Nicky Lovick

Nicky Lovick - Editor

London, United Kingdom

An editor with over twenty years’ industry experience, I work with lots of self-publishing authors, big publishers and small publishers.

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Overview

My passion is story – how to help you make your story the very best it can be. I pride myself on a friendly (but always honest!) approach and hope you'll enjoy the editing process. If you're fairly new to writing, I can help you hone your story-telling skills – you'll find yourself a better writer for it. If you're an experienced writer, you'll know the value of another pair of eyes on a manuscript.

So, no matter what stage your manuscript is at, I can help. If you’ve just finished it (well done!), I can take a look to advise you how much more editorial work is required. If you’ve been through a round or two of rewrites, perhaps a developmental edit is needed? I look at plot, structure, characterisation, narrative pace, sense of place, as well as other aspects. What works, what doesn't and – most importantly – how to fix it. A copy-edit will pick up typos, bad grammar and punctuation and iron out inconsistencies. A proofread will give it that final professional polish – whether you’re going to self-publish or submit via the traditional publishing route.

Whether you hope for this to be the first of many novels or the only one you ever intend to write, you want it to be the very best it can be. For your personal satisfaction – and Amazon reviews last a very long time!

Current publishers: Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Little, Brown, Atlantic, Bonnier, Duckworth, Welbeck, Palazzo and Profile (amongst many more).

I work with indie authors from all over the UK and around the world. CIEP Advanced Professional.

Recent projects:

Hot Desk

Outbreak

The Salt Eaters

A Cosy Christmas At Bridget’s Bicycle Bakery

Daughter of the Sea

Christmas Carols and Cream Teas

Cosy Cottage in Ireland

A Cornish Christmas Murder

The Vanishing Tide


Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literary Fiction
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • CIEP Advanced Professional

Work experience

Managing Editor

Constable & Robinson
June, 2010 – November, 2013 (over 3 years)

Project-editing 60 titles per year from handover of manuscript to production on a wide range of titles
Managing of a department which produced 250 titles a year

Managing Editor, Fiction

Headline Publishing Group
January, 2006 – December, 2009 (almost 4 years)

Structural, line-editing and project-editing titles from handover of manuscript to production on a wide range of authors and titles including Martina Cole, James Patterson, Andrea Levy and Wendy Holden

Editor, Fiction and Non-Fiction

Transworld
January, 2004 – December, 2006 (almost 3 years)

Edited a range of fiction and narrative non-fiction titles
Built and maintained good relationships with authors such as Claudia Carroll, Charlotte Bingham, Patricia Scanlan and Joanne Harris

Freelance book editor

Me, Myself and I
February, 2002 – Present (over 20 years)

Fiction and non-fiction editor, specialising in women's fiction, crime and thrillers. I've been working solidly on a freelance basis for twenty years, alongside in-house editorial work. I've worked on celebrity autobiographies, commercial fiction, narrative and illustrated non-fiction, lifestyle, children's and cookery books. I work for a variety of large and small publishers and lots of self-published authors.

Assistant Editor, Fiction

The Orion Publishing Group
January, 2001 – November, 2004 (almost 4 years)

Ran list comprising of Harlan Coben, Ian Rankin and Roger Jon Ellory, among others, whilst publishing director was on sabbatical
Edited commercial fiction
Wrote blurbs, checked marketing material
Read agented and unsolicited submissions

As Good as It Gets: Life Lessons from a Reluctant Adult

Romesh Ranganathan, Romesh Ranganathan, Penguin Audio

One Night: Unveiled

Jodi Ellen Malpas

Dog About Town: How to Raise a Happy Dog in the City

Louise Glazebrook

A beautifully illustrated handbook on everything you need to know about owning and training a dog. So you’re thinking of bringing home an adorable puppy or dog to share your life with? A furry friend who will spend weekends accompanying you to brunches and lunches; who is just as comfortable on the subway as he is frolicking with children in the park; who is equal parts well-behaved, adorable,... read more

A beautifully illustrated handbook on everything you need to know about owning and training a dog. So you’re thinking of bringing home an adorable puppy or dog to share your life with? A furry friend who will spend weekends accompanying you to brunches and lunches; who is just as comfortable on the subway as he is frolicking with children in the park; who is equal parts well-behaved, adorable,... read more

Brigitte Bardot: The Life, the Legend, the Movies

Ginette Vincendeau

When Brigitte Bardot appeared in Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman in 1957, her beauty set the world alight. But Bardot was more than just a sex symbol: she was a daring actress who worked with some of cinema's most-revered directors, including Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle. Film critic Ginette Vincendeau delves into Bardot's career and life, including her four marriages, her decision to "... read more

When Brigitte Bardot appeared in Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman in 1957, her beauty set the world alight. But Bardot was more than just a sex symbol: she was a daring actress who worked with some of cinema's most-revered directors, including Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle. Film critic Ginette Vincendeau delves into Bardot's career and life, including her four marriages, her decision to "... read more

An Improper Proposal

Patricia Cabot, Meg Cabot

A delicious novel by Meg Cabot, originally writing under the name Patricia Cabot—released as an e-book for the first time! A stormy heart...Adventurous, outspoken, Payton Dixon has two passionate dreams...a clipper ship of her own and the love of Captain Connor Drake. But both seem impossibly out of reach, since her beloved captain is about to marry another, and worse, he's been given her ship... read more

A delicious novel by Meg Cabot, originally writing under the name Patricia Cabot—released as an e-book for the first time! A stormy heart...Adventurous, outspoken, Payton Dixon has two passionate dreams...a clipper ship of her own and the love of Captain Connor Drake. But both seem impossibly out of reach, since her beloved captain is about to marry another, and worse, he's been given her ship... read more

Have You Been Good?: A Memoir

Vanessa Nicolson

Vanessa Nicolson is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. She was born to an illustrious name and an unhappy marriage. Her father, the art historian Ben Nicolson, was homosexual and his marriage to Vanessa's Italian mother fell apart when Vanessa was very young. In this powerful and meditative memoir she chronicles her disjointed childhood and reckless youth, including ... read more

Vanessa Nicolson is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. She was born to an illustrious name and an unhappy marriage. Her father, the art historian Ben Nicolson, was homosexual and his marriage to Vanessa's Italian mother fell apart when Vanessa was very young. In this powerful and meditative memoir she chronicles her disjointed childhood and reckless youth, including ... read more

A Land More Kind Than Home

Wiley Cash

A New York Times bestseller and winner of the UK's John Creasey Award for Debut Crime Novel of the Year 'Mesmerizing. Intensely felt and beautifully told' New York TimesOne Sunday nine-year-old Jess Hall watches in horror as his autistic brother is smothered during a healing service in the mountains of North Carolina.Wiley Cash uses this haunting image - inspired by a horrific true event - to ... read more

A New York Times bestseller and winner of the UK's John Creasey Award for Debut Crime Novel of the Year 'Mesmerizing. Intensely felt and beautifully told' New York TimesOne Sunday nine-year-old Jess Hall watches in horror as his autistic brother is smothered during a healing service in the mountains of North Carolina.Wiley Cash uses this haunting image - inspired by a horrific true event - to ... read more

Secrets Between Us: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller

Valerie Keogh

How safe are your secrets?One letter a week for fifteen years. Identical white envelopes brimming with my sister’s darkest secrets. All the intimate details of a life as different to mine as could possibly be.I read each letter slowly: Ellie’s friends and enemies, her career in the city and dreams of a family, the terrible secret she’s hiding from her husband, the devastating lies she’s tellin... read more

How safe are your secrets?One letter a week for fifteen years. Identical white envelopes brimming with my sister’s darkest secrets. All the intimate details of a life as different to mine as could possibly be.I read each letter slowly: Ellie’s friends and enemies, her career in the city and dreams of a family, the terrible secret she’s hiding from her husband, the devastating lies she’s tellin... read more

Dynasties: The Rise and Fall of Animal Families

Stephen Moss

From lions hunting as a pride to penguins huddling together to keep from freezing in the bitter Antarctic winter, many animals are dependent on complex social relationships for their survival. Powerful dynasties lay claim to vast swathes of territory, fighting off rivals and securing their hunting grounds for generations to come. Dynasties offers an immersive insight into the shifting hierarch... read more

From lions hunting as a pride to penguins huddling together to keep from freezing in the bitter Antarctic winter, many animals are dependent on complex social relationships for their survival. Powerful dynasties lay claim to vast swathes of territory, fighting off rivals and securing their hunting grounds for generations to come. Dynasties offers an immersive insight into the shifting hierarch... read more

Nicky has 65 reviews

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Amy Luning
Working with Nicky has been an absolute pleasure. She's given me advice that I know is going to make my book the best it can be. I won't hesitate to hire her again when the time comes.

Amy Luning, May 2022


Richard Ross
This is the second time I have worked with Nicky. Her dedication to her clients is faultless. Never afraid to constructively criticize, she is an absolute asset to your team. She has kept me well and truly between the guard rails, challenging me and pushing me to another level. 'Eye of the Hybrid Storm' is a much more polished book because of her editing. I will look forward to working again w...
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Richard Ross, March 2022


Roy Williams
Receiving Nicky's report was just what I needed to give me a major shove in the right direction. It's always interesting to get an objective insight. Sometimes that shows up things you hadn't realised, and sometimes things you maybe had, but hoped no-one else would. Nicky was hit by Covid just about the time she was due to deliver her report. That led to a short delay which had the nerves jangl...
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Roy Williams, March 2022


Kevin Urban
Nicky was polite and professional. She responded quickly to every message.

Kevin Urban, March 2022


Laurence Kershook
Collaborating with Nicky was a pleasure. She provided me firstly with an insightful overview of my novel, and secondly with a meticulous copy-edit complemented by sensitive corrections, invaluable comments on the text and plot, and suggestions for improvement. Throughout she kept up a dialogue with me, responding quickly and fully to any queries I sent her. Overall, I'm very impressed by her ...
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Laurence Kershook, February 2022

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