Hamzah Hussain

Hamzah Hussain – Editor

London-based editor and proofreader of best-selling crime and literary fiction, specialising in developmental edits.


I am a friendly and professional editor who can provide detailed structural and line edits to your manuscript.

I have a wide range of experience to draw from including journalism, proofreading and editing. I have years of experience working with publsihers such as Saraband, Peepal Tree Press, Little, Brown Book Group and Bookouture.

I've brought many titles into publication such as Patrica Gibney, Rahul Raina, Merryn Allingham and more!

As a seasoned reader of submissions, I know what publishers are looking for and how to write your book pitch. I have given detailed feedback to submissions from authors and agents. I have a strong grasp of the market and understand how to write for different readers.

I am particularly passionate about crime fiction and thrillers, so send me your jaw-dropping, twisty books!
Biographies & Memoirs
Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense
English (UK)

Work experience


Sep, 2020 — Jul, 2021 (10 months)

I edited several titles across various commercial genres including crime fiction, historical fiction, and women's fiction. I proofread titles meticulously to make them ready for publishing.

I also read submitted manuscripts and provided detailed feedback to authors and literary agents.

Little, Brown Book Group

Sep, 2019 — Sep, 2020 (about 1 year)

During this traineeship I did the structural and developmental edits on many literary titles including 'How to Kidnap the Rich' by Rahul Raina, 'Surrogate' by Susan Spindler, and 'Cold Sun' by Anita Sivakumaran.


Jul, 2019 — Jul, 2019 (less than a minute)

I edited and proofread various titles including 'The Boxing Diaries' by Marion Dunn and 'Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Vampire Menace' by Olga Wojtas.

Peepal Tree Press

May, 2019 — Jul, 2019 (2 months)

I proof read and edited several manuscripts, preparing them for publication. This included the poetry collection 'Road Trip' by Marvin Thompson, for which I also designed the cover.

The Courier / SeeDundee.com

May, 2017 — Sep, 2018 (over 1 year)

I researched and wrote feature articles for The Courier newspaper in Dundee. I was soon promoted to Content Creator and Editor of a new online platform called SeeDundee. I used my knowledge of Dundee and my journalism skills to write high quality articles on various subjects.


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Road Trip

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Developmental Editing Proofreading

Hamzah has 8 reviews





Patrick S.

Patrick S.

Nov, 2023

Easy to work with, quick responses and queries, open to suggestions, and detailed feedback. Excellent.
Hamzah H.
Hi Patrick, thank you for the review and your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed my services. It's been a pleasure working with you! Hamzah
Hristina B.

Hristina B.

Jul, 2023

I am very happy with Hamzah's work. He answered every single query I had and even corrected things that were not included in the quote. Hamzah finished the project faster than I expected. Highly recommend!
Hamzah H.
Thanks for the positive review, Hristina. I hope we can work together again soon.
Nick G.

Nick G.

Aug, 2022

This is my first time writing a book and my first time using Reedsy. Both were a good experience and still remain so. Reedsy and My writing are still together, a good encouraging company. Hamzah the development editor was nothing but professional offering good advice and sound judgement. Always there at the end of the phone when you needed sage advice or just simply encouragement. Overa...
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Braylee P.

Braylee P.

Jun, 2022

Hamzah did a fantastic job editing my novel. He was great with communication and my novel is now polished and ready to be published! I look forward to working with him again on future projects.
Cholena M.

Cholena M.

Mar, 2022

Working with Hamzah on my book has been a very rewarding experience. He has drawn my attention to things I can improve in my current draft, while always being extremely kind and supportive in his criticism. His comments have given me a very good outline of where to focus on as I'm going into the next edit, and I would love to work with him again.

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