Leighton Wingate

Leighton Wingate - Editor Tick

Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA

Accuracy is key to credibility. I’m a longtime copy editor and proofreader, with an affinity for mystery, romance, fantasy and thrillers.

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Overview

After years spent on copy desks at daily newspapers, I transitioned to freelancing, including roles with MSN, Infinite Spada (a PR consultancy), and book producers becker&mayer! and Girl Friday Productions (titles available on request). I can make your worlds come alive with my well-honed grammatical skills and keen eye for detail, for I’m adept at working in a wide variety of genres, from paranormal tales to romance stories to mysteries. I take pride in maintaining the author’s voice while ensuring and enhancing clean copy, consistency and readability.

I’ve enjoyed working on a Jeffery Deaver short story, a long novel featuring Napoleon that required a deep dive into Russian history, and a hefty international best seller that called for a deft hand at close, careful proofreading of the English translation from the original Spanish. Regardless of the subject matter, I can bring my extensive experience to bear on polishing your project.
Services
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Dystopian
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Thriller
Non-Fiction
History

Work experience

Freelance proofreader (part of the Trusted Editors pool)

becker&mayer!
August, 2014 – March, 2017 (over 2 years)

In addition to regular proofreading duties (including book covers), I performed several cold reads and extra quality-assurance assessments. My tenure with becker[and]mayer! ended when the business was acquired by The Quarto Group, which undertook a large number of internal changes and jettisoned us freelancers.

Copy editor

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July, 1989 – March, 2009 (over 19 years)

For almost 20 years at the Hearst-owned Seattle P-I, my work included designing pages and preparing, reviewing and revising news, business, features and sports copy, in print and online. I wrote headlines; oversaw content selection, editing and/or production for regular sections and pages; and edited staff blogs.

Furthermore, in fulfilling my responsibilities, I also:
· Concentrated on improving readability, addressing each story to resolve inconsistencies, ensure continuity, smooth out transitions, improve clarity and conciseness, and correct grammatical errors

· Edited HTML-based material using a proprietary content management and publishing system

· Substituted routinely for the copy chiefs in news, features and sports when those managers were on vacation or took medical or bereavement leaves

· Served in supervisory role, helping coordinate and check the work of several other copy editors

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Measure of the Moon

Lisa Preston

“If you ever say anything to anyone, they all die.”When eight-year-old Greer Donner falls off his horse in the Washington wilderness, he braces himself to face the long hike home alone. But screams pierce the darkness, and he stumbles upon a dead-end road where a man is beating a woman—nearly to death. In a moment of courage, he stops the assault, but he’s left to face the man, who turns his w... read more

“If you ever say anything to anyone, they all die.”When eight-year-old Greer Donner falls off his horse in the Washington wilderness, he braces himself to face the long hike home alone. But screams pierce the darkness, and he stumbles upon a dead-end road where a man is beating a woman—nearly to death. In a moment of courage, he stops the assault, but he’s left to face the man, who turns his w... read more

Whatever You Need (The Haneys Book 2)

Barbara Longley

In the second novel in award-winning author Barbara Longley’s sweet and sexy Haneys series, an introverted electrician rewires a young widow’s apartment—and attempts to mend her heart.Painfully shy electrician Wyatt Haney is a pro at complex wiring jobs, but when it comes to women, he just can’t seem to make a lasting connection. If he had even half the courage of the superhero he penned for h... read more

In the second novel in award-winning author Barbara Longley’s sweet and sexy Haneys series, an introverted electrician rewires a young widow’s apartment—and attempts to mend her heart.Painfully shy electrician Wyatt Haney is a pro at complex wiring jobs, but when it comes to women, he just can’t seem to make a lasting connection. If he had even half the courage of the superhero he penned for h... read more

Crossing Hearts (Cross Creek Book 1)

Kimberly Kincaid

Hunter Cross has no regrets. Having left his football prospects behind the day he graduated high school, he’s happy to carry out his legacy on his family’s farm in the foothills of the Shenandoah. But when a shoulder injury puts him face-to-face with the high school sweetheart who abandoned town—and him—twelve years ago, Hunter’s simple life gets a lot more complicated.Emerson Montgomery has s... read more

Hunter Cross has no regrets. Having left his football prospects behind the day he graduated high school, he’s happy to carry out his legacy on his family’s farm in the foothills of the Shenandoah. But when a shoulder injury puts him face-to-face with the high school sweetheart who abandoned town—and him—twelve years ago, Hunter’s simple life gets a lot more complicated.Emerson Montgomery has s... read more

Let Me Love You Again (Echoes of the Heart Book 2)

Anna DeStefano

Selena Rosenthal left behind her high school sweetheart, who was the love of her life, seven years ago.Now, she and the once-rebellious Oliver Bowman are back in Chandlerville—after his foster father’s heart attack and Selena’s contentious divorce—to deal with her secrets, the recklessness that caused their breakup, and the almost-strangers they’ve become to each other and their families.As so... read more

Selena Rosenthal left behind her high school sweetheart, who was the love of her life, seven years ago.Now, she and the once-rebellious Oliver Bowman are back in Chandlerville—after his foster father’s heart attack and Selena’s contentious divorce—to deal with her secrets, the recklessness that caused their breakup, and the almost-strangers they’ve become to each other and their families.As so... read more

Happy Doomsday: A Novel

David Sosnowski

The end of the world is the weirdest time to come of age.Welcome to the end of the world. One minute, people are going about their lives, and the next—not. In the wake of the inexplicable purge, only a handful of young misfits remains.When it all went down, “Wizard of Odd” Dev Brinkman was seeking shelter from the taunts of his classmates. Goth girl Lucy Abernathy had lost her best friend and ... read more

The end of the world is the weirdest time to come of age.Welcome to the end of the world. One minute, people are going about their lives, and the next—not. In the wake of the inexplicable purge, only a handful of young misfits remains.When it all went down, “Wizard of Odd” Dev Brinkman was seeking shelter from the taunts of his classmates. Goth girl Lucy Abernathy had lost her best friend and ... read more

The Butterfly Garden (The Collector Book 1)

Dot Hutchison

An Amazon Charts bestseller.Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.When the garden is ... read more

An Amazon Charts bestseller.Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.When the garden is ... read more

The Jekyll Revelation

Robert Masello

A spellbinding thriller from the bestselling author of The Einstein Prophecy.A chilling curse is transported from 1880s London to present-day California, awakening a long-dormant fiend.While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon, environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk. Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a... read more

A spellbinding thriller from the bestselling author of The Einstein Prophecy.A chilling curse is transported from 1880s London to present-day California, awakening a long-dormant fiend.While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon, environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk. Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a... read more

The Girl Who Fought Napoleon: A Novel of the Russian Empire

Linda Lafferty

In a sweeping story straight out of Russian history, Tsar Alexander I and a courageous girl named Nadezhda Durova join forces against Napoleon.It’s 1803, and an adolescent Nadya is determined not to follow in her overbearing Ukrainian mother’s footsteps. She’s a horsewoman, not a housewife. When Tsar Paul is assassinated in St. Petersburg and a reluctant and naive Alexander is crowned emperor,... read more

In a sweeping story straight out of Russian history, Tsar Alexander I and a courageous girl named Nadezhda Durova join forces against Napoleon.It’s 1803, and an adolescent Nadya is determined not to follow in her overbearing Ukrainian mother’s footsteps. She’s a horsewoman, not a housewife. When Tsar Paul is assassinated in St. Petersburg and a reluctant and naive Alexander is crowned emperor,... read more

All This I Will Give to You

Dolores Redondo

The award-winning, international bestselling page-turner about the secrets and lies of one man that lead another into a treacherous house of strangers…When novelist Manuel Ortigosa learns that his husband, Álvaro, has been killed in a car crash, it comes as a devastating shock. It won’t be the last. He’s now arrived in Galicia. It’s where Álvaro died. It’s where the case has already been quick... read more

The award-winning, international bestselling page-turner about the secrets and lies of one man that lead another into a treacherous house of strangers…When novelist Manuel Ortigosa learns that his husband, Álvaro, has been killed in a car crash, it comes as a devastating shock. It won’t be the last. He’s now arrived in Galicia. It’s where Álvaro died. It’s where the case has already been quick... read more

The Victims' Club (Kindle Single)

Jeffery Deaver

Snap. Upload. Ruin a reputation.In this page-turning short story from international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, senior detective Jon Avery inherits a deeply troubling case. At an off-campus party, university professor Rose Taylor is drugged, undressed, and photographed on a burner phone. In seconds her humiliation is uploaded, and millions of JPEGs are zipping like immortal wasps throug... read more

Snap. Upload. Ruin a reputation.In this page-turning short story from international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, senior detective Jon Avery inherits a deeply troubling case. At an off-campus party, university professor Rose Taylor is drugged, undressed, and photographed on a burner phone. In seconds her humiliation is uploaded, and millions of JPEGs are zipping like immortal wasps throug... read more

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