Gareth Collinson

Gareth Collinson – Editor

Experienced, enthusiastic and diligent editor, with over 20 years' experience, who delights in making any writing as good as it can be.


I'm an experienced freelance editor, who has had previous in-house experience at Scholastic Children's Books and Channel Four Learning, but who has been self-employed for over 20 years.

The main editorial services I provide are:

– copy-editing, to improve readability, fitness of purpose, grammar and punctuation, and to pick up on any glaring plot issues

– proofreading, a last-stage check on designed text for typos, repetition and any final problems

I love the challenge of making writing as good as it can be; I derive special enjoyment from historical fiction (where I get to utilise my History degree) and YA/crossover fiction.
Children’s Non-Fiction Philosophy
Historical Fiction Middle Grade Young Adult
English (UK)

Work experience


Jan, 1996 — Present

I provide copy-editing and proofreading services to publishing houses as well as directly to self-publishing authors.


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Gareth has 16 reviews





Britian B.

Britian B.

Apr, 2024

Gareth kept quick and helpful communication throughout the copy-editing process. His edit was thorough and his eye for complete historical accuracy was essential to my story and has helped improve the story significantly.
Jim N.

Jim N.

Mar, 2024

Spot on! Gareth made my book flow better and sorted any mistakes.
Conor M.

Conor M.

Dec, 2023

For a first time user, Gareth's high quality services came at a fair price. His insights have both managed to improve my work, but also gave me confidence that I'm on the right track to succeed with my project. He answered several of my questions along the way and is a clear, concise communicator. Many thanks for your help.
Gavin T.

Gavin T.

Nov, 2023

Good communication and great value.
Daniel A.

Daniel A.

Apr, 2023

Professional, reliable, does great work!

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