I specialize in line editing, 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.
My professional affiliations include:
● Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)
● Author member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)
● Member of The Society for Editing (ACES)
● Member of Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP)
I welcome the opportunity to work with beginner, 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.
Fiction line editing, copyediting, and proofreading for independent authors. Specialist in crime, mystery, thriller and suspense novels. Over 570 books in my portfolio.
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.
Managing the European marketing of Williams & Wilkins' STM books and journals.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“ 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
As the snow melts, a disturbing truth emerges. Colorado mountain detective David Wolf is back in the latest page-turning mystery that will leave your heart pounding and lungs pumping for air. A Rocky Points businessman goes missing, leaving behind an SUV drifted over in snow and a lot of questions for the Sluice-Byron County SD. But the answers are hard to come by, and Chief Detective David Wo... read more
Tackles themes of suicidality, sibling murder, child abuse, morbid self-harm, jealousy, incest, drug addiction, infidelity, illegitimacy, bereavement and a case of grand larceny in the second degree. This title features the confidential case notes of a Community Psychiatric Nurse exploring the multifaceted side effects of psychoactive drugs.
Can the bonds of friendship weather a betrayal? Charlotte and Nicole were once best friends, spending long, idyllic summers together in Nicole's family home on the island of Quinnipeague, but they have since grown apart. After ten years, their writing careers bring them back together - to write a cookbook about island food in their childhood haven. When both women reunite, it becomes clear tha... read more
Knowledge is power, but secrets are more powerful still...secrets have a life of their own and a way of working themselves to centre stage. When Kate Mayfield receives a letter from Mrs Ivanisovic, she realises that the secret she has kept for more than thirty years is not so safe as she imagined. Haunted by the echoes of a vanished summer which changed her life for ever, Kate is forced to con... read more
This Perfect Day
Outnumbered. Outsmarted. Outgunned.Now we're chief suspects in a terror attack we prevented.Well, you won’t believe what's coming next.There’ll be two weeks of hellish spy and assassin training. A heartbreaking memory of Philippe’s. Plus an undercover mission in the world of the rich and super-dangerous. And let's not forget our evil assassin friends at JPAC. Turns out they've got this super-w... read more
25 chilling short stories by outstanding female writers. Women have always written exceptional stories of horror and the supernatural. This anthology aims to showcase the very best of these, from Amelia B. Edwards's 'The Phantom Coach', published in 1864, through past luminaries such as Edith Wharton and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, to modern talents including Muriel Gray, Sarah Pinborough and Lili... read more
Master of the Hunt, the fifteenth Earl of Candlesby, has come to lead his riders once again. But this time he comes as a corpse, wrapped in blankets across his horse, a corner of his scarlet coat visible in the morning mist. Only three people see the body. One dies. Another vanishes. Now only one man knows how he was killed. Powerscourt is summoned to investigate murder in a crumbling house wh... read more
War is becoming increasingly 'SF-ized' with remotely controlled attack drones and robot warriors already in development and being tested. Over the past 100 years the technology of war has advanced enormously in destructive power, yet also in sophistication so that we no longer seem to live under the constant threat of all-out global thermonuclear cataclysm. So what will future wars be like? An... read more
Why Don't You Come for Me? Sometimes Jo still wakes suddenly, thinking she can hear Lauren's cry. Although twelve years have passed since her baby daughter was abducted, photos of the child continue to arrive by post with the words, I Still Have Her, scrawled across the back. The police think it's the work of a hoaxer but Jo has always believed them to be genuine. Full description
As the UK struggles with a hopeless war in the Middle East, the worst recession in a hundred years and a fraud scandal which has rocked the government to its core, the Prime Minister is determined to host an unrivalled summer of sporting achievement at the London Olympics to propel the country into a new era. Joe Moran, MP for Primrose Hill and keen long distance runner and sports fan, is amon... read more
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