Nicola Perry

Nicola Perry - Editor

Norwich, UK

Experienced commissioning editor (Bloomsbury, Amazon) with combined twenty years' experience helping writers connect with their readership

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My focus is on you and the story you are telling. My focus is on understanding the core values that are motivating you to create your art, and this particular story, in the first place. I will show up for you and your book, because I appreciate it's not always easy to show up for ourselves. It's my job to mind the gap between what's in your head, and heart, and what's on the page; but the creative journey should, first and foremost, be rewarding.

That said, I have 20 years' professional, hands-on experience in publishing with Amazon, Bloomsbury and Writers & Artists. I understand how the marketplace works, so can provide insight and commercial guidance. More essentially, I am sensitive and vigilant to the reader's experience; harnessing all aspects of story craft - tone, style, form, pacing, character arcs, emotional resonance, and plot structure - to invite your audience in; and keep them there.


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My Areas of Personal/Professional Interest: Literary & speculative/philosophical fiction; novellas; literary memoir; Cultural & Ethical Themes; some YA. Authors who are driven to share something of import with their readers.

Specialisms: Developmental Editing (Novels in Progress); Narrative/Story Development; Plot & Structure; The Art of Revising; The Art of the Synopsis; Writers' Progress and Development; Creative Coaching.

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Expertise:
Story Craft: Trained in story development (across multiple genres and forms); written dozens of storylines for mainstream publishers, film scripts, animation scripts, novels, transmedia projects and a travel book (33 Walks in London). In turn, trained junior editors and writers at all levels in story craft.

Mentoring Writers: 1-1 professional contact; preparing assessment reports covering aspects related to plot, narrative style, characterisation and marketability; providing on-going support and considered feedback. A high percentage went on to secure publishing deals, and rebuild their careers.

Editing: A keen eye for cohesiveness; developmental editing; experience of working with writers across genres and ability levels; commissioning and project managing up to 15 live books annually.

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My Offer:
Part I.
An initial editorial assessment would involve a complete read-through of your full manuscript. This is my opportunity to fully acquaint myself with your work - your intentions and personal vision - and the narrative's wider arcs; whereupon I would craft a 3-5 page report, providing a wide overview and guidance on what requires your core attention, and in what sequence, to advance with your revisions.
All this work can usually be done over a dedicated 10 hour period for a 70,000 word manuscript (My hourly rate being £45) : 5-6 hours reading and absorbing your complete manuscript, followed by 3-4 hours crafting your report and 1 hour of follow-up correspondence.
After receiving such a report, it’s natural to want to talk these things through - talking in more depth over difficult aspects and addressing the challenges in the report, and I welcome that correspondence; sharing my insights based on your values and vision. and the reader’s needs.
Based on my offer, however, we are talking about my devoting an hour for this stage. For more sustained, extensive mentoring and editing, you are moving onto another level of developmental editing.

Part II.
More extensive in-depth development edits over a set period. I usually suggest working with a writer for no more than 3 months, as I find this provides ample stimulus and motivation to make great strides. How we work together in that period will be bespoke for every writer, but we would draw up a plan together to craft the process so it worked around your schedule and your goals.
In the developmental edit stage, we would work together so you would be tackling a different challenge|section of the novel. It’s similar in approach to coaching. We would agree on an area and you would work on it -
submitting pages and notes for evaluation. The stronger the core elements become, the more confident you will be in your own ability to proceed; moving forward at a rate and, in a way, that inspires and motivates you; meeting your own demands.
I make it a rule never to exceed 10-12 hours evaluative work in this period, to keep costs manageable and focus strong. We would negotiate those hours in advance, and keep things tight and moving accordingly.

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Testimonials "‘The session - I loved it……..just what I needed. Brainstorming but with direction, and I really felt as though Nicola knows her stuff which is very inspiring and reassuring. I also feel as though I have somebody on my side, the sense of support and enthusiasm coupled with belief from her is wonderful. I came away really believing that I can do this and, with Nicola’s support, I know I can make it great … Thank you.’" -- Alex Brown, Now Agented

"It is true to say that in all service-related dealings it is the people that make the difference and Nicola’s approach and interpersonal skills were of the highest standard. Once again thank you for providing this excellent service, we will certainly be recommending this service to other serious writers as a result of this experience.' - Kathryn
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Inspirational
Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic
Dystopian
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Themes & Motifs
Young Adult

Work experience

Editorial Consultant

Self-employed
January, 2018 – Present (almost 2 years)

Senior Editorial Consultant

Writing Consultant & Workshop Leader

Crafty Writer Method
January, 2012 – April, 2014 (about 2 years)

Remit: Supporting writers in developing their works in progress and securing book deals.
How: Devising and running a series of inspiring writing workshops/groups through Waterstones, Bush Theatre London and Writers’ Centre Norwich. Setting up an editorial manuscript service to advise individual clients on progressing their novels to completion. Evaluating potential and scope for future-funded transmedia projects.
Result: High success rate in progressing writers to book deals. Devised and ran successful workshops in "Synopsis Writing" and "From First – Completed Draft".

Creating and guiding Boho Mornings (creative walks around London) for several years. Setting up an editorial manuscript service to advise individual clients on developing their intellectual properties. Many went on to secure book deals. Evaluating potential and scope for future-funded transmedia projects on behalf of Portal Entertainment. Volunteering at YMCA and London youth centres to help teenagers with writing their CVs and class projects. Writing qualitative reports for the organisations based on my observations.

Head of Writers' Services

Writers & Artists, Bloomsbury PLC
December, 2010 – January, 2012 (about 1 year)

Remit: Presenting 12 new services to support writers and champion their careers.
How: Recruiting editors and agents to support and advise writers at key junctures throughout their creative and professional progress; setting guidelines and best practice for constructive, evaluative feedback.
Result: A high- quality, professional editorial service for writers.

Senior Commissioning Editor/Story Liner

Self-employed
March, 2006 – November, 2009 (over 3 years)

Remit: Launching new adult fiction division; winning over publishers and writers, generating a new cottage industry in the UK.
How: Supporting authors every step of the way; collaborating with a team of editors; training junior editors; commissioning professional fiction writers; guiding authors through this new process and practice; editing manuscripts and seeing them through to publication.
Result: Multiple deals for series fiction across YA, Crime, Sci Fi & Fantasy and Women’s Fiction with HarperCollins, Hodder Headline, Hachette and Harlequin.

Meeting with publishers to brainstorm series concepts; further developing projects in-house. Writing story lines (40-page story world bibles). Collaborating with a team of writers and training junior writers. Commissioning and editing professional fiction writers.

Literature & Fiction / Crime & Thriller Editor

Amazon.co.uk
August, 1999 – January, 2002 (over 2 years)

Literature & Fiction / Crime & Thriller Editor

Portfolio (3 selected works)

33 Walks in London That You Shouldn’t Miss Revised and Updated

Nicola Perry

Fully illustrated with more than 250 color photographs and 33 mapsPart of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 150 titles and 1 million copies in print worldwide Experience the less explored nooks and pockets of Britain's capital through the eyes of a passionate local. With its labyrinth of characterful streets and alleys, charming squares, open green spaces, monuments and m... read more

Fully illustrated with more than 250 color photographs and 33 mapsPart of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 150 titles and 1 million copies in print worldwide Experience the less explored nooks and pockets of Britain's capital through the eyes of a passionate local. With its labyrinth of characterful streets and alleys, charming squares, open green spaces, monuments and m... read more

Forty Shades of White: My Amazing Antarctic Journey

Ginni Bazlinton

When Ginni Bazlinton signed up for a voyage to the planet's fifth largest and coldest continent, she did not know what to expect. An icy wilderness governed by no nation, where virtually the only natives are penguins and seals, Antarctica was a vast unknown when she set off on the rugged scientific vessel the Akademik Shokalskiy. From this grandmother 'next door' comes a first-hand encounter w... read more

When Ginni Bazlinton signed up for a voyage to the planet's fifth largest and coldest continent, she did not know what to expect. An icy wilderness governed by no nation, where virtually the only natives are penguins and seals, Antarctica was a vast unknown when she set off on the rugged scientific vessel the Akademik Shokalskiy. From this grandmother 'next door' comes a first-hand encounter w... read more

Clicking Her Heels

Lucy Hepburn

Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world…When Amy Marsh's boyfriend mistakenly believes she's two-timing him, he plots the ultimate revenge on a shoe-addict… and sells her prized collection on eBay.Amy embarks on a modern-day Cinderella quest to reclaim her pride and joy, travelling to New York, Ireland and Miami and meeting a whole host of unlikely characters - including some... read more

Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world…When Amy Marsh's boyfriend mistakenly believes she's two-timing him, he plots the ultimate revenge on a shoe-addict… and sells her prized collection on eBay.Amy embarks on a modern-day Cinderella quest to reclaim her pride and joy, travelling to New York, Ireland and Miami and meeting a whole host of unlikely characters - including some... read more

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Linn Aspen
I have searched high and low for an editor that would understand enough of my story to give suggestions and not just say, “I don’t get it.” Nicola has been extraordinary in her ability to submerge herself in my manuscript and grasp the concepts. It was not an easy task for her to look into my messy closet of a story, connect the dots and come back with constructive suggestions. I am so, so g...
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Linn Aspen, October 2019

Nicola Perry
It has been a pleasure working on Linn's behalf, and a pleasure reading her story. Inevitably, over the course of writing a novel, parts of the story you're keen to reach will be brought forth befo...
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Dani Gold
I am disappointed and this wasn’t the experience I hoped it would be.

Dani Gold, July 2019

Nicola Perry
Naturally, I am disappointed that any client should feel this way. This client submitted a query letter that they were concerned about. I wrote to her suggesting a way that she could approach the l...
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Sandeep Sengupta
I knew I had problems with my Manuscript. All the previous professionals I worked with, tried to provide suggestions to resolve those but none of them addressed the root. Nicola identified it, suggested a major restructuring of my work, told me which sections should go where, and also showed me why certain parts did not work. This is development editing as it should be.

Sandeep Sengupta, April 2019

Nicola Perry
Sandeep says it all really. At copyediting stage, an author is relying on their editor to root out issues. But, at the developmental stage, a whole other mindset is required. One must pay heed to w...
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