Lucy Benyon

Lucy Benyon - Editor

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Copy editor, developmental editor, and national health journalist. My specialisms are health, personal development, history, and memoirs.

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Overview

After more than 20 years in journalism, I understand the importance of accuracy, style and making every word count. And as an avid reader as well as an editor, I know how easily poor structure and long, complicated sentences can ruin a potentially good manuscript.

While I try not to make changes for the sake of it, I have a strong radar for waffle, factual inaccuracy, legal issues and chronology.

I also think it's important to approach every book differently - which is why I offer authors a customised style guide to suit the tone and purpose of their manuscripts.

One of my passions is personal development, and I have worked on five incredibly thought-provoking self-help titles. Another specialism is health. As a health journalist (Daily Express, Daily Mail, Telegraph) I have covered just about everything from ADHD to asthma, and I am used to turning complex clinical information into an engaging and accessible read. I have a strong interest in mental health and psychology too.

My other love is history - isn't the past where we find some of the best stories? I currently work with the historical publisher Pen & Sword, and I have edited almost 20 historical manuscripts.

As well as editing, I also offer a ghost-writing service - and I have worked with several clinicians and coaches to write guides and medical publications.

Authors like working with me as I am calm, fastidious and refreshingly low maintenance. One author I have collaborated with on 10 manuscripts, described me in the acknowledgements of her latest book as 'a fierce and fabulous editor'. I'll take that!


Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & Wellbeing
History
Inspirational
Parenting & Families
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Historical Fiction

Certifications

  • NCTJ Certificate in Newspaper Journalism

Work experience

Copy Editor & Ghostwriter

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (about 6 years)

Since working as an editor, I have so far completed the following titles:

Hitler's Nordic Ally by Claes Johansen (2016)
The Disappearance of Maria Glenn by Naomi Clifford (2016)
Life in the Georgian Court by Catherine Curzon (2016)
Kings of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon (2017)
A Fox Crossed My Path by Monica Suswin (2017)
Childhood Death in Victorian England by Sarah Seaton (2017)
Echoes of the Merseyside Blitz by Neil Holmes (2018)
Superfoods by Julie Neville (2018)
Baking without Sugar by Sophie Michell (2018)
Gut Health Probiotics by Jenny Tschiesche (2018)
Scandals of George III's court - Catherine Curzon (2018)
Queens of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon (2019)
Kings of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon (2019)
Gut Yourself Well - ghost-written for a leading practitioner (2019)
Protecting Your Image: Conferences to Village Halls by David Tollafield (2020)
Why Not? How to Thrive in Life through Balance, Purpose and Pleasure by Johnllins (2020)
The Real Coco Chanel by (2020)
Elizabeth I by Laura Brennan (2020)
Life in the Georgian Court by Catherine Curzon (2020)
The Imprisoned Princess by Catherine Curzon (2020)
The Elder Sons of George III by Catherine Curzon (2020)
The Daughters of George III by Catherine Curzon (2020)
Sophia: Mother of Kings by Catherine Curzon (2021)

Freelance journalist & content creator

Herts Editorial
January, 2007 – Present (about 14 years)

Aside from my work as an editor and ghostwriter, I am a national newspaper and magazine journalist, specialising in health, celebrity interviews and real life. I currently contribute to The Daily Mail, The Daily Express & The Telegraph.
I also provide health content for several clinics and medical device companies.

Commissioning Editor

Daily Express
November, 2004 – February, 2007 (over 2 years)

Working on the women's desk of The Daily Express, I was responsible for commissioning articles from freelance journalists; sourcing exclusives myself and editing contributors' copy.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Real Coco Chanel

Sgueglia, Rose

Lucy has 4 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

samantha pillay
Lucy was prompt and able to deliver a turn around of a few days, at short notice. Having her evaluate my writing from a completely different perspective was invaluable. Her input was vital in my journey to develop my own voice and writing style.

samantha pillay, February 2021


Anna Burgess
Lucy was amazing!! She went through every chapter and asked questions and gave fantastic suggestions. She was ahead of the deadline, and if I needed to push back the date she was more than happy to do it. I'm very happy with the outcome of the book. She did an outstanding job. Thank you so much!!!

Anna Burgess, February 2021


Jonathan Ridd
Working with Lucy has been and absolute pleasure and the quality of her work is first class! This is the first book we have written so we had no idea what to expect, and she guided us through the process with clear and effective communication. We really feel that she elevated our book to a more professional level that we are now proud to publish. We would highly recommend working with Lucy. Jo...
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Jonathan Ridd, December 2020


David Tollafield
Lucy was very reliable and stuck to the target dates. Her questions were helpful and her editing of my original text was valuable. The only area I was a little surprised at was the occasional stop left off, duplicate word left in and a few areas that needed more editing in the final proof read. These were all minor points but perhaps more niggly issues than anything. One thing I do compliment ...
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David Tollafield, December 2019

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