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Lesley J.

Lesley J.

Cheshire, UK

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Hello: I'm Lesley, an experienced fiction editor specialising in sci-fi/fantasy, crime, thriller. Polishing your prose: keeping it yours.


Work experience:

  • Perfect the Word

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Young Adult Fiction Historical Fiction Middle Grade Children's Mystery & Crime Fantasy Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense

Katrina D.

Katrina D.

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Experienced developmental and line editor, formerly of a Big Five publisher, who loves helping authors refine their work into its best self.


Work experience:

  • Scribner, Simon and Schuster
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Chalke Authors/Endeavour Press
  • Refine Editing, LLC
  • Self Employed
  • Browne and Miller Literary Associates

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Romance Fiction Young Adult Mystery & Crime Fantasy Thriller & Suspense Dystopian Science Fiction Paranormal Romance

Tammy S.

Tammy S.

California, United States

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Editor specializing in fantasy and science fiction and their many subgenres. As dedicated to words as a hobbit to breakfast.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Horror Thriller & Suspense Fantasy Science Fiction Urban Fantasy Action & Adventure Dystopian

Deborah M.

Deborah M.

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Editor with 16+ years of experience including 8 years at independent publishing house Toby Press. Avid reader whose first love is fiction.


Work experience:

  • The Toby Press
  • "The Bookshaper"

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Young Adult Biographies & Memoirs Non-Fiction Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits History Humanities & Social Sciences Religion & Spirituality Historical Fiction Women's Fiction Mystery & Crime Fantasy Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense

Carol G.

Carol G.

Sarasota, FL

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I specialize in mystery and historical fiction; children's/YA; nonfiction book proposals. I offer extensive critiques and revision guidance.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Young Adult Fiction Health & wellbeing Non-Fiction Religion & Spirituality Historical Fiction Psychology Humanities & Social Sciences Fantasy Children's - Non-fiction Mystery & Crime

Nicola L.

Nicola L.

London, United Kingdom

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An editor with almost twenty years’ industry experience; I work with lots of self-publishing authors, big publishers and small publishers.


Work experience:

  • Constable & Robinson
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • Transworld
  • The Orion Publishing Group
  • Me, Myself and I

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading Query Letter Review

Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Humor & Comedy Historical Fiction Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Non-Fiction Romance Paranormal Romance

Julia K.

Julia K.

London, United Kingdom

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Experienced and meticulous non-fiction editor with a keen eye. Passionate about great books.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • Ebury Publishing, Random House UK
  • Anubis Literary Agency

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading Query Letter Review

Genres: Business & Management Non-Fiction Career Guides Health & wellbeing Sex & Relationships Self-help & Self-improvement Parenting & Families Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits

Rachel H.

Rachel H.

Chicago, IL

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Chicago-based writer, editor, recipe tester, and consultant specializing in food, wellness, and lifestyle-related projects.


Work experience:

  • Self-Employed
  • Penguin Group USA
  • ELLE magazine

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Non-Fiction Health & wellbeing Self-help & Self-improvement

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