I'm a professional editor and digital marketer, wrangling words and pixels for clients in the UK and worldwide. I’ll polish your memoir, novel, short story, website or marketing collateral until it gleams. Think of me as the covert weapon in your communication arsenal. I’ll make sure your words are fully primed for their mission, whether that’s entertaining, informing or selling. Quality always matters.
What's my story? Take a quick look at my portfolio to see some of the published books and websites I’ve edited, and a few of the artists I’ve supported with content, web development and digital marketing strategy.
Training? Qualifications? Yes, I’ve studied, so I understand the theory, not just the practice. I trained with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, and I’m a paid-up intermediate member which means I work to industry-recognised editorial standards. I have a BA (Hons) Literature (first-class), a Diploma in Marketing Communications and a Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing.
In my spare time, I’m a volunteer ESOL teacher, helping students unravel the many idiosyncrasies of the English language. Let's discuss cats another time ...
Professional editing and digital marketing services for independent authors, small businesses and creative sector clients.
Strata publishes books written by musicians. Its catalogue includes trade fiction, memoirs and children's books. It also publishes the online series 'Debut', which is a series of short memoirs written by musicians about the making of their debut album.
“Polly proofread and copy-edited two of my novels. On both occasions, she did an excellent job. Not only was she extremely detailed and conscientious, she never lost sight of the tone and energy of the work. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any writer looking for someone to give their work a forensic going over - not only in regards to grammar and style but also logic and facts.
Her ability to make creative suggestions is another skill she possesses. Never prescriptive, and always in tune with the writer’s needs, her input is always valuable, and more often than not, results in the novel being hugely improved."
— Simon Fellowes (author 'Don't Breathe the Air' and 'My Name is Ferdinand!')
“You caught a lot more than I’d hoped. In addition, as a once-upon-a-time journalist, anytime I see changes for the purposes of clarity or brevity, which was quite a few times here, I find myself strangely gratified... So thanks!”
— Stuart Bisson-Foster
co-writer You Can Drum But You Can't Hide
I spent over a decade in London working in public and private sector senior communicator roles, including head of communications for an NHS organisation and managing director of the new media division of Sanctuary Group PLC, a global music and entertainment company. (I'm recovering nicely, thank you!)
"Manchester. Music. Mayhem. A top story! Si tells it as it was. Well worth reading." --Ian Brown"... this punchy and addictive memoir [ ] proves as endearing and self-effacing as Wolstencroft himself. " -- The Quietus"As his brilliant memoir You Can Drum But You Can't Hide reveals, he's seen and done all of the rock n' roll clichés and has some wonderful stories to show for it" -- Gigslutz.co.... read more
When the dead body of a beautiful teenager is found buried in the walls of a Hollywood apartment building, it's not only her corpse which is disinterred. Six thousand miles away, Londoner Paul Marston has reason to suspect his own father's involvement. He heads to LA where he finds himself propelled on a violent joyride through a world once only seen in his fantasies. A thriller, a satire, a k... read more
Movie star Tom Stark sends his Hollywood A-list status into public free fall with an ill-judged comment to an LAPD cop. In Madrid, Ferdinand, his long-standing Spanish-language dubber, is not only shocked to see the TV news but realizes at once that his future is ruined too - unless he can rescue Tom from disgrace. Arriving in LA, Ferdinand begins a fevered pursuit of his celluloid twin. Succe... read more
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With over 25 years experience as a professional editor, author, and literary agent, I work with both bestselling and emerging new authors
I'm an editor (Random House, Diversion Books) and a published novelist here to help you get your manuscript into shape for the marketplace.