Gabrielle Chant

Gabrielle Chant - Editor

London, UK

Experienced copyeditor and proofreader of literary and commerical fiction. My portfolio includes a winner of the Costa First Novel Award.

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Overview

I am an experienced copyeditor and proofreader with a gimlet eye for detail and a passion for a well-told story.


I work sensitively with each author’s individual style, preserving their unique voice, while ensuring that their story is told in the most effective way possible. I am respectful when delivering my edits, including clear explanations of each amendment, query or suggestion I make.


I check facts, timelines, plot coherence, style and character consistency; I verify spellings, including brand names and instances of foreign language; I line edit for sentence structure, punctuation, tense, repetitions and clarity.


I began my editing career working in-house at prizewinning indie publisher Tindal Street Press, where I copyedited the Costa First Novel Award winner, 'Beauty' by Raphael Selbourne. Since then, I have worked as a freelance copyeditor on bestselling titles such as 'The Girl in the Ice' by Robert Bryndza and 'After the Lie' by Kerry Fisher, which have each sold over a million copies.


I am experienced in literary and commercial fiction, including historical fiction, psychological thrillers, crime, young adult and contemporary women’s fiction – do take a look at my portfolio below. I am also more than happy to work with children’s fiction.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Children's
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Psychological Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • BA English Literature and Creative Writing, First Class
  • MA Creative Writing (UEA)

Work experience

Freelance copyeditor and proofreader

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

'Gabrielle is an exceptionally thorough editor, whose suggestions are incisive, well-researched and immensely helpful. She is upbeat and constructive in her feedback and I can honestly say I’ve learned a lot from her edits. I’d recommend her to any author or publisher.'
-- Maisie Lawrence, commissioning editor, Bookouture

'Gabrielle is a delight to work with. Friendly, efficient and personable, but also a brilliant copyeditor who I can absolutely trust to approach a manuscript with both precision and sensitivity. I know that her work will always be detailed and insightful, and can happily recommend her as a very safe pair of hands.'
-- Hannah Bond, publishing executive, Bookouture

'Thank you to Gabrielle for editing the manuscript with such care and a keen eye for detail.'
-- Robert Bryndza, bestselling author of 'The Night Stalker'

Editorial Assistant

Tindal Street Press
October, 2008 – January, 2010 (over 1 year)

The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho

Paterson Joseph

'Absolutely loving this . . . A great storyteller and a fabulous actor. Well done, sir!' DAVID HAREWOOD, actor and author of Maybe I Don't Belong Here'Phenomenal! Highly recommended' MALORIE BLACKMAN, author of Noughts and Crosses 'Sings with the words of a man who survives his struggles, and expresses himself through music, language and love' GRETCHEN GERZINA, author, historian and academicMe... read more

'Absolutely loving this . . . A great storyteller and a fabulous actor. Well done, sir!' DAVID HAREWOOD, actor and author of Maybe I Don't Belong Here'Phenomenal! Highly recommended' MALORIE BLACKMAN, author of Noughts and Crosses 'Sings with the words of a man who survives his struggles, and expresses himself through music, language and love' GRETCHEN GERZINA, author, historian and academicMe... read more

None of the Above

Travis Alabanza

‘When you are someone that falls outside of categories in so many ways, a lot of things are said to you. And I have had a lot of things said to me.’ In None of the Above, Travis Alabanza examines seven phrases people have directed at them about their gender identity. These phrases have stayed with them over the years. Some are deceptively innocuous, some deliberately loaded or offensive, some ... read more

‘When you are someone that falls outside of categories in so many ways, a lot of things are said to you. And I have had a lot of things said to me.’ In None of the Above, Travis Alabanza examines seven phrases people have directed at them about their gender identity. These phrases have stayed with them over the years. Some are deceptively innocuous, some deliberately loaded or offensive, some ... read more

Sorry Not Sorry

Ranald, Sophie

Beauty

Selbourne, Raphael

Gabrielle has 2 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Katherine Graham
Feel very fortunate to have had the chance to work with Gabbie on my second book. Once again, her insight and ideas have taken my work to another level. Great communication throughout. Thank you so much!

Katherine Graham, April 2022


Katherine Graham
Gabrielle is THOROUGH. She picked up on things that my first editor and my beta readers all missed, and gave me tons of helpful feedback throughout my manuscript. She's an experienced professional, and I feel privileged to have had her help with my story. What's more, she's a lovely person, very easy to work with, and gently cushioned my fragile writer's ego. I will definitely use her again fo...
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Katherine Graham, December 2020

Gabrielle Chant
Thanks so much, Katherine. You were a delight to work with, and I'm so glad that you found my feedback valuable. Wishing you all the best with the book!

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