Lottie Fyfe

Lottie Fyfe - Editor

Dornoch, UK

Copy-editor and proofreader of fiction, biography and narrative non-fiction, with extensive in-house experience and fluent German.

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About me:

I'm a confident, personable copy-editor and proofreader, and would be delighted to help with either of these stages of your book project. I love working with authors to fine-tune a manuscript, or ensure your proofs are as perfect as they can possibly 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 fiction, narrative non-fiction, natural history and memoir, but am 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.


Why choose me?

I have 5+ years’ experience, both freelance and at global trade publishing houses including Penguin Random House, Hachette and HarperCollins, and have edited a wide range of commercial and literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, biography, history and illustrated titles. I've worked with authors of all levels of experience, from first-timers to high-profile award-winners, so no matter what stage of the process you're at, you'll be in safe hands. (To drop some names, some of the authors I've had the pleasure of working with include David Mitchell, Melvyn Bragg, Simon Callow, Jon McGregor, Luke Kennard, Lucy Wood, Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené, Helena Morrissey, Laline Paull, Ben Fogle, Nigel Slater and Cathy Newman.) I also have formal training in both copy-editing and proofreading from the industry-standard Publishing Training Centre in London.

Below is a quick overview of the services I offer, but feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Copy-editing:
A fine-tooth-combed reading of your manuscript to pick up on errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and style, narrative inconsistencies, residual structural issues, repetition or any awkward phrasing. The idea is not to interfere with your voice or style, but to perfect and enhance it. Usually done onscreen using word processing software.

Proofreading:
A thorough read of your typeset page proofs for typesetting errors, design issues and any leftover imperfections. I can work onscreen or on hard copy – whichever you prefer.

Other services:
I also have extensive in-house experience of writing and editing book blurb copy and web copy, and am happy to offer these services on request. In addition, I have fluent German and am available for German to English sample translation, German reader reports, and working with German-speaking authors on translated projects.


Praise:

"Lottie was the copy-editor 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
Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Inspirational
Fiction
Dystopian
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
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 (almost 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 (15 selected works)

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 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

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

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

The Diabolical Club

Stevyn Colgan

Strange things are going on in Black Dog Wood...A blindfolded skeleton has been unearthed, there have been sightings of some kind of monster, and rumours abound of naughty goings-on at night. And then the local MP, Sir Giles Luscott-Whorne, is accused of murder.Giles’s best chance to prove his innocence lies with retired police detective Frank Shunter. Can he discover whodunit? And what connec... read more

Strange things are going on in Black Dog Wood...A blindfolded skeleton has been unearthed, there have been sightings of some kind of monster, and rumours abound of naughty goings-on at night. And then the local MP, Sir Giles Luscott-Whorne, is accused of murder.Giles’s best chance to prove his innocence lies with retired police detective Frank Shunter. Can he discover whodunit? And what connec... read more

The Transition

Luke Kennard

Black Mirror meets David Nicholls in this dark and funny novel about love in dystopian times LONGLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE FOR FICTION Karl has let his debts get wildly out of control and, in desperation, has sort of semi-accidentally committed credit-card fraud. Now he could have to go to prison, so when he and his wife Genevieve are instead offered a place on a mysterious self-imp... read more

Black Mirror meets David Nicholls in this dark and funny novel about love in dystopian times LONGLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE FOR FICTION Karl has let his debts get wildly out of control and, in desperation, has sort of semi-accidentally committed credit-card fraud. Now he could have to go to prison, so when he and his wife Genevieve are instead offered a place on a mysterious self-imp... 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

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

Jog On: How Running Saved My Life

Bella Mackie

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ‘Bella’s brilliant love letter to running turns into an extraordinarily brave and frank account of her battle with anxiety. A compassionate and important book’ Joe Lycett ‘Perfect for resetting a glum January mindset’ Alexandra Heminsley ‘My kind of role model’ Ben Fogle Divorced and struggling with deep-rooted mental health problems, Bella Mackie ended her twenties... read more

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ‘Bella’s brilliant love letter to running turns into an extraordinarily brave and frank account of her battle with anxiety. A compassionate and important book’ Joe Lycett ‘Perfect for resetting a glum January mindset’ Alexandra Heminsley ‘My kind of role model’ Ben Fogle Divorced and struggling with deep-rooted mental health problems, Bella Mackie ended her twenties... 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

Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible

Yomi Adegoke, Elizabeth Uviebinené

The long-awaited, inspirational guide to life for a generation of black British women inspired to make lemonade out of lemons, and find success in every area of their lives. ‘This book is a gift for anyone who wants to better understand what Black women and girls are up against – and the tremendous resources they draw upon as they make their way in the world’ Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook a... read more

The long-awaited, inspirational guide to life for a generation of black British women inspired to make lemonade out of lemons, and find success in every area of their lives. ‘This book is a gift for anyone who wants to better understand what Black women and girls are up against – and the tremendous resources they draw upon as they make their way in the world’ Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook a... read more

The Duchess: The Untold Story – the explosive biography, as seen in the Daily Mail

Penny Junor

THE #2 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ‘The last untold account of the biggest crisis to hit the royals since the abdication ... Explosive biography by Britain’s top royal author ... A gripping story of human frailty, love, loss, sadness, and tragedy’ Daily Mail The relationship between Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is one of the most remarkable love stories of the age. It... read more

THE #2 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ‘The last untold account of the biggest crisis to hit the royals since the abdication ... Explosive biography by Britain’s top royal author ... A gripping story of human frailty, love, loss, sadness, and tragedy’ Daily Mail The relationship between Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is one of the most remarkable love stories of the age. It... read more

A Good Time to be a Girl: Don’t Lean In, Change the System

Helena Morrissey

From the founder of the worldwide 30% Club campaign comes a career book for women in a transforming world who don't just want to lean in, but instead, shatter the paradigm as we know it. ‘I absolutely love her, I think she’s such a force for good’ Pandora Sykes, The High Low In A Good Time to be a Girl, Helena Morrissey sets out how we might achieve the next big breakthrough towards a truly in... read more

From the founder of the worldwide 30% Club campaign comes a career book for women in a transforming world who don't just want to lean in, but instead, shatter the paradigm as we know it. ‘I absolutely love her, I think she’s such a force for good’ Pandora Sykes, The High Low In A Good Time to be a Girl, Helena Morrissey sets out how we might achieve the next big breakthrough towards a truly in... read more

Lara: The Untold Love Story That Inspired Doctor Zhivago

Anna Pasternak

‘Riveting, tragic tale’ New Yorker ‘Anna Pasternak has produced an irresistible account of joy, suffering and passion’ Financial Times The heartbreaking story of the passionate love affair between Boris Pasternak and Olga Ivinskaya – the tragic true story that inspired Doctor Zhivago. ‘Doctor Zhivago’ has sold in its millions yet the true love story that inspired it has never been fully explor... read more

‘Riveting, tragic tale’ New Yorker ‘Anna Pasternak has produced an irresistible account of joy, suffering and passion’ Financial Times The heartbreaking story of the passionate love affair between Boris Pasternak and Olga Ivinskaya – the tragic true story that inspired Doctor Zhivago. ‘Doctor Zhivago’ has sold in its millions yet the true love story that inspired it has never been fully explor... read more

The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers

Adam Nicolson

WINNER OF THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2018 WINNER OF THE JEFFERIES AWARD FOR NATURE WRITING 2017 The full story of seabirds from one of the greatest nature writers. The book looks at the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire – beautifully illustrated by Kate Boxer. Seabirds are master navigators, thriving in the most demanding environment on earth... read more

WINNER OF THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2018 WINNER OF THE JEFFERIES AWARD FOR NATURE WRITING 2017 The full story of seabirds from one of the greatest nature writers. The book looks at the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire – beautifully illustrated by Kate Boxer. Seabirds are master navigators, thriving in the most demanding environment on earth... read more

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