Lusana Taylor-Khan

Lusana Taylor-Khan – Editor

Versatile, experienced UK-based editor. Diverse repertoire but specialise in contemporary romance and non-fiction humanities titles.

Overview

I'm a versatile editor with 11+ years’ experience in mass-market fiction (mainly romance, women's fiction and crime)—and I'm available for all kinds of publishing projects.


I have worked as an in-house editor for an independent British romance fiction publisher for over a decade, and have also been a freelance editor for eight years, working with major publishing houses and individual authors across genres as varied as mass-market fiction, academic sourcebooks and trade non-fiction.


I have a diverse set of editorial skills, from development editing through to copy editing and proofreading, and am able to turn my hand to most editorial projects—from romantic thrillers to 500-page tomes on medieval history. I have worked on nearly 100 fiction titles in a range of genres in developmental, line, copy editing and proofreading capacities, and have worked on over 60 academic titles in copy editing and proofreading capacities. A handful of the fiction books I have edited have been nominated for (and won) UK awards.


My aim is to work alongside you to make your book the best it can be, and I believe good communication from the beginning of the editorial process is a key factor in making sure this happens. I am outstanding at replying to messages (if I do say so myself!) and am always happy to offer prompt updates on progress. I have an eye for detail and prioritise consistency and accuracy due to my years editing academic texts: a process that often requires stringent fact-checking as well as standard editorial checks. I will assess a project when I first receive it and give an honest estimate of timeline, but I will do all I can to accommodate an author's own schedule or deadline.

Services
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Contemporary Romance Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Romantic Comedy Thriller & Suspense
Non-Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • Copy Editing Skills, The Publishing Training Centre
  • Publishing MA, UCL, PASS (2011/12)
  • English Literature and Creative Writing BA, Royal Holloway, FIRST CLASS HONOURS (2010)

Work experience

Choc Lit - an independent, award-winning British romance publisher

Jul, 2012 — Jun, 2023 (almost 11 years)

Responsibilities included: development editing, line editing and copy editing for new books, proofreading, writing blurb copy, and author care and communications during editorial processes.

Taylor & Francis/Routledge

Jan, 2016 — Present

Responsibilities include: copy editing and proofreading academic texts on everything from medieval history to film-making (sometimes for authors who have English as a second language), liaising with authors regarding edits, preparing raw manuscripts for typesetting and also checking figures/tables.

The F-Word

Mar, 2015 — Jan, 2022 (almost 7 years)

I carried out voluntary work for UK feminist website The F-Word from 2015 to 2021. I began there as a regular content editor and was in charge of updating the events page and posting “weekly round-ups” of important feminism-related news and views. I then progressed to become non-fiction books editor and commissioned and edited book reviews. I subsequently completed a year-long stint as rotating editor and had the responsibility of ensuring the whole site retained a certain editorial standard, both in regards to consistency of style and suitability of content.

Lusana has 3 reviews

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Katherine J.

Katherine J.

Aug, 2022

I have worked with Lusana a couple of times and have been more than satisfied. She understands exactly what I need and goes above and beyond what I asked for, and well within the timescales agreed. I highly recommend her editing services. Thank you again Lusana, for your great work.
Lusana T.
Thank you for your kind review, Katherine. I have really enjoyed working on your projects with you! Hopefully can work with you again in the future :)
Lois H.

Lois H.

Feb, 2022

Lusana is a top-notch editor with an eagle eye. She was pleasant to work with and highly professional. She caught many errors in an already edited manuscript. I feel lucky to have found her and I would highly recommend her. And I will definitely use her services again.
Lusana T.
Absolutely thrilled you were so happy with your edit, Lois. I hope to work with you again soon :)
Vy T.

Vy T.

May, 2021

Lusana was professional from the start of the project to the end and her communication is great. I never have to wait long to hear from her and she got edits to me on time, with detailed editing that I felt had improved my manuscript by 100. Thank you for this, and I would recommend her for any editing projects!
Lusana T.
Thank you so much, Vy. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project with you and am so pleased you were happy with the edits 🙂

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