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Amanda

Amanda

Stourbridge, United Kingdom

Former acquisitions editor for Angry Robot and SFF editor of award-winning authors, such as Kameron Hurley, Sarah Pinborough and Laura Lam.


Work experience:

  • AR Editorial Solutions
  • Strange Chemistry

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Horror, Thriller & Suspense, Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Young Adult, Military Science Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Epic Fantasy

Tim

Tim

York, United Kingdom

Experienced editor specialising in science fiction, horror and YA fiction – offering MS assessment, structural editing and copyediting.


Work experience:

  • CGP
  • Pearson
  • Scholastic
  • British Fantasy Society
  • Self-employed

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Short Story, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Horror, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Psychological Thriller

Sarah

Sarah

Lincoln, United Kingdom

A former Senior Editor at Bonnier, I'm now a freelance editor with experience in a wide variety of genres. Specialist in romance fiction.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • Totally Entwined Group (Bonnier Publishing)

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Romance, Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery & Crime, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ Fiction

Jackie

Jackie

Hampshire, United Kingdom

Jackie has been editing and proofreading for more than twenty-five years; food, travel, fiction.


Work experience:

  • AA Publishing
  • Freelance

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Non-Fiction, History, Humanities & Social Sciences, Travel, Women's Fiction, Mystery & Crime

Julia

Julia

London, United Kingdom

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 editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Career Guides, Non-Fiction, Health & Wellbeing, Sex & Relationships, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Parenting & Families, Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Business & Management

Gerard

Gerard

London, United Kingdom

Freelance copy-editor and proofreader (STEM and non-fiction) for Bloomsbury, HarperCollins, Hodder, Routledge, OUP, Pearson and others


Work experience:

  • Pearson Education
  • Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
  • The Charlesworth Group
  • Journal of Chemical Research (Science Reviews 2000 Ltd)
  • HarperCollins
  • Hodder Education
  • Cambridge Publishing Management

Services: Editing editing Copy Editing copy-editing Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Computers & Internet, Non-Fiction, History, Humanities & Social Sciences, Nature, Engineering, Math & Science, Education & Reference, Life Sciences, Technology

Gareth

Gareth

Oxford, United Kingdom

Copy-editor and proofreader with over 10 years' experience working with traditional publishers and indie authors.


Work experience:

  • Wiley
  • Watkins Editorial Services
  • Unbound

Services: Editing editing Copy Editing copy-editing Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Computers & Internet, Non-Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult

Judith

Judith

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Children's book editor, specializing in middle-grade and picture books. Experienced in helping authors turn good ideas into great books.


Work experience:

  • Plurus Books
  • Oxford University Press
  • Jacaranda Literary Agency
  • Oxford Brookes University

Services: Editing editing Copy Editing copy-editing Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Picture Books, Children's, Middle Grade, Education & Reference, Non-Fiction

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If you’ve ever fallen victim to embarrassing email typos, errors in a work document, or even mistakes in your own published writing, you already understand the importance of copy editing. Needless to say, if you’ve written an entire book, you’re going to want a copy editor to look it over before you proceed.


Of course, what a copy editor does extends far beyond the realm of basic spelling and grammatical errors. A truly effective copy editor will register the signature style and tone of your story, and note down any places where it veers away. They’ll eliminate instances of inconsistent tense, POV, and pacing, all of which can confuse the reader and distract from the narrative. But perhaps most importantly, they’ll give you — the author — peace of mind as you prepare to publish. A thorough copy edit is the literary equivalent to a yearly physical: even if nothing’s wrong, it’s still much better to know for sure.


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