Melanie Scott

Melanie Scott - Editor Tick

Burgess Hill, UK

I am an eagle-eyed and creative editor, writer and proofreader with experience of clients ranging from multinationals to individual authors.

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I have worked in the publishing industry for many years as an editor, writer and proofreader of both fiction and non-fiction. I have a keen eye for detail, not only for the basics of spelling and punctuation, but also the nuts and bolts of a story or piece of writing – I will make sure that what your characters are doing and saying is believable and in keeping with the rest of your work. My aim is to clean out any errors that might jolt your readers out of the journey you want them to take with you, whether that be a missed apostrophe or getting a name wrong.

I am used to working with prestigious publishing houses like Dorling Kindersley as well as individual authors, and with top brands like Marvel and DC Comics. I can work in both British and US English comfortably. I am communicative and prompt, and available for advice and queries even after the edit is finished.

Whether the client is a multinational corporation or someone writing their first book on their dining-room table, my objective is always the same – make their words the best that they can be before they go out into the world.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Comics (non fiction)

Work experience

Freelance editor, writer and proofreader

Self-employed
August, 2010 – Present (almost 9 years)

I have been a freelance editor, writer and proofreader since 2010. In that time I have become an official writer for Dorling Kindersley's Marvel and DC Comics publications, and have also provided proofreading services for the same department. I have also been copyeditor for a wide variety of magazines, including soccer magazine FourFourTwo, Chat, Take a Break, The Marvel Movie Collection, and the DC Chess Collection.

For two years I was the editor of a daily newsletter for business software multinational SAP. This involved gathering news stories about the company from around the world, and rendering them all into good English that could be read by a global audience.

I have also proofread modern fiction novels.

Editor

Fresh Flame Publishing
July, 2008 – August, 2010 (about 2 years)

As an editor at a company that provided packaging services for various publishers, my most important project was World War II Eyewitness Experience. This was a high-quality magazine produced for prestigious UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph. My responsibilities included commissioning expert writers and consultants, fact-checking, proofreading, and also researching and writing one section of the magazine.

Creative Developer

Hothouse Fiction
February, 2006 – April, 2009 (about 3 years)

I was involved from the launch stage with Hothouse, a developer of fiction series for children. New ideas were brainstormed before being developed into concepts and taken to market research, with the aim of selling them to major publishers.

Editor

Planet Three Publishing
September, 2001 – July, 2008 (almost 7 years)

I worked on many projects, diverse in both subject and format, during my time at Planet Three. I was the editor of The Catherine Cookson Collection for the entirety of its 100-issue run. I proofread 100 new editions of Cookson's work, as well as originating and commissioning feature ideas for the accompanying magazine. I edited and proofread the magazine before it went to print.

Ultimate Marvel: Includes two exclusive prints

DK

This definitive in-world guide to the Marvel Comics Universe features, in chronological order, every significant Marvel Comic character, location, vehicle, and weapon in the company's illustrious history.Go on a fact- and fun-filled journey via the first major Marvel heroes, villains, cowboy stars, and comic characters of the 1940s and 1950s to the iconic, timeless Super Heroes and Super Villa... read more

This definitive in-world guide to the Marvel Comics Universe features, in chronological order, every significant Marvel Comic character, location, vehicle, and weapon in the company's illustrious history.Go on a fact- and fun-filled journey via the first major Marvel heroes, villains, cowboy stars, and comic characters of the 1940s and 1950s to the iconic, timeless Super Heroes and Super Villa... read more

DC Comics Absolutely Everything You Need To Know (Dk Dc Comics)

Liz Marsham, Melanie Scott, Landry Walker, Stephen Wiacek, DK

Marvel Black Panther The Ultimate Guide

Stephen Wiacek

Find out everything you need to know about the heroic King of Wakanda, Black Panther. DK's Marvel Black Panther: The Ultimate Guide explores the fascinating world of the warrior, monarch, scientist and superhero known as Black Panther. This comprehensive book showcases stunning Black Panther comic artwork and examines iconic characters, from T'Challa and Storm to Ulysses Klaw, as well as key i... read more

Find out everything you need to know about the heroic King of Wakanda, Black Panther. DK's Marvel Black Panther: The Ultimate Guide explores the fascinating world of the warrior, monarch, scientist and superhero known as Black Panther. This comprehensive book showcases stunning Black Panther comic artwork and examines iconic characters, from T'Challa and Storm to Ulysses Klaw, as well as key i... read more

Zombie 18

Alan Cowsill

In a post-apocalypse world where everyone over eighteen has become a zombie, seventeen-year-old Alex Stevens and his friends fight their way across England to save Alex’s kid sister from certain death. But the dead are not the only threat they face in a world plunged into chaos…

In a post-apocalypse world where everyone over eighteen has become a zombie, seventeen-year-old Alex Stevens and his friends fight their way across England to save Alex’s kid sister from certain death. But the dead are not the only threat they face in a world plunged into chaos…

Punch Drunk Kisses

Alan Cowsill

Sex, football, beer and kebabs – Billy Cade is happy, or so he believes. But when single mum Becky Swan arrives on the scene Billy is forced to ask the ultimate question – is it true love or just another hangover?“They say it’s grim up north but it’s not – especially if you drink enough.” Billy Cade. This Northern lovestory from award winning writer and editor Alan Cowsill, follows two friends... read more

Sex, football, beer and kebabs – Billy Cade is happy, or so he believes. But when single mum Becky Swan arrives on the scene Billy is forced to ask the ultimate question – is it true love or just another hangover?“They say it’s grim up north but it’s not – especially if you drink enough.” Billy Cade. This Northern lovestory from award winning writer and editor Alan Cowsill, follows two friends... read more

WWE RAW The First 25 Years

Dean Miller, Jake Black, Jonathan Hill

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Emmanuel Isang
Hi Melanie Thanks a million for your work on my write -up.. Before I found you on Reedsy, I was searching for a Nigerian editor because I was not sure a none Nigerian would be able to relate with what I was trying to get across. Am therefore very content that you worked so very hard and corrected a lot of my short comings. Thank you very much. Emmanuel

Emmanuel Isang, May 2019

Melanie Scott
Thank you Emmanuel - really glad I could be of help. Also thank you for teaching me a lot about Nigerian politics!

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Taylor Erickson
Melanie was amazing, she was very professional, easy to communicate with and provided excellent editing services. I would highly recommend her and will be requesting her expertise again! Thank You!

Taylor Erickson, April 2019

Melanie Scott
Thanks Taylor - it was a pleasure working with you!

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Kinga Szumska
All positive and very supportive in regards to responding to my questions/clarifying things. I'd recommend/work with Melanie again.

Kinga Szumska, April 2019

Melanie Scott
Thank you, Kinga! Good luck with everything, and I'd love to work with you again if you write anything else!

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Cynthia Miller
Melanie Scott took my book from being just okay to great! I had it already published and edited by another company and thought it was good. I heard back from my audience and they all consistently told me that I had a great story but the poor grammar was distracting. I was crushed! So when I made the decision to get it republished and find my own editor I was really anxious. However, once I saw ...
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Cynthia Miller, March 2019

Melanie Scott
Thank you for the lovely review Cynthia! It was a pleasure to be able to help you out with your book. All the very best of luck with it - it's a wonderful achievement on your part!

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Lynda Goodier
Melanie, is a true professional, extremely helpful, and did a wonderful job. Many thanks. Lynda x

Lynda Goodier, February 2019

Melanie Scott
Thank you Lynda - it’s been lovely working with you. All the very best of luck with your book!

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