I’m Leona, I'm a copyeditor, and I'm hugely enthusiastic about books and reading. I genuinely love collaborating with clients to bring clarity and to make their work as polished and professional as it deserves to be. I work with both fiction and non-fiction authors – in the past I've edited historical fiction, sci fi/fantasy, YA, children's chapter books, and memoir, to name just a few.
My clients have included several bestselling authors, and I work with Big 5 publishers such as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Ebury.
I'm based in Scotland and am lucky enough to work with clients from all over the world. I'm happy to use US or British English (and Scots!) and am familiar with most US and UK dictionaries and styles.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have a project you'd like to discuss! I'm always happy to chat, and I offer a free sample edit to find out if we'd be a good fit.
'Fantastic job, very thorough, yet happy to work with me on issues of tone and coherence. Caught all sorts of things I’d missed that would have embarrassed me! Very satisfied with the end result and would be happy to work with her again.'
– Aviva Rosenthal, writer
'Leona is not only pleasant to work with but also super knowledgeable and experienced. She has a great grasp of what makes a book successful and the skills to get it there.’
– Jess Anderson, Editorial Manager, Ebury Publishing
‘I engaged Leona to evaluate my manuscript and was highly impressed with her response. She was prompt, professional, and generous, and her comments and queries were insightful, relevant, clearly expressed, and extremely useful.'
– Jane Smith, author and editor
’Leona is great to deal with … Her conscientious editorial work is of a very high standard; her fact-checking is meticulous.’
– Edward Crossan, Commissioning and Managing Editor, Polygon Books
- Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) - Intermediate Member
- ACES: The Society for Editing - Full Member
I work on a freelance basis for both independent authors and traditional publishers. I've edited novels and self-help books for several bestselling authors, and my publisher clients include Penguin Random House, Ebury, and Simon & Schuster.
SNACK is a Glasgow-based print and digital arts and culture guide.
As sub-editor, I re-write, edit and proofread copy from staff and freelancers, fact-checking for accuracy and adherence to house style.
I scan for tone, content and compatibility with the magazine’s values and ethos.
Together with the editor, I select pull-quotes, create headlines, and oversee the final structure and layout of each edition.
Leona has 7 reviews