Nikky Twyman

Nikky Twyman - Editor

Eastbourne, UK

Accurate, friendly editor/proofreader with 30+ years' experience. • Children's • Education/reference • Fiction • Psychology • Biographies

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I am a copy editor/proofreader with more than 30 years of experience in a wide selection of subjects – educational books, children's information titles, English and foreign language learning, theatre, biography, music, and more... I am always up for an editorial challenge and to branch into new areas, although since 1986 I do seem to have worked on most subjects.

I always offer a perceptive, professional approach to an author's work, whether I am copy editing or proofreading. 'Thorough' and 'thoughtful' are my middle names, a fact that has endeared me to a wide range of publishers. They know they can rely on me to work sensitively on a manuscript, and therefore invariably trust me to liaise directly with the author. My sense of humour has also served me well. especially in moments of editorial crisis.
English (UK)
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Contemporary Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Plays & Screenplays


  • Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading

Work experience


August, 1993 – Present (over 29 years)

Over the last 27 years, I have worked on most subjects, but my skills and knowledge base reside in English language and teaching/education titles. (My degree is in Linguistics - 2i from Sussex University.) Having said that, I have a strong interest in theatre, music, psychology and biography, and most humanities subjects. Modern fiction is another key area of my regular work, plus ecological and environmental topics. I am equally employed in copy editing and proofreading, and am keen to expand my project management capabilities.

Senior Production Editor

Usborne Publishing
April, 1986 – August, 1993 (over 7 years)

Senior Production Editor in charge of a team of 20 freelancers and in-house team of five, working on French and Italian editions of Usborne titles (children's information books).

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Letters from Tove

Jansson, Tove, Westin, Boel, Svensson, Helen, Death, Sarah

The Durrells of Corfu

Haag, Michael

Rigor in Your School

Williamson, Ronald, Blackburn, Barbara R.

Electricians' On-Site Companion

Kitcher, Christopher

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