

2018 Reader's Favorite Bronze Award Winner for Best Young Adult Action Novel.When the elevator cable snaps, they all think they are going to die. Instead, Tasha and her office colleagues find themselves trapped in a fantasy world, the crash only the beginning of their problems as they fight for survival. But the mystery of what happened gnaws at them as they venture deeper into an adventure fi... read more

2018 Reader's Favorite Bronze Award Winner for Best Young Adult Action Novel.When the elevator cable snaps, they all think they are going to die. Instead, Tasha and her office colleagues find themselves trapped in a fantasy world, the crash only the beginning of their problems as they fight for survival. But the mystery of what happened gnaws at them as they venture deeper into an adventure fi... read more

What the Thunder Said

Walter Blaire

A young woman is sent into a brutal war to solve a mystery that might bring down the empire.In a superstitious and history-ridden corner of the empire, a valuable battalion of Polluted soldiers inexplicably falls dead from an attack that leaves no visible wounds.Desperate, the military seeks out the leading expert on the Pollution.What they find is Caulie Alexandrian--a brilliant, painfully sh... read more

A young woman is sent into a brutal war to solve a mystery that might bring down the empire.In a superstitious and history-ridden corner of the empire, a valuable battalion of Polluted soldiers inexplicably falls dead from an attack that leaves no visible wounds.Desperate, the military seeks out the leading expert on the Pollution.What they find is Caulie Alexandrian--a brilliant, painfully sh... read more

Preacher Man

Clint Morey

Fleeing cops and drug dealers, Luis Hernandez manages to "disappear" in a small town where the people mistakenly believe he's the new pastor of their church. Luis is willing to let them think that if it will keep him alive one more day. Whatever the small town residents have been expecting in a pastor, Luis isn't it. Having never attended church in his life, Luis doesn't quite have the pastor ... read more

Fleeing cops and drug dealers, Luis Hernandez manages to "disappear" in a small town where the people mistakenly believe he's the new pastor of their church. Luis is willing to let them think that if it will keep him alive one more day. Whatever the small town residents have been expecting in a pastor, Luis isn't it. Having never attended church in his life, Luis doesn't quite have the pastor ... read more

The Way of the Dhin

John L. Clemmer

Extraterrestrial beings, the Dhin, have visited Earth. Communication with the enigmatic aliens proves problematic. The Dhin suddenly depart, without explanation, leaving a few samples of their technology. Wide knowledge of these events would cause chaos. The powerful Coalition Security agency strives to maintain secrecy. As Coalition researchers explore the alien technology, their discoveries ... read more

Extraterrestrial beings, the Dhin, have visited Earth. Communication with the enigmatic aliens proves problematic. The Dhin suddenly depart, without explanation, leaving a few samples of their technology. Wide knowledge of these events would cause chaos. The powerful Coalition Security agency strives to maintain secrecy. As Coalition researchers explore the alien technology, their discoveries ... read more

Remember Me? (Faukon Abbey Mysteries Book 1)

A.K. Lakelett

A New Addition to Great British Detective Story Tradition. What happens when your past catches up with you? If what you did back then, shows up now? A seemingly ordinary man, with no enemies is found dead in Tersel Woods, with no identification, not even a mobile phone. Clearly someone wanted him dead, but why? Faukon Abbey CID officers, DI Greene and DC Ford and their friend Carter, a journal... read more

A New Addition to Great British Detective Story Tradition. What happens when your past catches up with you? If what you did back then, shows up now? A seemingly ordinary man, with no enemies is found dead in Tersel Woods, with no identification, not even a mobile phone. Clearly someone wanted him dead, but why? Faukon Abbey CID officers, DI Greene and DC Ford and their friend Carter, a journal... read more

Initiation

Phil M. Williams

He was ready for the game. The initiation and the aftermath … that was a different story.Carter Lynch was an outsider, an army brat transfer. He had what it took to be a star. He was focused, talented … violent. Carter didn’t join the football team to make friends or win championships. He didn’t care about anything but taking a starting spot, earning a scholarship, and leaving. Until he met Sa... read more

He was ready for the game. The initiation and the aftermath … that was a different story.Carter Lynch was an outsider, an army brat transfer. He had what it took to be a star. He was focused, talented … violent. Carter didn’t join the football team to make friends or win championships. He didn’t care about anything but taking a starting spot, earning a scholarship, and leaving. Until he met Sa... read more

Through Lovers' Eyes

Billinda Connolly-Tevendale

Lucy and Ben are from two different worlds. Lucy, a school teacher happily engaged to her darling fiancé Jack, will never walk the same streets as Ben, the rock star and celebrity heartthrob. But while Ben is quietly falling into alcoholism and debauchery, Lucy is excited: the life she’s always wanted is finally within reach.That is, until Jack dies. Lucy is distraught; he was her rock, her be... read more

Lucy and Ben are from two different worlds. Lucy, a school teacher happily engaged to her darling fiancé Jack, will never walk the same streets as Ben, the rock star and celebrity heartthrob. But while Ben is quietly falling into alcoholism and debauchery, Lucy is excited: the life she’s always wanted is finally within reach.That is, until Jack dies. Lucy is distraught; he was her rock, her be... read more

A Culture of Excellence

Fardad Fateri, James E. York

As the CEO and CLO of a large distributed multi-site and multi-state organization, Dr. Fardad Fateri and James E. York are certainly qualified to answer these questions and more—between them, they have decades of experience leading businesses and organizations at every level. Now for the first time they’ve put their collected wisdom into an essential book explaining how to take your organizati... read more

As the CEO and CLO of a large distributed multi-site and multi-state organization, Dr. Fardad Fateri and James E. York are certainly qualified to answer these questions and more—between them, they have decades of experience leading businesses and organizations at every level. Now for the first time they’ve put their collected wisdom into an essential book explaining how to take your organizati... read more

The Good, the Bad, the Truth: Memoirs of a Widow

S. Marie Silva

This is the story of two people who were smitten with love, which soon blossoms with the birth of their first child and a union in marriage. It all comes to an end when the husband, Alex, dies suddenly in a car accident. Life comes with everything from happiness to sadness. The story entails the journey to becoming a single parent and a widow in the blink of an eye.

This is the story of two people who were smitten with love, which soon blossoms with the birth of their first child and a union in marriage. It all comes to an end when the husband, Alex, dies suddenly in a car accident. Life comes with everything from happiness to sadness. The story entails the journey to becoming a single parent and a widow in the blink of an eye.

Animals That Heal: The Role of Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals in Mental Health Treatment

Stephanie L. Taylor

The All-In-One Guide to Psychiatric Service and Emotional Support AnimalsIn this comprehensive book, author and service dog handler Stephanie Taylor, M. S., helps you begin your own service dog journey with the resource she wishes she’d had when she started down this road.Psychiatric support dogs and emotional support animals have a positive impact on the lives of the people they serve yet muc... read more

The All-In-One Guide to Psychiatric Service and Emotional Support AnimalsIn this comprehensive book, author and service dog handler Stephanie Taylor, M. S., helps you begin your own service dog journey with the resource she wishes she’d had when she started down this road.Psychiatric support dogs and emotional support animals have a positive impact on the lives of the people they serve yet muc... read more

Black Lick Creek and the City of Broken People

John McHenry

For some children life is tough. Some survive, some do not. Carla, Dean and Lyle face adversities of abuse and neglect from the people we would expect to love and nurture them the most. All three ten years old and born on the same day, meet at their special place at Black Lick Creek and form an uncommon bond that steels them from the cruelty of the adult world in which the law and convention s... read more

For some children life is tough. Some survive, some do not. Carla, Dean and Lyle face adversities of abuse and neglect from the people we would expect to love and nurture them the most. All three ten years old and born on the same day, meet at their special place at Black Lick Creek and form an uncommon bond that steels them from the cruelty of the adult world in which the law and convention s... read more

Eternal Victim: A Graphic & Disturbing Horror Novella

Dexter Morgenstern

From the author of "The Slender Man" comes a fast-paced, terrifying tale, filled with gruesome murderers, ghostly abominations, and a dark puzzle that connects them all to the Witness.Follow the Witness as she travels through a perpetual series of nightmares, haunted by a mixture of pernicious serial killers and their imprisoned, undead victims, known as preta. As she wanders through time and ... read more

From the author of "The Slender Man" comes a fast-paced, terrifying tale, filled with gruesome murderers, ghostly abominations, and a dark puzzle that connects them all to the Witness.Follow the Witness as she travels through a perpetual series of nightmares, haunted by a mixture of pernicious serial killers and their imprisoned, undead victims, known as preta. As she wanders through time and ... read more

One Night (Thompson Lake Book 1)

Deanna Cabinian

ONE NIGHT is a delightful coming of age YA novel about heartbreak, friendship, and first love set against a gorgeous Hawaiian backdrop. Great for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell, and Maurene Goo's I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE.Since Thompson got dumped on Valentine's Day he's been miserable. He wants Caroline back and shows up at the Tiki House on Elvis Presley night, hoping he'll run in... read more

ONE NIGHT is a delightful coming of age YA novel about heartbreak, friendship, and first love set against a gorgeous Hawaiian backdrop. Great for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell, and Maurene Goo's I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE.Since Thompson got dumped on Valentine's Day he's been miserable. He wants Caroline back and shows up at the Tiki House on Elvis Presley night, hoping he'll run in... read more

Haven of Evil

Melvin Rivers

When floodwaters destroyed Kevin and Sandra Wilson’s home and personal possessions, the couple moved into a house in a town called Havenville. Kevin would learn about the house’s evil past after a series of eerie events.

When floodwaters destroyed Kevin and Sandra Wilson’s home and personal possessions, the couple moved into a house in a town called Havenville. Kevin would learn about the house’s evil past after a series of eerie events.

Ominous River (Ominous series Book 2)

P.L Andre

Mallory Jordan finally crosses the river that no one has ever dared crossing. The other side of the river is full of evil creatures and some others that are precious. Mallory Jordan will discover not only answers about her village, but she will find a strength inside her she never knew she had.

Mallory Jordan finally crosses the river that no one has ever dared crossing. The other side of the river is full of evil creatures and some others that are precious. Mallory Jordan will discover not only answers about her village, but she will find a strength inside her she never knew she had.

The Reaping: A Grim Sword & Sorcery Tale (The Pious Insurrection Book 1)

Dexter Morgenstern

"Unlike fantasy epics that bring all new races such as orcs, elves, and dwarves in the style of Tolkien, or Paolini's Inheritance Cycle, The Reaping is dark fantasy that brings as much diversity from its all-human cast. From the Ashborn-the technologically-savvy steampunk mountain rangers of Borensati-to the Templars, disciplined, systematic warrior women who harvest the powers of the Sun and ... read more

"Unlike fantasy epics that bring all new races such as orcs, elves, and dwarves in the style of Tolkien, or Paolini's Inheritance Cycle, The Reaping is dark fantasy that brings as much diversity from its all-human cast. From the Ashborn-the technologically-savvy steampunk mountain rangers of Borensati-to the Templars, disciplined, systematic warrior women who harvest the powers of the Sun and ... read more

Carousel

Chris Turnbull

Jonathan was supposed to be getting married today, but instead he is in Paris; and what’s worse he is now over 120 years in the past.Transported back by an old amusement carousel, Jonathan finds his life turned upside down as he finds himself stuck in 1889.Desperate to return home, he goes in search of the carousel. Although his wish to return is high, he soon learns that his reasons to stay c... read more

Jonathan was supposed to be getting married today, but instead he is in Paris; and what’s worse he is now over 120 years in the past.Transported back by an old amusement carousel, Jonathan finds his life turned upside down as he finds himself stuck in 1889.Desperate to return home, he goes in search of the carousel. Although his wish to return is high, he soon learns that his reasons to stay c... read more

Aes Sidhe

Fergal F Nally

My name is Sive. I am a throwback. I was born in the northlands. My people expect me to sit in silence but I do not belong to them. I belong to others, I’m descended from the Aes Sidhe. The forgotten race will come knocking and I will answer, for they are kindred. Shhh… listen. The Aes Sidhe are near… the ghost blade is calling for blood, revenge is close. I am here, I am alive, I am spirit. I... read more

My name is Sive. I am a throwback. I was born in the northlands. My people expect me to sit in silence but I do not belong to them. I belong to others, I’m descended from the Aes Sidhe. The forgotten race will come knocking and I will answer, for they are kindred. Shhh… listen. The Aes Sidhe are near… the ghost blade is calling for blood, revenge is close. I am here, I am alive, I am spirit. I... read more

The Bird Queen's Book

T. L. Frances

What would you do if you found a mysterious book written in a secret language?Thirteen-year-old Denny’s life is far from easy. He’s at the bottom of the food chain at school, he works a mind-numbingly boring student job at his uncle’s shredding store, and, on top it all, he has to try out for the school basketball team—and let’s just say basketball’s not his strong point.But one day, he finds ... read more

What would you do if you found a mysterious book written in a secret language?Thirteen-year-old Denny’s life is far from easy. He’s at the bottom of the food chain at school, he works a mind-numbingly boring student job at his uncle’s shredding store, and, on top it all, he has to try out for the school basketball team—and let’s just say basketball’s not his strong point.But one day, he finds ... read more

The Founder's Strain (The Age of Man Book 2)

David Brush

The Plague, a mysterious and lethal illness, has spread across the galaxy. As once mighty civilizations wither in the face of the affliction, mankind stands alone in its immunity, scrambling to find a cure for the disease before being overrun by the millions of refugees fleeing their ravaged worlds in its wake. The galaxy's last true hope for salvation lies on Dawn, a planet where all lifeform... read more

The Plague, a mysterious and lethal illness, has spread across the galaxy. As once mighty civilizations wither in the face of the affliction, mankind stands alone in its immunity, scrambling to find a cure for the disease before being overrun by the millions of refugees fleeing their ravaged worlds in its wake. The galaxy's last true hope for salvation lies on Dawn, a planet where all lifeform... read more

The Innocent Dead: A Witch Cozy Mystery (The Maid, Mother, and Crone Paranormal Mystery Book 1)

Jill Nojack

Natalie Taylor, High Priestess of the coven in quirky Giles, Massachusetts, just wants to stop seeing dead people. With all the elements needed for the spell now in place, she can finally complete the ritual to push the ghosts away. But when a body is found in Corey Woods, giving her the opportunity to prove that her long-lost love wasn't guilty of the identical murders years ago, some of the ... read more

Natalie Taylor, High Priestess of the coven in quirky Giles, Massachusetts, just wants to stop seeing dead people. With all the elements needed for the spell now in place, she can finally complete the ritual to push the ghosts away. But when a body is found in Corey Woods, giving her the opportunity to prove that her long-lost love wasn't guilty of the identical murders years ago, some of the ... read more

Fiona Frost: Blood Dolls

Dr. Bon Blossman

In the fifth adrenaline-charged volume of the Fiona Frost series, Fiona’s plans of an internship at the FBI Academy abruptly change, and she is thrown into an exhilarating investigation of The Blood Doll Killer. Fiona finds herself facing challenging obstacles such as an internal struggle with her beliefs in the supernatural, strife with her archenemy, underground vigilantes terrorizing societ... read more

In the fifth adrenaline-charged volume of the Fiona Frost series, Fiona’s plans of an internship at the FBI Academy abruptly change, and she is thrown into an exhilarating investigation of The Blood Doll Killer. Fiona finds herself facing challenging obstacles such as an internal struggle with her beliefs in the supernatural, strife with her archenemy, underground vigilantes terrorizing societ... read more

Rumble Bear

Dean Harman

Only the biggest, strongest male grizzly bears will wade into the red salmon river today. The icy water splashes over the chest of one of the oldest warrior grizzlies in the valley. His piercing eyes stare into the white foam dancing along the river's current. He carefully places one massive paw above the waterline, stoically waiting for his next slippery salmon to appear. The other grizzlies ... read more

Only the biggest, strongest male grizzly bears will wade into the red salmon river today. The icy water splashes over the chest of one of the oldest warrior grizzlies in the valley. His piercing eyes stare into the white foam dancing along the river's current. He carefully places one massive paw above the waterline, stoically waiting for his next slippery salmon to appear. The other grizzlies ... read more

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