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 and Hurst. I hold professional proofreading and copy-editing certifications, a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and a Masters Degree in Creative Writing.

As both a Creative Writing graduate and an experienced proofreader across multiple genres for Hachette, I know how to help craft a story, 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, 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
Humanities & Social Sciences
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense

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 5 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 (15 selected works)

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

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

Blood Bound: An absolutely gripping dark angel romance (Blackthorn Book 7)

Lindsay J. Pryor

Love can be heaven. Or it can hurt like hell.For exiled angel Jessie, falling for Eden Reece has been her salvation. When she discovers that her angel tears, used to heal Eden, are actually poisoning him the burden of guilt is crushing.Jessie is determined to make things right and, with Eden by her side, they are a formidable team. But with Blackthorn surrounded by an impenetrable barrier and ... read more

Love can be heaven. Or it can hurt like hell.For exiled angel Jessie, falling for Eden Reece has been her salvation. When she discovers that her angel tears, used to heal Eden, are actually poisoning him the burden of guilt is crushing.Jessie is determined to make things right and, with Eden by her side, they are a formidable team. But with Blackthorn surrounded by an impenetrable barrier and ... 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

The Mother I Could Have Been: A gripping and heartbreaking page turner

Kerry Fisher

Why would you walk away from the one person you can’t live without?As a child, Vicky Hall never had the sort of family she wanted. The least important person in her new step-family, ignored by her mother in favour of her two younger half-siblings, Vicky was always an afterthought. Sitting alone at her graduation ceremony at the age of twenty-one, she vows to create her own family and her own l... read more

Why would you walk away from the one person you can’t live without?As a child, Vicky Hall never had the sort of family she wanted. The least important person in her new step-family, ignored by her mother in favour of her two younger half-siblings, Vicky was always an afterthought. Sitting alone at her graduation ceremony at the age of twenty-one, she vows to create her own family and her own l... 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

Christmas at Silver Falls: A heartwarming, feel good Christmas romance

Jenny Hale

A beautiful festive romance, all about the joy of Christmas with family, second chances, and finding love under the falling snow. This enchanting and uplifting read will have you both laughing and crying while it warms your heart.White Oaks Inn has always been at the heart of Christmas celebrations for Scarlett Bailey and her family. Her adored gran has owned the rambling, old-fashioned hotel,... read more

A beautiful festive romance, all about the joy of Christmas with family, second chances, and finding love under the falling snow. This enchanting and uplifting read will have you both laughing and crying while it warms your heart.White Oaks Inn has always been at the heart of Christmas celebrations for Scarlett Bailey and her family. Her adored gran has owned the rambling, old-fashioned hotel,... 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

A Hope For Emily: An absolutely heartbreaking and gripping emotional page turner

Kate Hewitt

Looking back, I wish I could find my way back to that moment. I’d snatch it and hold onto it and live in it for the rest of my life, if I could. When Emily could still throw her arms around me. Oh God, just give me that moment, or one like it again. That’s all I want. From the moment Emily was born, reaching out with her tiny little star-shaped hand towards her mother, blinking with long eyela... read more

Looking back, I wish I could find my way back to that moment. I’d snatch it and hold onto it and live in it for the rest of my life, if I could. When Emily could still throw her arms around me. Oh God, just give me that moment, or one like it again. That’s all I want. From the moment Emily was born, reaching out with her tiny little star-shaped hand towards her mother, blinking with long eyela... 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

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Heather Stretch
It's been super to work with Tom. Working with Reedsy you just know you are going to get professionalism and quality from the people you hire, and that's just what I got with Tom. I honestly don't think I would look anywhere else to find help with my publishing business. Tom, thank you so much and I look forward to our continued working relationship.

Heather Stretch, June 2020

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