If it is in English, I will copy-edit it! I can offer editorial experience in everything from children's comics to adult fiction, medical journals and plumbing manuals. Whatever your project, I will work with you to make your writing the best it can be.
I have a background of 13 years as an in-house editor for companies including HarperCollins, Macmillan, Puffin and Pearson before going freelance in 2007. I have been fortunate enough to work on books by some fantastic authors, such as Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, David Walliams and Jenny Downham. I am also a published writer of both fiction and non-fiction, so have an understanding of what the publishing process is like from an author's perspective.
Editing is not just about making sure things are 'correct'. Obviously I will check spelling, grammar and punctuation, but I will also endeavour to ensure your writing is consistent, clear and comfortable to read, while always maintaining your individual author 'voice'. This is your book, not mine; it's my job to help you realise your vision for it – to polish it, iron out any small errors and put it into good order for publishing or further distribution. I will therefore keep an eye out for things like repeated words or phrases; factual issues, including anachronisms; continuity; plot points and anything else that you might specifically want me to check. Before any job, I will check with you exactly what it is you would like me to do, and keep in contact throughout the process. I am very flexible and will do my utmost to get your writing to where you want it to be.
Please note I do not work on children's picture books or poetry.
A huge variety of editorial, research, writing and project management jobs undertaken with clients that include: David Fickling Books; The Phoenix Comic; Puffin; Compuscript; Egmont; Oxfam; Girl Friday (For Amazon); HarperCollins; Pearson Education; Nelson Thornes; Taylor and Francis; Hachette; Mouseion; Oxford University Press; Marshall Editions; Society for the History of Natural History; The Linnean Society of London; The Natural History Museum; Cactus Communications.
Creating children’s non-fiction titles including: designing layouts; researching, writing and editing text; designing, cutting and fitting in Quark; briefing artists; picture research; indexing and proofreading. (Full-time)
Developing vocational textbooks with authors and publishers; project managing titles to schedule and budget; structural editing; proofreading and technical checking; briefing artworks; picture research; attending photoshoots. (Full-time)
HarperCollins Children's Books
Managing part of children's black-and-white fiction and non-fiction list; structural and copy-editing; copywriting; proofreading; liaison with authors, freelances, licensees and in-house departments. (Maternity cover, full-time)
Penguin Books, Ltd.
Overall editorial responsibility for all of Puffin's picture-book, fiction, poetry, non- fiction and popular-culture lists; managing a team of freelance editors and one in-house copy-editor; copy-editing and proofreading. (Maternity cover, full-time)
HarperCollins Children's Books
Managing part of the children's black-and-white fiction list; structural and copy- editing; proofreading; copywriting; liaison with authors, agents, licensees and in- house departments; assessment of manuscripts. (Maternity cover, part-time)
Macmillan Children's Books
Copy-editing; proofreading; liaison with authors, freelances and in-house departments; fact-checking and seeing to production non-fiction, fiction and poetry and titles spanning ages 7–young adult. (Part-time)
Writing and editing content for integrated illustrated book series, 'Travels and Adventures.'
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