Leonora Bulbeck

Leonora Bulbeck – Editor

A friendly, experienced copyeditor of YA and adult fiction, fantasy and sci-fi. My aim is to make copyediting a positive experience for all.


I am a professional copyeditor with over fifteen years of experience in the publishing sector. Previously, I have worked on over 400 titles at Usborne Publishing, including bestsellers and award winners. I have been a freelancer on Reedsy since 2016, and in that time, I have built rewarding relationships with many authors, helping them to put that polish on their projects that really makes them stand out to their readers. I have a great passion for young adult and adult fiction, especially fantasy and science fiction, but I don't work exclusively in those genres. I have worked on a range of manuscripts, from epic fantasy to popular science and everything in between. I am also fluent in all English standards (British, American, Canadian, Australian, etc.), so it doesn't make any difference where you are from or what form of English you want to publish in.

Being an independent author myself, I know what you are going through, so I am more than happy to share my knowledge and give advice where I can. I am a friendly, open person, and all my feedback is constructive and instructive. I am here to help, to make editing a positive experience. I have a great respect for my authors and their work, and I expect high standards in my own work.

If you would like a sample copyedit of your manuscript, just send me your request with a sample file attached, and I will get back to you as soon as I can with a quote and a sample edit. I look forward to hearing from you.
Action & Adventure Dystopian Epic Fantasy Mystery & Crime Post-Apocalyptic Space Opera Urban Fantasy Young Adult Fantasy
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
  • MA Publishing (University of the Arts London)
  • Imago Training - Editing and Enhancing your eBooks
  • Publishing Training Centre - Digital Proofreading
  • MA Linguistics (Cambridge University)

Work experience


Dec, 2016 — Present

I've been a freelance copyeditor on Reedsy since 2016, and in that time I have built rewarding relationships with many authors, helping them to put that polish on their projects that really makes them stand out to their readers. I have a great passion for young adult and adult fiction, especially fantasy and science fiction, but I don't work exclusively in those genres. I have worked on a range of manuscripts, from epic fantasy to popular science and everything in between. I am also fluent in all English standards (British, American, Canadian, Australian, etc.).

Usborne Publishing

Jan, 2012 — Mar, 2016 (about 4 years)

Producing reflowable and fixed-layout ebooks.

Editing and proofreading ebooks.

Making changes directly into the code and implementing updates to existing ebooks.

Repurposing print books to optimise ebook layouts.

Assessing digital potential for print books.

Writing and updating metadata for ebook retailers.

Designing and editing webpages for company websites.

Templar Publishing

Jan, 2011 — Dec, 2011 (11 months)

Maintaining company websites and social media channels.

Setting up Facebook pages and creating custom FBML pages.

Organising and running blog tours for authors.

Designing and writing marketing materials for blog tours and websites.




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The Rosemary Kids: Different fairy tales for tomorrow’s citizens!On a school excursion to a nuclear power plant, best friends Rose and Mary stumble upon a conspiracy that might put the whole country in danger. Together with Ash, the little fairy of the ash tre... read more
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Kathryn E.

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A subtle, insightful and utterly absorbing novel about teen pregnancy. Sixteen-year-old Amy is used to keeping secrets – about her mum's illness, her irresponsible sister and about her ex-boyfriend Liam. But now Amy has a secret that cannot be kept. Should she... read more
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The final captivating book in the bestselling Angel Trilogy. Willow and Alex are mankind's only hope. With the world in ruins, the angels are enslaving humanity, moving survivors into camps where they can devour their energy, causing slow but certain death. Tr... read more
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Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper has led heroic adventures and is a friend of princes, yet he is still troubled by his lowly status and determined to discover the secret of his true identity. He sets out to consult the powerful witches of Morva and the mysteriou... read more
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Taran is desperate for adventure. Being a lowly Assistant Pig-Keeper just isn't exciting. That is, until the magical pig, Hen Wen, disappears and Taran embarks on a death-defying quest to save her from the evil Horned King. His perilous adventures bring Taran ... read more

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Kaylea P.

Kaylea P.

Sep, 2023

Leonora was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was communicative, reached out when she had clarifying questions, and the edits she delivered back to me exceeded my expectations. Her attention to detail was so appreciated, especially her fact-checking for the historical aspects of my story. And the guide she provided in addition to my edited manuscript was so useful and appreciated. I would ...
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Stewart B.

Stewart B.

Aug, 2023

Incredibly knowledgeable, clear and concise, and kept in contact for the duration of the project. Her work was beyond my expectations.
Kate B.

Kate B.

Jul, 2023

I always enjoy working with Leonora. I appreciate that she keeps notes on all my projects and helps me keep consistent between books. Her feedback is incredibly valuable. She has great attention to detail, and she wrangles commas like an absolute champ!
E. M. L.

E. M. L.

Jul, 2023

Leonora is amazing - this is the second time I've worked with her and hope to continue to do so on future projects. She is thorough, detail-oriented, and keeps to the timeline. I would recommend her to everyone!
Olivia R.

Olivia R.

Jul, 2023

Working with Leonora was amazing! She was so professional, amazing at what she does, and super communicative throughout the whole process, always open to answering questions and quelling any anxieties I had about the editing process! Definitely recommend!

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