Tom Feltham

Tom Feltham - Editor

London, UK

Copy-editor and proofreader. 10+ years editing commercial, academic and literary content for publishers including Hurst and Hachette.

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Overview

I am a freelance editor with a decade of in-house experience editing content for the Wellcome Trust, Amazon UK and Thomson Reuters, and more than five years' experience freelancing as a copy-editor and proofreader for publishers including Hachette, Oneworld and Hurst. I hold professional proofreading and copy-editing certifications, a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and a Master's Degree in Creative Writing.

As both a creative writing graduate and an experienced editor across multiple genres, I know how to help craft a story and provide constructive feedback and when to let a writer's voice speak for itself. As a one-time editor for the world's largest medical research charity (The Wellcome Trust), a tech behemoth (Amazon) and a media information company (Thomson Reuters), I know how to communicate often complex information to a variety of audiences while maintaining a strong, consistent voice. Finally, as a proofreader and copy-editor of academic books for Hurst, Oneworld and Reaktion, I'm adept at fact-checking and formatting reference-heavy texts and helping them reach both specialists and those encountering a subject for the first time.

So whether you've written a research thesis, a detective novel, a space odyssey, a laboriously researched biography or some tricksy combination of all of the above, I'm here to help. I look forward to hearing from you!
Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
History
Political Science & Current Affairs
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime

Certifications

  • BA in English Literature
  • MA in Creative Writing
  • Professional Certificate in Copy-Editing
  • Professional Certificate in Proofreading

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (over 7 years)

Editorial consulting, proofreading and copy-editing for a diverse range of clients, including Hachette UK, Hurst Publishers UK and individual authors. Tailoring approach to suit projects ranging from PhD theses to novels and non-fiction (academic and popular). Working flexibly to meet strict deadlines and ensuring a high standard of quality at all times.

Editor

Thomson Reuters
October, 2011 – May, 2017 (over 5 years)

Online Content Manager

Amazon UK
November, 2010 – November, 2011 (about 1 year)

Web Producer/Assistant Web Editor

The Wellcome Trust
March, 2008 – March, 2009 (about 1 year)

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Crooked Alleys

Soraya Lennie

By 2013, Iranians were suffocating, as though the streets had become narrower, the buildings taller, the dirty air thicker. In electing Hassan Rouhani, they chose a new, reformist leader, burying the days when a Holocaust-denying president had pushed Iran to the edge of economic collapse and conflict. But the nation hasn’t quite broken free. Iranians are trying to move on, yet the Islamic Repu... read more

By 2013, Iranians were suffocating, as though the streets had become narrower, the buildings taller, the dirty air thicker. In electing Hassan Rouhani, they chose a new, reformist leader, burying the days when a Holocaust-denying president had pushed Iran to the edge of economic collapse and conflict. But the nation hasn’t quite broken free. Iranians are trying to move on, yet the Islamic Repu... read more

The Final Flight

Blatch, James

Toxic

Dan Kaszeta

Nerve agents are the world's deadliest means of chemical warfare. Nazi Germany developed the first military-grade nerve agents and massive industry for their manufacture - yet, strangely, the Third Reich never used them. At the end of the Second World War, the Allies were stunned to discover this advanced and extensive programme. The Soviets and Western powers embarked on a new arms race, amas... read more

Nerve agents are the world's deadliest means of chemical warfare. Nazi Germany developed the first military-grade nerve agents and massive industry for their manufacture - yet, strangely, the Third Reich never used them. At the end of the Second World War, the Allies were stunned to discover this advanced and extensive programme. The Soviets and Western powers embarked on a new arms race, amas... read more

Little Bones

Patricia Gibney

She lifted up her granddaughter from the cot, clutched her to her chest and, without looking at her beautiful daughter lying dead on the floor of her bedroom, ran from the house. Only when she was outside did she let a wail escape her lips, frightening the baby who joined in her screams. When Isabel Gallagher is found murdered on the floor of her baby’s nursery by her mother, it’s a gruelling ... read more

She lifted up her granddaughter from the cot, clutched her to her chest and, without looking at her beautiful daughter lying dead on the floor of her bedroom, ran from the house. Only when she was outside did she let a wail escape her lips, frightening the baby who joined in her screams. When Isabel Gallagher is found murdered on the floor of her baby’s nursery by her mother, it’s a gruelling ... read more

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rebecca Mitchell

Drawing extensively on Russian-language sources, a concise yet comprehensive survey of the life and work of one of classical music’s great composers. Unquestionably one of the most popular composers of classical music, Sergei Rachmaninoff has not always been so admired by critics. Detractors have long perceived Rachmaninoff as part of an outdated Romantic tradition from a bygone Russian world,... read more

Drawing extensively on Russian-language sources, a concise yet comprehensive survey of the life and work of one of classical music’s great composers. Unquestionably one of the most popular composers of classical music, Sergei Rachmaninoff has not always been so admired by critics. Detractors have long perceived Rachmaninoff as part of an outdated Romantic tradition from a bygone Russian world,... read more

The Northumbrians: North-East England and its People -- A New History

Dan Jackson

Why is the North East the most distinctive region of England? Where do the stereotypes about North Easterners come from, and why are they so often misunderstood? In this wideranging new history of the people of North East England, Dan Jackson explores the deep roots of Northumbrian culture--hard work and heavy drinking, sociability and sentimentality, militarism and masculinity--in centuries o... read more

Why is the North East the most distinctive region of England? Where do the stereotypes about North Easterners come from, and why are they so often misunderstood? In this wideranging new history of the people of North East England, Dan Jackson explores the deep roots of Northumbrian culture--hard work and heavy drinking, sociability and sentimentality, militarism and masculinity--in centuries o... read more

Women vs. Capitalism: Why We Can't Have It All in a Free Market Economy

Vicky Pryce

The free market as we know it cannot produce gender equality. This is the bold but authoritative argument of Vicky Pryce, the government's former economics chief.Women vs Capitalism is a fresh and timely reminder that, although the #MeToo movement has been hugely important, empowerment of the mind will not achieve full power for women while there remains economic inequality. Pryce urgently cal... read more

The free market as we know it cannot produce gender equality. This is the bold but authoritative argument of Vicky Pryce, the government's former economics chief.Women vs Capitalism is a fresh and timely reminder that, although the #MeToo movement has been hugely important, empowerment of the mind will not achieve full power for women while there remains economic inequality. Pryce urgently cal... read more

Finance and Security: Global Vulnerabilities, Threats and Responses

Martin S. Navias

The global financial sector is increasingly vulnerable to penetration by criminal money-launderers, financiers of terrorism, and proliferators of weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, it offers instruments that can be usefully employed to pursue foreign and security policy objectives. It is thus hardly surprising that finance has emerged as an arena of intense competition, if not conf... read more

The global financial sector is increasingly vulnerable to penetration by criminal money-launderers, financiers of terrorism, and proliferators of weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, it offers instruments that can be usefully employed to pursue foreign and security policy objectives. It is thus hardly surprising that finance has emerged as an arena of intense competition, if not conf... read more

The Child of Auschwitz: Absolutely heartbreaking World War 2 historical fiction

Lily Graham

‘She touched the photograph in its gilt frame that was always on her desk, of a young, thin woman with very short hair and a baby in her arms. She had one last story to tell. Theirs. And it began in hell on earth.’It is 1942 and Eva Adami has boarded a train to Auschwitz. Barely able to breathe due to the press of bodies and exhausted from standing up for two days, she can think only of her lo... read more

‘She touched the photograph in its gilt frame that was always on her desk, of a young, thin woman with very short hair and a baby in her arms. She had one last story to tell. Theirs. And it began in hell on earth.’It is 1942 and Eva Adami has boarded a train to Auschwitz. Barely able to breathe due to the press of bodies and exhausted from standing up for two days, she can think only of her lo... read more

Broken Souls: An absolutely addictive mystery thriller with a brilliant twist (Detective Lottie Parker Book 7)

Patricia Gibney

‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker ... read more

‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker ... read more

Last Breath: A gripping serial killer thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Erika Foster Book 4)

Robert Bryndza

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim. When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case. While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a ... read more

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim. When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case. While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a ... read more

Each to His Own

Peter Rimmer

The war is over. But some wounds take time to heal… The 1950’s are in full swing, and for some, World War II is just a grim memory. Young Adam Beaumont, the son of a wealthy aristocratic family, is a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force. With Adam’s uncle wielding considerable influence, he is next in line for the Baronetcy. But Adam cares little for family politics, and is still haunte... read more

The war is over. But some wounds take time to heal… The 1950’s are in full swing, and for some, World War II is just a grim memory. Young Adam Beaumont, the son of a wealthy aristocratic family, is a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force. With Adam’s uncle wielding considerable influence, he is next in line for the Baronetcy. But Adam cares little for family politics, and is still haunte... read more

Morgandale

Peter Rimmer

A young man’s search for adventure, the birth of a new nation, and a war that would change southern Africa forever… The year is 1890, and the sun never sets on the British Empire. James Carregan is eager to find fortune and excitement, far away from his protective father’s influence. Setting off for Cape Town, he joins a pioneer column advancing its way into disputed territory in the kingdom o... read more

A young man’s search for adventure, the birth of a new nation, and a war that would change southern Africa forever… The year is 1890, and the sun never sets on the British Empire. James Carregan is eager to find fortune and excitement, far away from his protective father’s influence. Setting off for Cape Town, he joins a pioneer column advancing its way into disputed territory in the kingdom o... read more

Her Rebel Heart

Kate Hewitt

Caroline sighed. She longed to be away from here, from the rain and barren hills and bitter winds, with nothing ever happening. It was as if she’d spent her whole life waiting for something truly exciting…1832, Scotland: When Caroline Reid is offered the chance to travel to America to live with her estranged uncle, she has only two things on her mind: to become the belle of Boston society and ... read more

Caroline sighed. She longed to be away from here, from the rain and barren hills and bitter winds, with nothing ever happening. It was as if she’d spent her whole life waiting for something truly exciting…1832, Scotland: When Caroline Reid is offered the chance to travel to America to live with her estranged uncle, she has only two things on her mind: to become the belle of Boston society and ... read more

Water's Edge

Gregg Olsen

The young woman’s body is lying with her arms stretched out to each side. Her lips slightly parted. Her face untouched by injury and her hair spread around her head like a fan. A redhead. Just like the others.When the body of Leann Truitt is found in a secluded cove in Mystery Bay, Detective Megan Carpenter is one of the first on the scene. The victim has tell-tale marks on her wrists, ankles ... read more

The young woman’s body is lying with her arms stretched out to each side. Her lips slightly parted. Her face untouched by injury and her hair spread around her head like a fan. A redhead. Just like the others.When the body of Leann Truitt is found in a secluded cove in Mystery Bay, Detective Megan Carpenter is one of the first on the scene. The victim has tell-tale marks on her wrists, ankles ... read more

Polarized and Demobilized: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine

Dana El Kurd

After the 1994 Oslo Accords, Palestinians were hopeful that an end to the Israeli occupation was within reach, and that a state would be theirs by 1999. With this promise, international powers became increasingly involved in Palestinian politics, and many shadows of statehood arose in the territories. Today, however, no state has emerged, and the occupation has become more entrenched. Concurre... read more

After the 1994 Oslo Accords, Palestinians were hopeful that an end to the Israeli occupation was within reach, and that a state would be theirs by 1999. With this promise, international powers became increasingly involved in Palestinian politics, and many shadows of statehood arose in the territories. Today, however, no state has emerged, and the occupation has become more entrenched. Concurre... read more

Spooks on Dream Street

Jewel, Jefferson Lewis

Tom has 23 reviews

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Remy Romanchek-Smith
Tom is a thorough professional. He proofread the manuscript as requested and, in passing, made a number of very pertinent editorial observations that led to small but important changes. He has a very easy going personal style and replied to all queries in a matter of hours. I can state without hesitation that he was a delight to work with and I look forward to collaborating with him on the seq...
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Remy Romanchek-Smith, June 2022


Mary Wells
Tom did a great job at proofreading including formatting consistency. I would definitely work with him again!

Mary Wells, May 2022


Richard Geddes
Tom turned the project around very quickly and his edits transformed my manuscript. He also made some useful suggestions for my own input and thanks to his efforts I am now ready to publish.

Richard Geddes, May 2022


Ben Sawyer
It has been a pleasure to work with Tom. I would highly recommend.

Ben Sawyer, May 2022


Nick Adams
Excellent job of proof reading. Found several clangers the editor and myself had missed. Will definitely use on my next novel.

Nick Adams, May 2022

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