Gillian Hamnett

Gillian Hamnett – Editor

I bring over 20 years' experience and training in the book trade to my work. I edit and proofread fiction, poetry and narrative non-fiction.

Overview

I have worked with books for over twenty years. I became self employed in 2018 after almost two decades working in commercial book retail for both large chains and small indies. I now offer bespoke editorial services to writers and the literature sector.


My editorial work includes proofreading, line editing and copyediting. I am a trained proofreader and Intermediate Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. I proofread and edit poetry, commercial and literary fiction, romance, thrillers, short stories, anthologies and narrative nonfiction, including memoir.


I work with a range of titles by independent publishers, as well as with several of the 'Big Six' publishers. This includes working with Macmillan, Headline and Simon & Schuster on hugely successful and well-reviewed titles, as well as with the award-winning Canongate and independent Scottish publishers.


The combination of my editorial experience and my long-standing sales background makes me perfectly placed to guide clients through the publishing process. I offer attuned editorial guidance alongside a strong eye for commercial viability. I also offer specialist support to clients looking to feature Scottish characters or Scots language narrative and/or dialogue in their work.


Whether I work on one or more stages of a publishing project with a client, I work from the outset to build a strong client relationship and a clear, shared goal. I am a writer's (and publisher's) ally. I love the books I edit and proofread, and I love to champion them when they're out in the world!



Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Contemporary Romance Literary Fiction Poetry Psychological Thriller Women's Fiction
Languages
English (UK)
Certifications
  • Basic Proofreading (Publishing Training Centre)
  • Introduction to Publishing (Publishing Training Centre)

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 2017 — Present

I offer editorial, commercial and administrative services to support writers, book festivals and the literature sector more widely.

Since 2017, I've worked with independent publishers large and small, as well as Macmillan, Headline and Simon & Schuster. I've also worked with StAnza International Poetry Festival, Islay Book Festival, Bradford Literature Festival and The Edwin Morgan Trust.

Portfolio

Redemption

Jack Jordan

Simon and Schuster

‘Thrilling, heartfelt, and hugely evocative, Redemption manages to be both intensely exciting and deeply moving. A brilliant achievement’ Alex Michaelides ‘Tense, dark, emotional, and beautifu... read more
Proofreading
Proofreading
Simple Fire: Selected Short Stories

George Mackay Brown

Birlinn Ltd

Proofreading
Moder Dy: Polygon New Poets

Watt, Roseanne

Polygon

Proofreading
The House That Sugar Built

Brewster, Donna

GC Book Publishers Ltd

Copy Editing Proofreading
Ma Mum & William Wordsworth

Kennedy, Julie

Howkin Words Press

Copy Editing Proofreading
Iona Lee

Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited

Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Proofreading
The Bone Library

Fagan, Jenni

Polygon

Proofreading
Bitterhall

Helen McClory

Polygon

'Hauntingly delicious' – Sunday Post In a darkening season in a northern city, Daniel, Orla and Tom's lives intersect through a peculiar flatshare and a stolen nineteenth-century diary written... read more
Proofreading
The Stalker

Kate Rhodes

Simon and Schuster

She thinks she understand stalkers. Until she becomes the stalked… Elly is an expert in stalking – an academic at Cambridge University, and a talking head for TV and online, she knows the subj... read more
Proofreading
The Edge of Solitude

Katie Hale

Canongate Books

A lone ship journeys south, heading for the furthest reaches of Antarctica. It belongs to Sky, the billionaire behind a groundbreaking project to salvage the region. On board is disgraced envi... read more
Proofreading
Climbing Days (Canons)

Pilley, Dorothy

Canongate Canons

Proofreading
Return to Blood

Bennett, Michael

Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Goddesses

Nina Millns

Proofreading
The House That Made Us

Cavanagh, Alice

Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Proofreading
Opposite of Always

Reynolds, Justin A.

Proofreading
Proofreading

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