Lottie Fyfe

Lottie Fyfe - Editor

London, UK

Structural edits, copyediting, proofreading | Literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir | HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette

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Overview

"Lottie was the copyeditor for my third novel, and I was delighted with the professional care and attention she gave the manuscript. She has fantastic attention to detail and her work on my novel really polished it. She looked at time and plot inconsistencies as well as grammar etc, going far beyond what I expected. She was particularly good at making sure there were no repetitions of words and the story felt tighter and clearer after her edit. She’s warm, approachable and diplomatic and has a great way of making suggestions without imposing her ideas. We had a really useful Zoom meeting to discuss everything. In my experience, she really helps the author’s style and story shine through and I highly recommend her." Liz Treacher, author of UNRAVELLING ELLA, THE WRONG ENVELOPE and THE WRONG DIRECTION


About me:


I'm a confident, approachable editor with 7 years’ experience, both freelance and at global trade publishing houses, including HarperCollins, Hachette and Penguin Random House, and I've edited authors including David Mitchell, Melvyn Bragg, Simon Callow, Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené, Laline Paull, Ben Fogle, Bella Mackie and Cathy Newman. I have formal training in copyediting and proofreading from the industry-standard Publishing Training Centre in London, I'm fully professionally insured, and I'm used to working with writers of all levels of experience, from first-timers to experienced self-published authors to high-profile award-winners, so no matter what stage you're at, you'll be in safe hands.


Why choose me?


I take great pride and pleasure in working with authors to fine-tune their work at any stage of the process. I can help you tighten up your writing, addressing issues with structure, timeline, plot, characterisation and repetition - the idea is not to interfere with your style, but to help you perfect and enhance it so your voice really shines. Alternatively, I can add the finishing touches to your proofs to make them as perfect as they possibly can be: spelling, grammar and typo-spotting come as second nature, and I also have a keen eye for layout and design.


I specialise in literary & crossover fiction, narrative nonfiction, natural history and memoir - and below is an outline of the services I offer - but I'm happy to stray outside these boundaries for the right project. If you have something you think is suitable that doesn't fit neatly into a category, drop me a line to see if we'd be a good fit.


Structural/development editing:
An in-depth edit that looks at everything from overall structure and style to language, flow and phrasing. A structural edit will iron out inconsistencies with timeline, plot, characterisation and repetition, always with your target audience in mind. Usually done onscreen using word-processing software.

Copyediting:
A thorough read of your edited manuscript to pick up on errors or possible improvements in spelling, grammar, punctuation and style. The copyedit will also highlight any residual narrative inconsistencies, structural issues, repetition or awkward phrasing. Usually done onscreen using word-processing software.


Proofreading:
The final stage! A close read of your typeset page proofs for typesetting, spelling and grammar errors, design issues and any other leftover imperfections. I can work onscreen or on hard copy – whichever you prefer.


Other:
I have extensive experience of writing and editing book blurb copy and web copy, and am delighted to offer these services on request. In addition, I have fluent German and am available for sample translations (DE-EN), reader reports, projects that require a level of sensitivity to German language, history and culture, or working with German-speaking authors on translated projects.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Fiction
Dystopian
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime

Certifications

  • Introduction to Editorial Skills (Copy Editing and Proofreading) - Publishing Training Centre
  • Progress in Editorial Skills (Copy Editing and Proofreading) - Publishing Training Centre

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
October, 2018 – Present (about 2 years)

Copy-editing
Proofreading
Editorial project management
Writing and editing book cover copy and web description copy
Reader reports and sample translations

Project Editor

HarperCollins
October, 2016 – September, 2018 (almost 2 years)

Managing editorial progress for fiction, non-fiction and illustrated titles
Copy-editing, proofreading, collating proofs, liaising with authors
Writing cover and web copy, checking cover artwork
Signing off books for press

Assistant Project Editor

HarperCollins
August, 2015 – October, 2016 (about 1 year)

Project editing a range of fiction and non-fiction titles
Collating and checking proofs
Copy-editing and proofreading
Writing and editing cover and web copy

Editorial Assistant

Sceptre (Hodder & Stoughton)
January, 2015 – August, 2015 (7 months)

Reading and assessing manuscripts
Preparing manuscripts for production
Collating and checking proofs
Writing cover copy, proofreading cover artwork

Editorial Assistant (FTC)

Vintage (a division of Random House)
August, 2014 – January, 2015 (5 months)

Collating and checking proofs
Liaising with authors to resolve editorial queries
Signing off books for press
Commissioning freelance readers
Handling translation grant application process

Freelance Proofreader

Macmillan Bello (an imprint of Pan Macmillan)
January, 2011 – September, 2012 (over 1 year)

Proofreading typeset texts for errors and scanning issues

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Sea State

Tabitha Lasley

A candid examination of the life of North Sea oil riggers, and an explosive portrayal of masculinity, loneliness and female desire. In her mid-30s and sprung out of a terrible relationship, Tabitha quit her job at a women’s magazine, left London and put her savings into a six-month lease on a flat in a dodgy neighbourhood in Aberdeen – she was going to make good on a long-deferred idea for a b... read more

A candid examination of the life of North Sea oil riggers, and an explosive portrayal of masculinity, loneliness and female desire. In her mid-30s and sprung out of a terrible relationship, Tabitha quit her job at a women’s magazine, left London and put her savings into a six-month lease on a flat in a dodgy neighbourhood in Aberdeen – she was going to make good on a long-deferred idea for a b... read more

When I Had a Little Sister: The Story of a Farming Family Who Never Spoke

Catherine Simpson

When I had a Little Sister by Catherine Simpson is a searingly honest and heartbreaking account of growing up in a farming family, and of Catherine’s search for understanding into what led her younger sister to kill herself at 46. It’s a story of sisters and sacrifice, grief and reclamation, and of the need to speak the unspeakable. When did she decide to die? Was it before midnight on Friday ... read more

When I had a Little Sister by Catherine Simpson is a searingly honest and heartbreaking account of growing up in a farming family, and of Catherine’s search for understanding into what led her younger sister to kill herself at 46. It’s a story of sisters and sacrifice, grief and reclamation, and of the need to speak the unspeakable. When did she decide to die? Was it before midnight on Friday ... read more

A Spell in the Wild

Alice Tarbuck

'These enchanting words make the world feel less broken' - Emma Mitchell, author of The Wild Remedy'Part-primer, part-chronicle; a fresh and personal account of a contemporary witch's year told with lucidity and verve' - Eley Williams, author of The Liar's Dictionary'Witches occupy a clear place in contemporary imagination. We can see them, emerging shadowy, from the corners of the past: mad, ... read more

'These enchanting words make the world feel less broken' - Emma Mitchell, author of The Wild Remedy'Part-primer, part-chronicle; a fresh and personal account of a contemporary witch's year told with lucidity and verve' - Eley Williams, author of The Liar's Dictionary'Witches occupy a clear place in contemporary imagination. We can see them, emerging shadowy, from the corners of the past: mad, ... read more

Bloody Brilliant Women: The Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention

Cathy Newman

‘A litany of fresh heroes to make the embattled heart sing’ Caitlin Moran ‘Newman is a brilliant writer’ Observer A fresh, opinionated history of all the brilliant women you should have learned about in school but didn’t. For hundreds of years we have heard about the great men of history, but what about herstory? In this freewheeling history of modern Britain, Cathy Newman writes about the pio... read more

‘A litany of fresh heroes to make the embattled heart sing’ Caitlin Moran ‘Newman is a brilliant writer’ Observer A fresh, opinionated history of all the brilliant women you should have learned about in school but didn’t. For hundreds of years we have heard about the great men of history, but what about herstory? In this freewheeling history of modern Britain, Cathy Newman writes about the pio... read more

Doggerland

Ben Smith

‘The Road meets Waiting for Godot: powerful, unforgettable, unique’ Melissa Harrison, author of At Hawthorn Time. Doggerland is a superbly gripping debut novel about loneliness and hope, nature and survival – set on an off-shore windfarm in the not-so-distant future. ‘His father’s breath had been loud in the small room. It had smelled smoky, or maybe more like dust. He had knotted and unknotte... read more

‘The Road meets Waiting for Godot: powerful, unforgettable, unique’ Melissa Harrison, author of At Hawthorn Time. Doggerland is a superbly gripping debut novel about loneliness and hope, nature and survival – set on an off-shore windfarm in the not-so-distant future. ‘His father’s breath had been loud in the small room. It had smelled smoky, or maybe more like dust. He had knotted and unknotte... read more

Slade House

David Mitchell

Turn down Slade Alley - narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you're looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies. A stranger greets you and invites you insi... read more

Turn down Slade Alley - narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you're looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies. A stranger greets you and invites you insi... read more

The Ghost Factory

Jenny McCartney

A powerful debut set in Belfast and London in the latter years of the twentieth century. The Troubles turned Northern Ireland into a ghost factory: as the manufacturing industry withered, the death business boomed. In trying to come to terms with his father’s sudden death, and the attack on his harmless best friend Titch, Jacky is forced to face the bullies who still menace a city scarred by c... read more

A powerful debut set in Belfast and London in the latter years of the twentieth century. The Troubles turned Northern Ireland into a ghost factory: as the manufacturing industry withered, the death business boomed. In trying to come to terms with his father’s sudden death, and the attack on his harmless best friend Titch, Jacky is forced to face the bullies who still menace a city scarred by c... read more

Now is the Time

Melvyn Bragg

In this gripping novel, Melvyn Bragg brings an extraordinary episode in English history to fresh, urgent life.At the end of May 1381, the fourteen-year-old King of England had reason to be fearful: the plague had returned, the royal coffers were empty and a draconian poll tax was being widely evaded. Yet Richard, bolstered by his powerful, admired mother, felt secure in his God-given right to ... read more

In this gripping novel, Melvyn Bragg brings an extraordinary episode in English history to fresh, urgent life.At the end of May 1381, the fourteen-year-old King of England had reason to be fearful: the plague had returned, the royal coffers were empty and a draconian poll tax was being widely evaded. Yet Richard, bolstered by his powerful, admired mother, felt secure in his God-given right to ... read more

Breakfast in Bogota

Helen Young

Bogotá, 1947. British architect Luke Vosey has left his past behind to undertake a commission for Anglo-Colombian Oil in South America. For Luke, this new venture seems to offer the chance to start again. But grieving and ashamed of his role in the war, he cannot run from the past or from his nightmares.Luke finds distraction with the whores of Las Cruces and in the friendship of a young newsp... read more

Bogotá, 1947. British architect Luke Vosey has left his past behind to undertake a commission for Anglo-Colombian Oil in South America. For Luke, this new venture seems to offer the chance to start again. But grieving and ashamed of his role in the war, he cannot run from the past or from his nightmares.Luke finds distraction with the whores of Las Cruces and in the friendship of a young newsp... read more

Laura Cassidy's Walk of Fame

Alan McMonagle

'A cracker' Patrick McCabe'An irresistible comedy' Luke KennardLaura Cassidy is going all the way. Hollywood. Starry lights. The Walk of Fame. It’s her destiny. At least, that’s what her movie-obsessed father used to tell her. That was always the plan.Sure, it’s been a bit slow-going, but the stars have finally aligned. The long-awaited new theatre is about to open, and their first production ... read more

'A cracker' Patrick McCabe'An irresistible comedy' Luke KennardLaura Cassidy is going all the way. Hollywood. Starry lights. The Walk of Fame. It’s her destiny. At least, that’s what her movie-obsessed father used to tell her. That was always the plan.Sure, it’s been a bit slow-going, but the stars have finally aligned. The long-awaited new theatre is about to open, and their first production ... read more

The Ice

Laline Paull

An electrifying story of friendship, power and betrayal by the bestselling, Baileys-prize shortlisted author of The Bees. ‘A memorable eco-thriller. This is a world of arms dealers, heroic arctic adventurers and power crazed captains of industry. And that’s just the ladies’ The Times A frozen corpse emerges from a melting glacier and after three years of uncertainty, Sean Cawson can finally pu... read more

An electrifying story of friendship, power and betrayal by the bestselling, Baileys-prize shortlisted author of The Bees. ‘A memorable eco-thriller. This is a world of arms dealers, heroic arctic adventurers and power crazed captains of industry. And that’s just the ladies’ The Times A frozen corpse emerges from a melting glacier and after three years of uncertainty, Sean Cawson can finally pu... read more

Essex Poison

Ian Sansom

‘Beautifully crafted by Sansom, Professor Morley promises to become a little gem of English crime writing; sample him now’ Daily Mail October 1937. Swanton Morley, the People’s Professor, sets off to Essex to continue his history of England, The County Guides. Morley’s daughter Miriam continues to cause chaos and his assistant Stephen Sefton continues to slide deeper into depression and despai... read more

‘Beautifully crafted by Sansom, Professor Morley promises to become a little gem of English crime writing; sample him now’ Daily Mail October 1937. Swanton Morley, the People’s Professor, sets off to Essex to continue his history of England, The County Guides. Morley’s daughter Miriam continues to cause chaos and his assistant Stephen Sefton continues to slide deeper into depression and despai... read more

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Isabelle Boutin
I had a really nice experience working with Lottie. My book was a translation from a French book and had lots of errors which Lottie was able to correct. She made suggestions which helped make the story and phrasing stronger. Turn around was faster than expected and I have been able to publish my book before I expected. It will be a pleasure to work with her again.

Isabelle Boutin, August 2020

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