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I'm a qualified and experienced proofreader and copy-editor and have worked on over 50 novels, spanning a wide range of genres, for a publisher who distributes mainly through Amazon. I have worked on manuscripts by well-known authors, such as Johnathan Lynn (of 'Yes Minister' fame). Several authors have requested I work on their sequels. My responsibilities include proofreading, copy-editing and structural editing.
In addition to checking the manuscripts, I contribute to the marketing material, so the blurbs of most of the novels you see in my gallery are written by me.
When I check a text, I'm not just looking to see that the 'nuts and bolts' of it are correct. I want to make sure it's a 'comfortable' read too and have a nose for spotting anything that jars or spoils the flow. This could be a word repetition, an anachronism, a plot detail that doesn't seem right or a sentence that needs rephrasing. I will ensure that your story reads well in good English and that everything, including the plot, agrees and makes sense. I also check basic facts (geographical, historical, etc.). I will negotiate with you as to the level of intervention in your text, making sure your 'voice' is always maintained.
I have my own blog, where I publish articles on a variety of subjects. This not only affords me the opportunity to develop my creativity and practise my own writing skills but also helps me to see things from the writer's point of view.
My proofreading/copy-editing business goes alongside my long-standing career as a piano teacher – another role that requires attention to minute detail and sustained concentration. I have several high-level qualifications in this field and can bring this expertise to my editorial work.
I offer a friendly and professional service at a reasonable cost. I would love to discuss your project with you – please get in touch!
A recent client said:
'You are totally inspiring, and [reference to proposed plot change] was a brilliant suggestion. I think it may surprise you how many of your suggestions I have picked up and expanded on. You have really helped me lift the novel to a level that I know I could not achieve on my own. You spotted things that passed me by every time. I am so grateful to you, Miranda. You were brilliantly forensic.'
This was a novel written by someone for whom English was not their first language. It required a very heavy edit. The author acknowledged me in the book: 'Many thanks to my editor, Miranda Summers-Pritchard, who ensured that the heart of the story came through clearly.'
Endeavour send me a Word version of a manuscript which I proofread, copy-edit and structurally edit. I go through the text at least twice, making changes directly onto the copy and raising queries/making comments via track changes or, if desired, on a separate document. I also write the marketing blurb for each novel.
***An Amazon Bestseller***NATO – once an impregnable fortress of Western military power, now just another victim of cyber-terrorism...Grant Perkins is starting to feel restless. The cosy cottage, the writing career, the ageing mother in Eastbourne – it’s all becoming humdrum, and he misses the thrill-of-the-chase excitement of last year when he and his journalist friend, Francesca, investigate... read more
Vienna, late nineteenth century. Three women are after the acclaimed scientist Alfred Nobel...Ida wants revenge for the death of her lover, who has been killed in an industrial accident at Nobel’s factory. Sophie wants compensation for the abuse she suffered as Nobel’s mistress. Bertie wants Nobel to atone for his lethal invention and spend the profit from his dynamite factories on the advance... read more
When you put the past behind you, but the past won’t leave you behind…Laura and Jack Harrington are the archetypal career couple. Good-looking and hard-working with a great life outside working hours. They live in a trendy flat and look forward to starting a family.But Laura is still haunted by her ‘dark days’ – memories of being bullied by a girl at school. She is finding it hard to conceive ... read more
1950s London: when Constable Joe Bentley of the Thames River Police rescues what he thinks is a naked woman from the freezing waters of the River Thames, nothing is what it seems.For the woman turns out to be an exquisitely modelled tailor’s dummy… stuffed with thousands of pounds’ worth of banknotes. Later, that same morning, the dead body of a man is found further downriver. Superintendent B... read more
‘Fascinating tale of murder and deception set against the political tensions between Mosley’s Blackshirts and working-class Communists in 1930s Leeds. Perfectly captures the atmosphere of a city struggling to shake off the effects of the Great Depression.’ – A.J. Wright, bestselling author of Sitting MurderLeeds, Autumn 1936.During a British Union of Fascists rally, a body is found.War veteran... read more
"Expertly crafted. A must read for fans of Shakespeare and the period." Richard Foreman.Christmas 1598.Will Shakespeare and the Chamberlain’s Men are desperate. Locked in a legal dispute with Giles Allen their landlord, they have been homeless for more than a year. Forbidden to use The Theatre and forced to share stages with their rivals, they are going bankrupt in spite of their popularity at... read more
It’s down to fathers and fatherhood.Ben Bracken, ex-soldier, has just got out of Strangeways.Not by the front door.With him, he has his ‘insurance policy’ – a bag of evidence that will guarantee his freedom, provided he can keep it safe – and he has money, carefully looked after by a friend, Jack Brooker.Rejected by the army, disowned by his father, and any hopes of parenthood long since shatt... read more
‘Jonathan Lynn, already a comedy legend, has reinforced his storied reputation with this coruscating, wrathful, passionate, hilarious and astonishingly timely novel’ – Stephen FrySamaritans Medical Center, Washington DC, can't seem to look after itself and its increasingly desperate doctors, let alone its patients.The chairman of the board, billionaire arms dealer and part-time philanthropist ... read more
"John Stack is to be welcomed into the ranks of first-rate historical writers" - Tuam Herald August 1914. The nations of Europe are at war. The conflict is spread over land and sea, and for the first time in history the fight is taken to the skies above. Private Second-Class Charlie Sexton is part of that air war, but not by choice. Injured on the battlefield after he witnesses the horrifying ... read more
The bodies of two men are found brutally murdered in London’s Hyde Park, one with a broken neck, the other with a crushed larynx. Each was armed with a 9mm Beretta automatic pistol, yet there are no signs of a struggle.As the police investigation gets into full swing, Detective Inspector Nevin Brown of the Royal Ulster Constabulary steps into the frame. Recently arrived in London on a six-mont... read more
The truth hurts…Olivia Clarke decides to make the most of her children being away to finally turn her life around.She’s determined to give up her long-term use of sedatives once and for all.Olivia admits herself to a psychiatric hospital to finally get to the root of her addiction, only to discover that beneath the layers of denial lies a deeper issue.A boyfriend who’s also an addict, a family... read more
Accidents always breed consequences… Frances Hay’s husband is having an affair.She fears that his CIA girlfriend, Kelly, is watching her every move and when she discovers that the lies and deceit go deeper than she thought, tensions start to rise.But is Frances’ husband really the adulterous man she believes him to be? Or has she simply imagined the whole thing?After Frances moves out in a des... read more
July, 1914.Paul Meyer is in a lot of trouble. Following a bungled bank robbery, he spends his days lying low, working in his father's Brooklyn motor garage… terrified of the day someone will spot him and have him hauled away by the cops.And then he gets his golden ticket: War in Europe. Being of German descent, Paul seizes the chance to get away from America and fight for 'the Fatherland'. Who... read more
England, 1455 King Henry VI is proving to be an unstable monarch, prone to bouts of mysterious illness and susceptible to manipulation from others. Richard of York, the most powerful magnate in the land, steps in to manage affairs whilst Henry is unwell. Many people prefer York’s rule, which does not please the queen. The country begins to divide and plots start to hatch.York himself is direct... read more
London 1901.The city is in the grip of 'Monkey Man Mania'.Intrepid explorer, Drake Patterson has caused a media storm following his astonishing discovery of a frozen ancient man in the remote Himalayan mountains. This 'Primal Man' has been triumphantly transported back to England as proof of the 'missing link' in evolutionary theory. The upcoming auction of the specimen causes a stir amongst a... read more
’One of the country's foremost experts on serial killers’ – The ScotsmanIf we fight monsters, do we too become monsters…?Donald Munro has something of a problem on his hands.Just three months after taking over as governor of Greenbank – a unique therapeutic community prison, holding some of Britain’s most dangerous and notorious killers – the place is descending into chaos.An escape, then a su... read more
'anyone, regardless of age, would love this. . . great story and great storytelling' - Book Nerd BlogEngland 1651 The English Civil War is over, but the wounds of the conflict are still raw.Young Lady Katherine Fanshawe is determined to save her inheritance from the grasping hands of the authorities, and build a brighter future for herself.Although Kate knows it is dangerous, she invites her r... read more
How far would you go to save your country…? An SAS intelligence officer has been sent on a deadly undercover mission.His task?To seduce the rich, spoiled daughter of an al-Qaeda leader. The terrorist mastermind is in hiding, whilst his daughter is living the jet-set high life in Cairo.He’s a banking genius behind one of the globe’s most feared terror movements – a hunted fugitive with a hefty ... read more
‘Audacious and spectacular’ -The Times Every single one of us contains landscapes and characters, no matter if they’re real or imaginary, that no one, no partner, no lover, friend or even psychic can ever hope to see… Anna-Maria von Doderer is waiting. Waiting for a therapy patient she hasn’t seen for many years. She has to tell her about her diagnosis all that time ago. That she’d got it all ... read more
Cordoba. 961 AD.A body is found. A university professor has met with a terrifying, painful and violent end. It is the duty of General Ghalib and Brigadier Zaffar to investigate. With the passing of the old caliph, abd al-Rahman and the organisation of the inauguration ceremonies of his son and successor, Hakam II, the two soldiers have more pressing things to do than investigate the seemingly ... read more
The monster isn’t sleeping anymore. And this is the end of the world.We are waking. And the crusade has only just begun.Ben Malton was a regular guy. A lovely home in Yorkshire, married, two children and a job he loved. He had always considered himself fortunate that he had been raised not only by his parents, but also by his aunt and uncle. He had the ideal life.Until his world was ripped apa... read more
“Durward spells out a prophetic vision for the future of Britain – and the world!” – Nigel CawthorneIn the late 1940s, George Orwell took an inspired look at post-war Europe to give us his chilling novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is now time to look into the future again… As it turned out, when 1984 did arrive most people were busy fiddling with Rubik’s cubes or watching Torvill and Dean win go... read more
He was certain that whatever Dreamside might be, the key to controlling the world was hidden there. He badly wanted that key, and before anyone else got to it first. If reality was just a simulation then it was up for grabs...Is this the real life…?Just at the point that Daisy is starting to feel the inertia of her life, she receives an extraordinary job offer: creating scenes for virtual real... read more
'This is madness, my lord. Here we are, riding in the Park, and you are calmly discussing whether it would be advisable to seduce me, your wife. I should also say it does not sound very impulsive.''I do not know about “advisable”, I was thinking more “desirable”. I have the advantage of you, my dear. You have no experience of seduction, and I have a lot.'The Honourable Catherine Elford – Kitty... read more
Each man kills the thing he loves... Edward Marsham is admitted to the Royal Infirmary having hung himself in his prison cell. As predicted, he dies. In the wake of several unexpected deaths at the hospital, however, Dr. Claire Woodforde suspects there is a killer amongst the staff. As Detective Chief Inspector Beverley Wharton and her new sergeant Tom Bayes begin to investigate Marsham's deat... read more
Boone, Texas is a small town. A quiet town. A town that, on a regular day, doesn’t provide Police Chief Clyde Thomas and his hapless deputy, Patrol Officer Billy Ray Barnes, with a great deal to do. But it is not a regular day when the local preacher decides to go on a very unholy mission…… And that makes it to the front page of the local newspaper, and all tongues around the town are set wagg... read more
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I have copyedited and proofread more than five hundred books, adult and children's, nonfiction and fiction, in all genres.
I have worked with houses such as HarperOne, Parragon, and Simon & Schuster. I particularly enjoy editing sci-fi and fantasy (YA+adult).