Nicola Lovick

Nicola 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

I offer a variety of editorial services: editorial assessment, developmental editing, copy-editing and proofreading. 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. I pride myself on a friendly, honest editing service, drawing on over twenty years’ editorial (freelance and in-house) experience.

Currently working for Penguin, Random House, Transworld, BBC Books, Orion, John Blake, Blink, Bonnier, Quercus, Profile and Atlantic, among many others.


Genres include Women’s Commercial Fiction, Crime, Classics, Cookery, Memoir, Celebrity, General Non-Fiction and Illustrated.

A list of titles recently worked on for publishers (last three months):

Fiction

SISTER TO SISTER

THE LIES YOU TOLD

THE ROSARY GARDEN

THE COOKBOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

THE END OF OCTOBER

Non-fiction

THE FUSS-FREE COOKBOOK

THE NATURAL GARDENER

GREAT BRITISH SPIRIT

MARVELLOUS

TALKING WITH SERIAL KILLERS

ULTIMATE HARD MEN

GYPSY

NOT THE TYPE

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

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, including the bestselling Dear Lupin and Chrissie Wellington’s autobiography, A Life Without Limits
♦ 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 and worked with Non-Fiction Editorial Director to produce a range of illustrated titles such as Crap Jobs and Chav!
♦ 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 19 years)

Fiction and non-fiction editor. I've been working solidly on a freelance basis for almost seventeen 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
♦ Read agented and unsolicited submissions

Portfolio (14 selected works)

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

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

Nicola has 58 reviews

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Claire K. Bennett
Working with Nicky was a great experience. It's clear she's got her stuff down to a science. She's got a particular knack for pacing – ensuring that your story doesn't drag – and has a keen eye for detecting when dialogue can be jarring for the reader. I hired Nicky to copyedit my sequel. I imagine it's harder for an editor to jump straight into a sequel and try to edit that, as so much backgr...
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Claire K. Bennett, September 2021


Clodagh Murphy
Nicola was a pleasure to work with and provided a thorough and thoughtful copy-edit, as well as very helpful feedback. I would be delighted to work with Nicola again in the future.

Clodagh Murphy, September 2021


Cheryl Waters
Thoroughly enjoyed working with Nicky! Her feedback was always constructive and made me think outside my comfort zone! This has made for a much better book! Excellent value for money and loved her honesty even if it wasn’t what I wanted to hear sometimes!! Thank you Nicky can’t wait to see the book in print now!

Cheryl Waters, September 2021


Richard Ross
Nicky is a true professional. As an indie author you always feel as though you are in safe hands. My book, 'The Hybrid Enemy' is far better than it would have been because of Nicky's guidance. Thank you! We are now working on the second James Macrae Thriller in this series.

Richard Ross, July 2021


Cheryl Waters
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Nicola. She has been supportive and encouraging but honest in her approach. I felt she really understood the story I was trying to tell and made me look at my work with a new perspective. Her edits were thought provoking and encouraging and I would highly recommend working with Nicola.

Cheryl Waters, July 2021

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