Louise Harnby

Louise Harnby - Editor Tick

Norwich, Norfolk, UK

I specialize in copyediting and proofreading crime fiction, thrillers, mysteries and suspense.

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I specialize in copyediting and proofreading crime fiction, thrillers, mysteries and suspense.

​Edit with elegance. Honour the voice. Respect the journey. Those are my promises, so when we work together you'll receive a personalized service that's tailored just for you.

I work with independent and self-publishing authors to bring clarity and consistency to their books. I’ll help tighten and smooth your novel at sentence level while implementing standard grammar, punctuation and spelling. All the while, I'll respect your voice, the world you've built and the characters who live within it.

I have over 25 years of professional publishing experience. I worked for two major international publishing houses before turning freelance in 2006. Since then, I've completed over 500 proofreading and copyediting projects – from fiction and commercial non-fiction books to texts in the social sciences and humanities.

​I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). ​I trained as a proofreader with the Publishing Training Centre and qualified with distinction.

I welcome the opportunity to work with beginning, developing and mature writers.

My publisher clients include: Ashby-BP Publishing ● Ashgate ● Chicken House ● Constable & Robinson/Little, Brown ● Edward Elgar ● Kogan Page ● Out of House Publishing (for Cambridge University Press, Manchester University Press and Taylor & Francis) ● Polity Press ● Pan Macmillan ● Quid Publishing ● SAGE Publications ● Salt Publishing ● Yale University Press ● Zed Books.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Horror
Science Fiction
Short Story
Thriller
Urban Fantasy

Certifications

  • Publishing Training Centre: Basic Proofreading

Awards

  • Distinction

Work experience

Founder

Self-employed
January, 2006 – Present (over 12 years)

Senior Journals Marketing Manager

SAGE Publications
January, 1993 – January, 2005 (about 12 years)

Managing the international marketing of SAGE's extensive list of social science journals, with a particular focus on those in the fields of politics, international relations, security studies, philosophy, economics, and industrial relations.

Promotions Manager

Williams & Wilkins Publishing
January, 1990 – January, 1993 (about 3 years)

Managing the European marketing of Williams & Wilkins' STM books and journals.

Portfolio (28 selected works)

The Rats

James Herbert

Out of the sewers and streets comes the biggest threat London has ever faced—rats, hungry for human flesh—in this 40th anniversary edition of the classic bestseller with a foreword from Neil Gaiman, rat-bitten (die-cut) cover, and black-edged pagesIt was only when the bones of the first devoured victims were discovered that the true nature and power of these swarming black creatures with their... read more

Out of the sewers and streets comes the biggest threat London has ever faced—rats, hungry for human flesh—in this 40th anniversary edition of the classic bestseller with a foreword from Neil Gaiman, rat-bitten (die-cut) cover, and black-edged pagesIt was only when the bones of the first devoured victims were discovered that the true nature and power of these swarming black creatures with their... read more

Cool Hand Luke

Donn Pearce

Written using Donn Pearce's own experiences of working on a Florida chain gang, Cool Hand Luke is the classic tale of a quiet hero who refused to conform. Forced into a chain gang after a controversial career in the army, Lucas Jackson's outsized feats range from bizarre acts of gluttony and gambling - betting a fellow inmate he can eat 50 eggs - to harrowing escape attempts. Luke's acts of de... read more

Written using Donn Pearce's own experiences of working on a Florida chain gang, Cool Hand Luke is the classic tale of a quiet hero who refused to conform. Forced into a chain gang after a controversial career in the army, Lucas Jackson's outsized feats range from bizarre acts of gluttony and gambling - betting a fellow inmate he can eat 50 eggs - to harrowing escape attempts. Luke's acts of de... read more

Dot, Dash

Jonathan Pinnock

Prepare to enter a world where nothing is ever quite what it seems, where elephants squat in living rooms, plastic ducks fall from the skies and even the rabbits can't be trusted. The fifty-eight stories in Jonathan Pinnock's Scott Prize-winning collection Dot Dash show a vivid yet disciplined imagination at work. These stories, many of which have individually won prizes, are populated by a ri... read more

Prepare to enter a world where nothing is ever quite what it seems, where elephants squat in living rooms, plastic ducks fall from the skies and even the rabbits can't be trusted. The fifty-eight stories in Jonathan Pinnock's Scott Prize-winning collection Dot Dash show a vivid yet disciplined imagination at work. These stories, many of which have individually won prizes, are populated by a ri... read more

Little Green Men

Christopher Buckley

Washington TV host John O. Banion is arguably the most powerful man in Washington. He has it all: wealth, political influence, and the power to mock the president on live television. But his privileged life is thrown into upheaval when he is abducted by aliens - twice. Little does he know it was the work of a top secret government agency which aims to increase extraterrestrial belief through c... read more

Washington TV host John O. Banion is arguably the most powerful man in Washington. He has it all: wealth, political influence, and the power to mock the president on live television. But his privileged life is thrown into upheaval when he is abducted by aliens - twice. Little does he know it was the work of a top secret government agency which aims to increase extraterrestrial belief through c... read more

Guns of the Dawn

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Denland and Lascanne have been allies for generations, but now the Denlanders have assassinated their king, overthrown the monarchy and marched on their northern neighbour. At the border, the war rages, Lascanne's brave redcoats against the revolutionaries of Denland. Emily Marshwic has watched the war take her brother-in-law and now her young brother. Then comes the call for more soldiers, to... read more

Denland and Lascanne have been allies for generations, but now the Denlanders have assassinated their king, overthrown the monarchy and marched on their northern neighbour. At the border, the war rages, Lascanne's brave redcoats against the revolutionaries of Denland. Emily Marshwic has watched the war take her brother-in-law and now her young brother. Then comes the call for more soldiers, to... read more

Meet Me at the Pier Head

Ruth Hamilton

To save a child, they would sacrifice everything . . . Comfortably settled into his expatriate life in post-war Britain, Headmaster Theodore's secrets are set to remain deeply buried. Until she breezes in. Tia Bellamy: vivacious, intriguing, a nuisance. Tia cuts through his reserve and, for the first time in years, Theodore finds himself able to confront his past and reveal the events carved i... read more

To save a child, they would sacrifice everything . . . Comfortably settled into his expatriate life in post-war Britain, Headmaster Theodore's secrets are set to remain deeply buried. Until she breezes in. Tia Bellamy: vivacious, intriguing, a nuisance. Tia cuts through his reserve and, for the first time in years, Theodore finds himself able to confront his past and reveal the events carved i... read more

Killman

Graeme Kent

Sister Conchita, the young nun with a flair for detection, is immersed in another Solomon Islands investigation when an islander who claims to be a reincarnation of Noah is drowned outside his ark. To make matters worse, Conchita suspects that the murderer might be a Japanese soldier, still prowling the jungle fifteen years after the end of World War II. Once again she enlists the aid of her f... read more

Sister Conchita, the young nun with a flair for detection, is immersed in another Solomon Islands investigation when an islander who claims to be a reincarnation of Noah is drowned outside his ark. To make matters worse, Conchita suspects that the murderer might be a Japanese soldier, still prowling the jungle fifteen years after the end of World War II. Once again she enlists the aid of her f... read more

Stepford Wives

Ira Levin

The women of Stepford are not all that they seem...All the beautiful people live in idyllic Stepford, Connecticut, an affluent, suburban Eden populated with successful, satisfied hubbies and beautiful, dutiful wives. For Joanna Eberhart, newly arrived with her husband and two children, it all seems too good to be true - from the sweet Welcome Wagon lady to all those cheerful, friendly faces in... read more

The women of Stepford are not all that they seem...All the beautiful people live in idyllic Stepford, Connecticut, an affluent, suburban Eden populated with successful, satisfied hubbies and beautiful, dutiful wives. For Joanna Eberhart, newly arrived with her husband and two children, it all seems too good to be true - from the sweet Welcome Wagon lady to all those cheerful, friendly faces in... read more

666 Park Avenue

Gabriella Pierce

Illicit Lover

Hedone

“ I'd like to have three men at once, one for each orifice, with each of them taking turns fisting me. I can only imagine the physical and mental pleasure that would come from being so …”It’s her addiction; her approved “meets.” Conditional approved. In one of her midnight online escapades she meets a somewhat “mysterious eloquently gifted in words lover” who promises to fulfill all her desire... read more

“ I'd like to have three men at once, one for each orifice, with each of them taking turns fisting me. I can only imagine the physical and mental pleasure that would come from being so …”It’s her addiction; her approved “meets.” Conditional approved. In one of her midnight online escapades she meets a somewhat “mysterious eloquently gifted in words lover” who promises to fulfill all her desire... read more

The Fourth Crow (Gil Cunningham)

Pat McIntosh

The crows are gathering above Glasgow, watching the movements of the clergy and townspeople alike...Tied to St Mungo's Cross by the cathedral to be cured of her madness overnight by the saint, the young woman is found in the morning beaten and strangled, still tied to the cross. But is she who she seems to be? And who would flout the saint's protection like this? Gil Cunningham must trace the ... read more

The crows are gathering above Glasgow, watching the movements of the clergy and townspeople alike...Tied to St Mungo's Cross by the cathedral to be cured of her madness overnight by the saint, the young woman is found in the morning beaten and strangled, still tied to the cross. But is she who she seems to be? And who would flout the saint's protection like this? Gil Cunningham must trace the ... read more

Clara's Daughter

Meike Ziervogel

Michele is a successful business woman with a troubled private life. She has a high-powered job, a family, a husband, yet she is defined by a term of possession: she is 'Clara's daughter'. Nameless. When Michele moves her mother into the basement, her husband slams the door and disappears into the night. Michele increasingly hides away upstairs, as Clara weaves her conspiracies beneath. Clara'... read more

Michele is a successful business woman with a troubled private life. She has a high-powered job, a family, a husband, yet she is defined by a term of possession: she is 'Clara's daughter'. Nameless. When Michele moves her mother into the basement, her husband slams the door and disappears into the night. Michele increasingly hides away upstairs, as Clara weaves her conspiracies beneath. Clara'... read more

Beyond Duty: Life on the Frontline in Iraq

Shannon Meehan

Under the blazing Iraqi sun in the summer of 2007, Shannon Meehan, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, ordered a strike that would take the lives of innocent Iraqi civilians. He thought he was doing the right thing. He thought he was protecting his men. He thought that he would only kill the enemy, but in the ruins of the strike, he discovers his mistake and uncovers a tragedy. For most of his depl... read more

Under the blazing Iraqi sun in the summer of 2007, Shannon Meehan, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, ordered a strike that would take the lives of innocent Iraqi civilians. He thought he was doing the right thing. He thought he was protecting his men. He thought that he would only kill the enemy, but in the ruins of the strike, he discovers his mistake and uncovers a tragedy. For most of his depl... read more

Burnt Island

Alice Thompson

For disillusioned author Max Long, the offer of a writing-fellowship on the mysterious-sounding 'Burnt Island' is a godsend. Max is determined that, inspired by his tenure on this windswept outpost, he will produce every writer's dream - the bestseller. And this time, he plans to subvert his usual genre and write a horror story. But upon arrival, Max's fantasies of hermetic island life are ove... read more

For disillusioned author Max Long, the offer of a writing-fellowship on the mysterious-sounding 'Burnt Island' is a godsend. Max is determined that, inspired by his tenure on this windswept outpost, he will produce every writer's dream - the bestseller. And this time, he plans to subvert his usual genre and write a horror story. But upon arrival, Max's fantasies of hermetic island life are ove... read more

Every Night I Dream of Hell

Malcolm Mackay

Nate Colgan: a violent man; 'smart muscle' for the Jamieson organization. Someone to be afraid of. But now, with its most powerful individuals either dead or behind bars, things within the Jamieson organization are beginning to shift. When Nate, long working on the fringes of the business, is reluctantly appointed its new 'security consultant', he can little imagine how things are about to unr... read more

Nate Colgan: a violent man; 'smart muscle' for the Jamieson organization. Someone to be afraid of. But now, with its most powerful individuals either dead or behind bars, things within the Jamieson organization are beginning to shift. When Nate, long working on the fringes of the business, is reluctantly appointed its new 'security consultant', he can little imagine how things are about to unr... read more

A Cold Death in Amsterdam (Lotte Meerman)

Anja de Jager

Set in Amsterdam, the novel introduces Lotte Meerman, a Cold Case detective still recovering from the emotional devastation of her previous investigation. A tip-off leads Lotte to an unresolved ten-year-old murder case in which her father was the lead detective. When she discovers irregularities surrounding the original investigation that make him a suspect, she decides to cover for him. She d... read more

Set in Amsterdam, the novel introduces Lotte Meerman, a Cold Case detective still recovering from the emotional devastation of her previous investigation. A tip-off leads Lotte to an unresolved ten-year-old murder case in which her father was the lead detective. When she discovers irregularities surrounding the original investigation that make him a suspect, she decides to cover for him. She d... read more

Signature (David Wolf Book 9)

Jeff Carson

Chief Detective David Wolf is called to a crime scene next to the Chautauqua River, where a woman resident of Rocky Points has been murdered. The killer has left a well-known signature not seen for years--a severed ear. For Wolf, the gruesome display is a surprise, but so is the FBI beating the local department to the scene.Three days earlier a truck is unearthed from south of Durango, Colorad... read more

Chief Detective David Wolf is called to a crime scene next to the Chautauqua River, where a woman resident of Rocky Points has been murdered. The killer has left a well-known signature not seen for years--a severed ear. For Wolf, the gruesome display is a surprise, but so is the FBI beating the local department to the scene.Three days earlier a truck is unearthed from south of Durango, Colorad... read more

Death Comes First

Hilary Bonner

If you can't trust your family, where do you turn ...Joyce Mildmay's life is torn apart when her husband Charlie is killed in a tragic yachting accident. Though financially secure, Joyce is left to raise their three children by herself within Tarrant Park, a secluded gated development set in the rural countryside outside of Bristol. Six months later a mysterious letter arrives on her doorstep ... read more

If you can't trust your family, where do you turn ...Joyce Mildmay's life is torn apart when her husband Charlie is killed in a tragic yachting accident. Though financially secure, Joyce is left to raise their three children by herself within Tarrant Park, a secluded gated development set in the rural countryside outside of Bristol. Six months later a mysterious letter arrives on her doorstep ... read more

Life Deluxe (Stockholm Noir Trilogy 3)

Jens Lapidus

Life deluxe

Life deluxe

Death at the Jesus Hospital (Lord Francis Powerscourt)

David Dickinson

The first man murdered was Abel Meredith, a resident at the Jesus Hospital Almshouse near London.The second victim, Roderick Gill, was burser at the Allison's school in Norfolk. Victim number three, Sir Rufus Walcott, was slain in his own hall by the Thames. All had their throats cut.And all had strange markings on their chests, carved there by the murderer but which neither doctor nor coroner... read more

The first man murdered was Abel Meredith, a resident at the Jesus Hospital Almshouse near London.The second victim, Roderick Gill, was burser at the Allison's school in Norfolk. Victim number three, Sir Rufus Walcott, was slain in his own hall by the Thames. All had their throats cut.And all had strange markings on their chests, carved there by the murderer but which neither doctor nor coroner... read more

Mundane Magic

Rebecca Milton

Gone Bad: A Jon Reznick Thriller (Jon Reznick Series)

J.B. Turner

A fast and furious thriller for fans of Lee Child, Vince Flynn and Brad Thor.When a top militia leader escapes from a maximum security American jail, the FBI calls in ex-Delta operator Jon Reznick to help track him down. The escapee is none other than a psychopathic ex-Delta colleague of Reznick, Hunter Cain, who is now a feared militia leader. It isn’t long before they believe that Cain is pl... read more

A fast and furious thriller for fans of Lee Child, Vince Flynn and Brad Thor.When a top militia leader escapes from a maximum security American jail, the FBI calls in ex-Delta operator Jon Reznick to help track him down. The escapee is none other than a psychopathic ex-Delta colleague of Reznick, Hunter Cain, who is now a feared militia leader. It isn’t long before they believe that Cain is pl... read more

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David Unger

Louise is a true professional. She is eager to be helpful and will be honest in her feedback and point you in a better direction when needed. She will let you know what she does and does not do so you can determine if her skills are what you need. I don't think you will disappointed although there is one thing that may bother you. Because she is so good you will have to wait some months to have...

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