Rachel Ann Horatia Beckett

Rachel Ann Horatia Beckett – Editor

Dedicated development editor with 20+ yrs' experience including memoirs, translated and children's fiction, math textbooks, academic papers

Overview

I can make your book or article the best it can possibly be. Crucially, I can make it publishable. I will not take on any project that I do not think has potential to be published, and worth publishing. So if I quote on your job, that is already a thumbs up.

I have over 20 years' experience as an editor, both in publishing and in the commercial and services sectors. I have worked on a wide range of non-fiction publications, including art books, academic literature, mathematics textbooks and corporate literature. Since joining Reedsy, I have also increasingly developed a specialism in translated fiction and children's illustrated fiction. I have experience of design and illustration, so when editing illustrated books for children I can evaluate how well the text and image jointly tell the story and can guide you to achieve a structure that works.

I offer superb attention to detail with an impeccable approach to grammar, spelling and punctuation. I can improve structure and headings to signpost the reader through more complex documents. I will ensure that manuscripts meet the highest editorial standards of clarity and consistency, and that the text is tailored to the required readership.

I will edit your work using tracked changes and comments boxes. My price will include written feedback in Reedsy, as well as responses to queries you may raise. I always aim to quote competitive rates for the time taken. If my quote should happen to be a little higher than another editor's, you will see the benefit in the quality of the work, as I take enough time to ensure the highest standard.

Finally, just a little footnote to say that I am working part-time as an editor while studying for a PhD. So the deadline I will set myself will most likely be quite generous (to me). I don't wish to over-promise and would rather be realistic about how quickly I can do the work for you. Also, I will not edit AI generated material so please do not ask me to. Thank you for your understanding.

I look forward to working with you.

Services
Non-Fiction
Art Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference Math & Science
Fiction
Literary Fiction Middle Grade Picture Books
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • Gloucestershire Libraries Short Story Competition winner 2008

Work experience

Haremi Ltd

Nov, 2016 — Jul, 2018 (over 1 year)

Responsible for editing and checking educational mathematics titles: the Scholastic series of GCSE Mathematics revision guides and the Pearson Power Maths series of primary textbooks and workbooks. Work involved liaison with series editors, copy editors, proofreaders, maths experts and in-house colleagues.

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Nov, 2010 — Sep, 2016 (almost 6 years)

Responsible for editing and drafting a range of publications related to the higher education sector, including guidance for higher education providers, review method documentation, reports to government, and corporate publications; responsible also for training on writing and editing for in-house staff and academic reviewers.

Lister Petter

Dec, 2006 — Dec, 2008 (about 2 years)

Responsible for editing and updating technical publications relating to diesel engines and generating sets and off-road vehicles. Produced power output charts, technical data sheets and corporate and marketing literature.

Self-employed

Feb, 1996 — Present

Projects have included monographs and academic research, mathematics education resources, picture books for children, translated fiction (from German, Italian and Ukrainian), memoirs, and articles/briefings for commercial organisations, ranging from financial services to health and wellbeing. My freelance career, currently fulltime, has run in parallel to, or in between, other editorial jobs over the years.

Portfolio

Rachel Ann Horatia has 20 reviews

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Sergey N.

Sergey N.

Apr, 2024

I'll be honest and tell what I think. In fact, according to me, that's the only reasonable explanation… Rachel directly started editing my story - without reading it first, due to lack of time. Otherwise, there is no way a professional like her can delete something that will later be needed in the plot of the story. I also noticed that in quite a few places Rachel tried to put a little more te...
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With hindsight, I would not have worked with Sergey. I normally have a rule of only taking on work that I think is publishable. At first I had rather hoped Sergey's story would be, as it seemed fun...
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Caroline E.

Caroline E.

Feb, 2024

This is the second short children's story that Rachel has edited for me and again she gave clear and precise feedback, with spot-on suggestions that I would never have considered. I hope to be able to keep working with Rachel and would highly recommend her editing services.
Caroline E.

Caroline E.

Jan, 2024

Rachel was fantastic. She responded quickly and shared great advice in her editing. She gave positive and constructive feedback which was very helpful. I would definitely like to work with Rachel again and would highly recommend her for editing short children's stories.
Audrone G.

Audrone G.

Nov, 2023

Every time when Rachel touch my text,the text starting to shine... Thank you very much Dear Rachel !!!
Rachel Ann Horatia B.
Always lovely to work with Audrone and her beautiful and original books.
Janette M.

Janette M.

Feb, 2023

A fantastic service! Rachel is talented at her work and is highly recommended.

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