Gareth Watkins

Gareth Watkins – Editor

Copy-editor and proofreader with over 10 years' experience working with traditional publishers and indie authors.

Overview

*Please note I’m currently taking on proofreading projects only.*


I'm an editor and proofreader based in the UK. I have an MA in Publishing and over 9 years' experience in the industry. I worked for a major academic publisher and have undertaken freelance work for both traditional publishers and self-publishing authors.


I completed an MA in Publishing in 2007 and have worked in the industry ever since. I also undertook additional training with the Publishing Training Centre before embarking on freelance work. Since then, I've been fortunate to have worked with authors of both fiction and non-fiction across a range of areas, most notably computer gaming, science fiction, fantasy and crime fiction.


I love what I do, and I love being able to play a part in helping authors get their words out into the world.

Services
Non-Fiction
Computers & Internet
Fiction
Fantasy Mystery & Crime Psychological Thriller Science Fiction Young Adult
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Unbound

Oct, 2017 — Present

I am a regular freelance proofreader for Unbound, the crowdfunding publisher.

Self-employed

Jan, 2017 — Present

Wiley

Jan, 2014 — Oct, 2018 (over 4 years)

I work on a number of academic journals, commissioning and editing articles in collaboration with expert academic editors. I also write and edit online content.

Portfolio

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Riot Tour: Stories

Morrow, Francis

Copy Editing
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Paint It Blackmail (John Kite Book 2)

Doughty, Stuart

Proofreading
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Collision: A Near Future Thriller

Morrow, Francis

Copy Editing
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The Deceased

Francis Morrow

The tail end of the 21st century, the century of the mind.Renaissance: a sprawling city on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. A city renewed after a devastating attack by domestic terr... read more
Copy Editing
Plagues that ravaged the world’s population are over. Civilization is dying, and brutality is a survival trait.A year after fleeing her home in search of peace and safety, Lena and her friends... read more
Proofreading
The Macintosh challenged games to be more than child’s play and quick reflexes. It made human–computer interaction friendly, inviting and intuitive.Mac gaming led to much that is now taken for... read more
Proofreading
As Daniel Hardcastle careers towards thirty, he looks back on what has really made him happy in life: the friends, the romances… the video games. Told through encounters with the most remarkab... read more
Proofreading
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Dragon Kindred: And The Gyr Worshipers

Marshall Drews

The Dark Armored Knight, the Armor Burnt Knight, the Knight of Fire, the Knight of Fury and the Knight of Ash -- Venneith Cornease was a knight recognised by many names, whispered of in many s... read more
Copy Editing
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Christmas Horror Shorts

Graham M Hodge

Whether you feel joy and peace or Bah humbug towards Christmas, why not put on the fire, pour yourself a nice glass of your favourite tipple and sit right down and enjoy Christmas Horror Short... read more
Copy Editing
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Blood Magic Blues: HOP-D Case 1

P. A. Wilson

There’s magic . . . and murder . . . in the air.When Fernlight, a Sprite, and Bramble, who’s a fairy, open their private detection agency, they dream of bridging the gap between humans and mag... read more
Proofreading
Japan has produced thousands of intriguing video games. But not all of them were released outside of the country, especially not in the 1980s and 90s. While a few of these titles have since be... read more
Proofreading
Learn ‘How to Meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0′I wrote this book to help you learn how to meet these important guidelines. You’ll find out how an accessible website can still ... read more
Proofreading
Clare has fallen in love with an impossible boy. Nobody, not even her best friend Cait understands why she is spending more and more time out on the island with the strange young man. They don... read more
Proofreading
Majeena

M.P. Adams

In a world of dark creatures and monsters, Majeena is a forgotten island, lost to the shadows.A young orphaned creature called Aeroin Swift has lived on Majeena all his life. When the King of ... read more
Proofreading
Dr Felicity Orden is an engineer for TENeleven, a machine that can simulate historical events at stunning levels of detail. During a routine run of the machine the operators discover Felicity’... read more
Proofreading
The Fallow Field

Leigh Dovey

“The Fallow Field grips tight and refuses to let go, winding down an unpredictable path of classical Hammer-esque sensbilities and existential mind games. Here we have an extremely strong debu... read more
Proofreading
Monsters of Elsewhere

Matthew Waldram

There is a land – let's call it Elsewhere – that is in no small amount of trouble. Giant wolves are tearing villages apart, a monster king is bringing his army across the sea to capture the le... read more
Proofreading
The Electric

Andrew David Barker

In the summer of 1985, fifteen-year-old Sam Crowhurst discovers an old abandoned cinema that screens movies made by ghosts, for ghosts. Sam, along with his friends, Emma and David, find themse... read more
Proofreading

Gareth has 9 reviews

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Francis M.

Francis M.

Aug, 2021

It was a pleasure to work with Gareth on my latest project. He was extremely professional and met all deadlines with no fuss. His copy edit was extremely thorough and exceeded my original expectations. Whenever I had questions on his edits, Gareth was always quick to get back to me. His responses were clear and concise. He also demonstrated a deep knowledge of the genre, epic fantasy in this ca...
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Francis M.

Francis M.

Nov, 2020

It was a pleasure to work with Gareth on this copy editing project. He met all of his deadlines with no fuss. Whenever I had queries on his edits, he responded quickly and efficiently. During the project, Gareth spotted a number of logical flaws and highlighted sections that lacked clarity. Gareth's deep knowledge of the speculative fiction genre also shone through. At the end of the project, I...
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Stuart D.

Stuart D.

Sep, 2020

No problems. All fine.
Francis M.

Francis M.

Aug, 2020

It was a pleasure to work with Gareth on this project. His edit was extremely thorough and all deadlines were met in a timely manner. Gareth has a great eye for detail and picked out numerous inconsistencies that I'd missed. Throughout the project, he was always quick to respond to any clarification messages. The end result was a streamlined manuscript that I could be confident in. I look forwa...
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Francis M.

Francis M.

Dec, 2019

Gareth was a pleasure to work with. He was highly professional and met all deadlines with no fuss. His edit was extremely thorough and exceeded my original expectations. Whenever I had questions on his edits Gareth responded quickly and thoughtfully. He also demonstrated a deep knowledge of the genre, sci-fi in this case. I look forward to working with him in the future.

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