Vicki Harris

Vicki Harris – Editor

An editor and proof reader with over 30 years' experience. I work on all types of general fiction and non-fiction .


I have been a book editor and proof reader since 1989; working in-house at Secker & Warburg and Gollancz, and freelance. I've worked on books by authors from Louis de Bernières to Bill Bryson, who described me as 'a brilliant editor and an extremely nice person to boot'.
My work is all about attention to detail, of course, but also sensitivity to the material: this is enhanced by a wealth of life experience; a vast breadth of reading; and knowledge of French, Spanish and Latin, plus a smattering of Greek. Facts are checked, of course, even for fiction (if something looks wrong or unlikely, it can make your plot unconvincing, or just snag the reader's concentration), and I will send you a detailed list of queries and comments. You are more than welcome to question anything I've said or suggested, and no change will be pushed on you; if it's easier, we can also talk via phone or video chat.
Flawless spelling, punctuation and grammar guaranteed (but idiosyncrasies respected!).

Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing Nature Travel
Contemporary Fiction Humor & Comedy Literary Fiction Thriller & Suspense
English (UK)
  • Pitman Advanced Typing; Book House copy-editing 3-day course

Work experience


Jun, 1996 — Present

I have been self-employed since becoming a parent 26 years ago. I currently work mostly for Transworld and Granta, but have freelanced for many different companies including Little, Brown and Pan Macmillan.

Victor Gollancz

Feb, 1994 — Nov, 1995 (over 1 year)

Commissioning and editing non-fiction titles; also editing for the Publisher.

Secker & Warburg

Jan, 1988 — Dec, 1993 (almost 6 years)

Duties included copy-editing and admin.


Love Remains

Duncan, Glen

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
The Wood

John Lewis-Stempel

'BRITAIN'S FINEST LIVING NATURE WRITER' - THE TIMESA SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER and BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week' from 'indisputably, one of the best nature-writers of his generation' (Country L... read more
Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Louis de Bernières

25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION - WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR'A true diamond of a novel, glinting with comedy and tragedy' Daily MailIt is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian ... read more
THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER'Warmly funny, dry and mischievous . . . Genuine and brilliant.' Daily MailPaul O'Grady is one of Britain's very best loved entertainers. He is known and adored by m... read more
The Darkness Echoing

Dr Gillian O'Brien

The Irish Times Top 10 Bestseller!From war to revolution, famine to emigration, The Darkness Echoing travels around Ireland bringing its dark past to lifeIreland is a nation obsessed with deat... read more
THE EXTRAORDINARY SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER.Take control of your life, build resilience and learn to thrive in any situation with the powerful and inspiring new book from the number one bestsell... read more
The Retreat

Sarah Pearse

Will you brave The Retreat this summer? The new bestselling thriller from the author of The Sanatorium. They couldn't wait to stay here. An idyllic wellness retreat has opened on an island off... read more
‘I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to’And, as soon as Bill Bryson was old enough, he left. Des Moines couldn’t hold him, but it did lure him back. After ten years in England, he returned to... read more
Copy Editing
My Name is Yip

Paddy Crewe

"MY NAME IS YIP TOLROY & I am a mute. I have made not a sound since the day of my birth, October 2nd, 1815. I will say that my life has been something of a trial but such is God's wish & so I ... read more
'A powerful, poignant tale of dieting and despair.' The Times'A moving, brutally honest memoir about what it feels like to be fat-shamed.' Mail on Sunday_______________At sixty-four, Jenni Mur... read more

Mo Hayder

Bestselling and prize winning author Mo Hayder has expertly crafted an authentically disturbing, gripping, unsettling and engrossing thriller in Wolf. Perfect for fans of Stephen King, Stuart ... read more
The Pianist

Wladyslaw Szpilman

The bestselling memoir of a Jewish pianist who survived the war in Warsaw against all odds.'We are drawn in to share his surprise and then disbelief at the horrifying progress of events, all c... read more
Copy Editing
Lynne Truss's first novel, in which she shows herself to be one of the very best comic writers. 'It was nobody's fault, this widely held assumption that “Come Into the Garden” had long since s... read more
Bill Bryson’s first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on ... read more
Copy Editing
Copy Editing

Vicki has 4 reviews





Leonid K.

Leonid K.

Aug, 2023

It was a short project. As usual, Vicki has done an excellent job. I'm very happy with the outcome. Many thanks! Leonid
Leonid K.

Leonid K.

Jul, 2023

This marks my second collaboration with Vicki, and I must emphasize that she is an exceptional editor. Through her expertise, my text has undergone significant improvement, with unnecessary elements gracefully removed, resulting in a truly remarkable outcome. Admittedly, there were moments when I initially disagreed with some of her deletions, but upon closer examination... Well, the resultant ...
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Vicki H.
Thanks so much for your kind words, Leonid.
Claire E.

Claire E.

May, 2023

Vicki Harris is the best editor I could have hoped for. She has heaps of experience and it shows. She is thorough and conscientious, and best of all, she helped me form a much better book without changing my voice at all. I’m a better writer for having had the pleasure of working with her. Highly recommended.
Vicki H.
Thanks, Claire! It's been fun.
Leonid K.

Leonid K.

Jan, 2023

Vicki Harris is a great editor. My previous collaborator became unavailable, so I was looking for someone to line edit a text. I was fortunate to find Vicki! Vicki is attentive to details, responsive and very knowledgeable. Her editing is precise and scientific: in fact I've got a feeling that Ockham's razor is an integral part of her mind. She went the extra mile in her help and advice. I am...
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Vicki H.
Thank you, Leonid. I appreciated your openness to change, and your promptness in responding to each set of edits.

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