Nicola Perry

Nicola Perry – Editor

Editor with 20 years' experience. Specialise in narrative fiction and memoir. I'm passionate about things lyrical, poetic, and deep.


I am a narratologist with a master's degree in Poetics of Imagination and 20+ years' professional, hands-on publishing experience with Bloomsbury, Working Partners, Amazon, and Writers & Artists.

My Services:
Editorial Assessment and Developmental Edit
An editorial assessment and developmental edit involves 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 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.

Creative Coaching alongside accompanied Manuscript Development
More extensive in-depth development edits over a set period. I suggest working with a writer for 3 months, as I find this provides ample stimulus and motivation to make great strides. It is bespoke how we work together in that period, but we would draw up a plan to craft the process, so it worked around your schedule and your goals.

"‘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
Literary Fiction Themes & Motifs
English (UK)

Work experience


Jan, 2012 — Present

The breakthroughs that writers experience in my workshops and programs make them authorities on the stories they are telling themselves and the story they are trying to tell; which, in turn, makes for more robust writers who are no longer second guessing themselves or anyone else that matters. What I do is help writers recover their bearings and inhabit a healthy headspace, ensuring that the demands of their novel, their Art, life, the writing community and the marketplace no longer eclipse the one person holding all this together: You.

Writers & Artists, Bloomsbury PLC

Dec, 2010 — Jan, 2012 (about 1 year)

Developing and rolling out 12 new services to support writers and champion their craft and work.


Mar, 2006 — Nov, 2009 (over 3 years)

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.

Aug, 1999 — Jan, 2002 (over 2 years)

Literature & Fiction / Crime & Thriller Editor


It Watched Me

Brown, A.

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Nicola has 7 reviews





Stefan K.

Stefan K.

May, 2023

The content provided was handled with utmost professionalism. The feedback was specific as well as general, creating themes throughout the whole piece while simultaneously dwelling into specific examples.
Jene G.

Jene G.

May, 2022

Nicola is a skilled, compassionate and insightful professional writing coach and developmental editor. I truly grew in confidence and craft under her guidance. Looking forward to collaborating again in the future. - J
Sylvia W.

Sylvia W.

Dec, 2021

Really grateful to Nicola for the work done here that was a lot of reading and digging to provide objective insight into my writing specifically rather than generic writing. Will take a lot of time to dig and digest her feedback. Thank you again.
Geoffrey B.

Geoffrey B.

Feb, 2021

I was very impressed with Nicola’s work. She was remarkably perceptive in dealing with what was a challenging task. She made useful and insightful suggestions about how to understand what I am really trying to do, and how to move forward. Nicola recognized my strengths and weaknesses. She carried through on what she agreed to do, and more.
Linn A.

Linn A.

Oct, 2019

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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Nicola P.
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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