Harri Aston

Harri Aston – Editor

Experienced, creative and diligent book editor, specialising in memoirs, sport, true crime and heritage.

Overview

I’m a creative book editor and meticulous proofreader who loves bringing stories to life on the page.


I have worked on several high-profile books, including Gary Speed Unspoken: The Family’s Untold Story, about the former footballer who took his own life; Groomed By A Gang, the story of a child who fell into the clutches of a paedophile sex ring, and Roman Kemp’s Are You Really OK? which tackles the stigma around mental health.


I enjoy working closely with authors and will always go the extra mile to ensure your book shines. Whether it’s advice on structure, polishing the text or giving your manuscript an eagle-eyed read-through to catch annoying errors, I provide attention to detail that is second to none.


Take a look below at some of the publications I have worked on and feel free to get in touch to discuss your project!

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Political Science & Current Affairs Sports & Outdoors True Crime
Languages
English (UK)

Work experience

Reach Sport and Mirror Books

May, 2013 — Present

Edited a number of high-profile book titles for Reach Plc’s publishing arm – from memoirs to football books and true crime stories – and managed major publication projects including a four-part series of Daily Mirror magazines to mark the centenary of the First World War and the official preview magazine for the 2021 British Irish Lions' rugby tour of South Africa.

Derby Telegraph

Nov, 2010 — Apr, 2013 (over 2 years)

Role involved briefing reporters, designing pages, checking stories for errors, re-writing articles when necessary, ensuring copy was legally sound and adhered to house style, and writing headlines. Also responsible for producing supplements such as Business Weekly and the entertainment guide.

Nottingham Post

Apr, 2009 — Nov, 2010 (over 1 year)

Sub-edited and designed pages for all titles created from the East Midlands subbing hub, including the Derby Telegraph and Leicester Mercury.

Freelance

Apr, 2008 — Apr, 2009 (12 months)

Worked regular shifts for national newspapers, including the the Daily Mail and Sunday Mirror, and the PoliticsHome website.

The Sentinel

Jun, 2003 — Apr, 2008 (almost 5 years)

Broke several exclusives, from a multi-million-pound investment into Crewe town centre to a mother who lost three of her children to drug-related deaths. Achievements recognised when I was named The Sentinel’s news reporter of the year.

Portfolio

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Proofreading
Cops and Horrors

Calveley, Matt

Proofreading
Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Groomed by a Gang

O'Connor, Christina

Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Bird

Curtis-Taylor, Tracey

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

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Karl N.

Karl N.

Jun, 2024

This is my first book edit and Harri was great. He was truly invested in the project and spent extra time making sure I was happy with all modifications and suggestions.
Darren N.

Darren N.

May, 2024

My first time writing a book, my first time hiring a copy-editor. Despite my nerves at the whole process, Harri made the whole experience easy to follow and personal. It's obvious Harri has a wealth of experience, which he readily used to improve my manuscript. His edits and suggestions made sense and made me the best version of a writer I could be. But it was his approach that made the differe...
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