Lottie Clemens

Lottie Clemens - Editor

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Editor and proofreader with 3+ years' experience at HarperCollins and an expert eye for detail! Keen on women's fiction and fantasy.

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Overview

Looking for a precise and reliable pair of eyes to help you to finesse your piece of work? Look no further!

Whether proofreading a thrilling romance, editing the first draft of a manuscript, or checking over the sixth revision, I approach all editorial projects with the same dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm for well-written prose.

I have a degree in English Literature, specialising in creative writing, edited short fiction and non-fiction submissions for a creative journal, and spent over three years in the Fiction editorial department at HarperCollins, where I received professional training in copy editing and proofreading. I was also responsible for amending and updating our house style guidelines, so I have an excellent sense of publisher's requirements for spelling, grammar and structure.

My experience is largely based in fiction, particuarly cosy crime, fantasy, women's fiction, and romance, but as part of the Estates team I worked on books of all genres within the Agatha Christie and J. R. R. Tolkien estates, and unique non-fiction projects such as Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and the Fantastic Beasts 'behind the scenes' books.

I can't wait to work with you on your next project!
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Fantasy
Humor & Comedy
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Entertainment

Certifications

  • Introduction to Editorial Skills: Copyediting and Proofreading (PTC)

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Proofreader

Self-employed
December, 2018 – Present (over 2 years)

Managing Editorial Assistant (Fiction) and Editorial Assistant (Estates)

HarperCollins Publishers
June, 2015 – January, 2019 (over 3 years)

- Responsible for proofreading HarperImpulse (Romance and Crime/Thriller) digital first titles at the final stage.
- Rewriting style guidelines for authors, editors and freelancers, to reduce grammatical and spelling errors and improve consistency.
- Writing and editing cover copy and online copy for retailer sites such as Amazon, Waterstones etc.
- Managing book schedules from cover brief through to typesetting and final approval.
- Reading and reviewing manuscripts.
- Editing, proofing and collating Estates titles.

Editor (voluntary)

Route 57 Creative Journal
October, 2014 – May, 2015 (7 months)

- Reading fiction and non-fiction submissions and provding detailed feedback to the managing editor.
- Editing final submissions (for structure, development, spelling and grammar) and going over edits with the author.

The Art of the Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Dermot Power

Brand New!! Re-check ISBN before Purchase

Brand New!! Re-check ISBN before Purchase

The Fall of Gondolin

J. R. R. Tolkien

The Caves of Steel

Isaac Asimov

The Naked Sun

Isaac Asimov

Brand New!! Re-check ISBN before Purchase

Brand New!! Re-check ISBN before Purchase

Money in the Morgue: The New Inspector Alleyn Mystery

Ngaio Marsh, Stella Duffy

Collins Crime Club 1st Hardback (Mar. 2018)

Collins Crime Club 1st Hardback (Mar. 2018)

Miss Marple’s Final Cases (Miss Marple)

Agatha Christie

Brand New!! Re-check ISBN before Purchase

Brand New!! Re-check ISBN before Purchase

Poirot’s Early Cases (Poirot)

Agatha Christie

Brand New!! Re-check ISBN before Purchase

Brand New!! Re-check ISBN before Purchase

Berlin Game

Len Deighton

Long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy, GAME, SET and MATCH, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. East is East and West is West - and they meet in Berlin...He was the best source the Department ever had, but now he desperately wanted to come over the Wall. 'Brahms Four' was certain a high-ranking mole was set to betray him. There was only one Eng... read more

Long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy, GAME, SET and MATCH, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. East is East and West is West - and they meet in Berlin...He was the best source the Department ever had, but now he desperately wanted to come over the Wall. 'Brahms Four' was certain a high-ranking mole was set to betray him. There was only one Eng... read more

A Violent End

Emma Page

Me, You and Tiramisu

Charlotte Butterfield

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Flashman (The Flashman Papers)

George MacDonald Fraser

Flashman

Flashman

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe

Debbie Johnson

The brand new book from bestselling author Debbie Johnson will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you raid the pantry in the middle of the night... The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle... read more

The brand new book from bestselling author Debbie Johnson will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you raid the pantry in the middle of the night... The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle... read more

Every Time a Bell Rings

Carmel Harrington

An angel gets its wings? Belle has taken all the Christmas decorations down. This year they won?t be celebrating. As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They?ve loved them as if they were their own. They shouldn?t have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can... read more

An angel gets its wings? Belle has taken all the Christmas decorations down. This year they won?t be celebrating. As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They?ve loved them as if they were their own. They shouldn?t have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can... read more

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed

Mike Ripley

WINNER OF THE HRF KEATING AWARD FOR BEST NON-FICTION CRIME BOOK 2018An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley reveals that, though Britain may have lost an empire, her thrillers helped save the world. With a foreword by Lee Child.When Ian Fleming dismissed his books in a 1956 letter to Raymond Chandl... read more

WINNER OF THE HRF KEATING AWARD FOR BEST NON-FICTION CRIME BOOK 2018An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley reveals that, though Britain may have lost an empire, her thrillers helped save the world. With a foreword by Lee Child.When Ian Fleming dismissed his books in a 1956 letter to Raymond Chandl... read more

The Uncertain Land and Other Poems

Patrick O'Brian

The first ever collection of poems by the acclaimed author of the Aubrey/Maturin series of Napoleonic naval adventures.As we have stood with Jack and Stephen on the deck of the Surprise and other ships, readers around the world have been transported to a place and time at once familiar and exotic, routine and dramatic.At all times, Patrick O’Brian’s deep knowledge of the period and profound em... read more

The first ever collection of poems by the acclaimed author of the Aubrey/Maturin series of Napoleonic naval adventures.As we have stood with Jack and Stephen on the deck of the Surprise and other ships, readers around the world have been transported to a place and time at once familiar and exotic, routine and dramatic.At all times, Patrick O’Brian’s deep knowledge of the period and profound em... read more

Lottie has 39 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
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Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Timothy Lanz
Very helpful feedback, with good attention to prose structure.

Timothy Lanz, April 2021


Jeremy Roscoe
Lottie helped me with a very early and incomplete draft of a story (a story other's claimed to be at too early a stage for help), and her work was absolutely amazing! It was an incredibly balance of encouragement, constructive criticism, and insightfulness, that will be invaluable to the development of my story.

Jeremy Roscoe, April 2021


Leke Apena
Brilliant to work with. Easy going and very passionate about her work.

Leke Apena, March 2021


Charlene Chan
Lottie was very communicative throughout. Her developmental edit of my work was thoughtful, encouraging and detailed. She also was very responsive to particular questions I had about my stories. Because my work is relatively not plot-driven and subtle, I was really unsure of how it would read to other people and Lottie really helped me convey all its emotional nuances to a broader readership.

Charlene Chan, February 2021


Jennifer Lewis
Lottie has been wonderful! I'm a new author and really hesitated to put money into an edit on a first book. I wasn't sure what to expect, but was blown away by the insight her edit provided. She was instrumental in keeping me on track with the timeline (a major problem area for me!), organizing my plot points, building up my characters, and just overall storytelling. Her notes were thorough, ea...
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Jennifer Lewis, January 2021

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