Hamzah Hussain

Hamzah Hussain - Editor

London, UK

Experienced editor and proof reader of literary and commercial fiction. Published writer with experience in journalism and copywriting.

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Overview

I am a friendly and professional editor who can provide detailed structural and line edits to your manuscript. I am passionate about working with people and words! I want to collaborate with you to make your book the best it can be.

I have a wide range of experience to draw from including journalism, proofreading and editing. I have worked in professional publishing for several years in publishing houses such as Saraband, Peepal Tree Press, Little, Brown Book Group and Bookouture.

I have assisted in bringing many titles into publication by authors such as Patrica Gibney, Rahul Raina, Merryn Allingham and more!

As a seasoned reader of submissions, I am knowledgeable about what publishers are looking for and how to write your book pitch. I am accustomed to providing 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 your jaw-dropping, twisty books to me!
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Psychological Thriller

Work experience

Publishing Executive

Bookouture
September, 2020 – July, 2021 (10 months)

I assisted on several titles and authors, across a range of commercial genres including crime fiction, historical fiction and women's fiction. I was responsible for producing e-Book files for publication, making sure they were of the highest standard for our readers.

I also have experience in reading submitted manuscripts and providing detailed feedback to authors and agents.

Publishing Trainee

Little, Brown Book Group
September, 2019 – September, 2020 (about 1 year)

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

Intern/Freelance proofreader

Saraband
July, 2019 – July, 2019 (less than a minute)

I assisted in editing and proofreading various titles including 'The Boxing Diaries' by Marion Dunn and 'Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Vampire Menace' by Olga Wojtas.

Intern

Peepal Tree Press
May, 2019 – July, 2019 (2 months)

I was responsible for editing and proofing several manuscripts including the poetry collection 'Road Trip' by Marvin Thompson.

Journalist

The Courier / SeeDundee.com
May, 2017 – September, 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.

Road Trip

Thompson, Marvin

Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Vampire Menace

Olga Wojtas

LONGLISTED FOR THE COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT PRIZEFifty-something librarian Shona is a proud former pupil of the Marcia Blaine School for Girls, but has a deep loathing for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which she thinks gives her alma mater a bad name.Impeccably educated and an accomplished martial artist, linguist and musician, Shona is personally selected by Marcia Blaine herself to travel back... read more

LONGLISTED FOR THE COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT PRIZEFifty-something librarian Shona is a proud former pupil of the Marcia Blaine School for Girls, but has a deep loathing for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which she thinks gives her alma mater a bad name.Impeccably educated and an accomplished martial artist, linguist and musician, Shona is personally selected by Marcia Blaine herself to travel back... read more

Hamzah has 6 reviews

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Nick Greenwood
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 Hussain 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. O...
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Nick Greenwood, August 2022


Braylee Parkinson
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.

Braylee Parkinson, June 2022


Cholena Maurer
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.

Cholena Maurer, March 2022


sarah soliman
Accommodating and passionate about his work. The work was completed timely with clear and prompt communication. He corrected a lot of mistakes. Quality proof-reader who stands by his work.

sarah soliman, February 2022


Django Ellenhorn
Phenomenal work—professional, timely, helpful,etc. Everything you could want from an editor.

Django Ellenhorn, January 2022

Hamzah Hussain
Thank you for your review Django. I'm glad you were pleased with my services.

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