Leona Skene

Leona Skene - Editor

Inverurie, UK

Cheerful, enthusiastic book editor and champion of independent authors. Copyeditor for Penguin Random House. Forever in love with words.

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Your friendly neighbourhood book nerd!

I'm hugely enthusiastic about books and reading, and 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 novels, sci fi/fantasy, YA, children's chapter books, and self-help books, to name just a few.

My clients have included several bestselling authors, and I edit and proofread for publishers such as Penguin Random House and Birlinn, among others.

I'm based in Scotland and have been lucky enough to work with clients from all over the world. I'm happy to use US or British English (and Scots!) and am very familiar with both US and UK dictionaries and style guides.

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 offer a 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

'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

English (UK)
English (US)
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Self-Help & Self-Improvement


  • Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) - Intermediate Member
  • ACES: The Society for Editing - Full Member

Work experience

Freelance Editor & Proofreader

January, 2021 – Present (about 1 year)

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 and Birlinn.


SNACK Magazine
August, 2018 – Present (over 3 years)

SNACK is a Glasgow-based print and digital arts & 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.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Hyrax Song (2) (The Pearls of Wisdom Series)

Russell, Catherine Ann, Connor, Brooke

Get to Bed! (1)

Russell, Catherine Ann, Quist, Morgan

The Little Book of Why (1)

Russell, Catherine Ann, Quist, Morgan

The Last Hacker

Wahlbeck, Mark

Leona has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jim Cline
So very impressed with Leona and her professionalism and talent. She did an incredible job and met her promised timeline. I will totally work with her again.

Jim Cline, November 2021

Leona Skene
Jim is a wonderful client: throughout our collaboration he was courteous, responsive, and interested. Thank you for the kind review, Jim!

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Chris Upton
Leona has been amazing to work with from the outset of our collaboration and has provided high quality feedback delivering it with just the right tone. She is meticulous in checking the finer details and I feel that, through her support, my book is ready for publication in the best shape it could be!

Chris Upton, October 2021

Leona Skene
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Chris on his book, which is so heartfelt and movingly written. Thank you for the feedback, Chris! I wish you every success for the future.

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