Rachel Eley

Rachel Eley - Editor

London, United Kingdom

An affordable, reliable and highly proficient copy editor and proofreader, with 10+ years' experience from several top UK book publishers.

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With an editorial career spanning over a decade, working at several of the UK's leading book publishers, and with a portfolio of bestselling and award-winning titles ("Mr Peacock's Possessions" by Lydia Syson - a Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year 2018), I am able to provide a professional and trustworthy copy editing and proofreading service of the highest quality.

In addition, I love reading books, from many different genres, which in turn means I love my job! My enthusiasm shows in the dedication and care I give to each and every book I work on.

I currently work part-time, and so have reduced my rates to account for the longer turnaround time I will require to deliver your project. Rest assured, quality is not compromised, only the overall time it takes me to reach my usual exacting standards.

With my eagle-eyed, thorough technique, I can polish and perfect your work, raising queries where appropriate, in preparation for it to go out into the big wide world!

Please feel free to get in touch. I look forward to working with you!
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Holiday
Horror
Romance
Thriller
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Proofreading for Editors - Publishing Training Centre
  • Advanced Proofreading - Publishing Training Centre
  • Copy Editing - Publishing Training Centre
  • PRINCE2 Project Management - Peoplecert

Work experience

Freelance Copy Editor and Proofreader

Self-employed
August, 2015 – Present (almost 4 years)

Providing a professional copy editing and proofreading service of the highest standard for both publishing houses and independent authors.

Managing Editor

Orion Publishing Group
August, 2013 – July, 2016 (almost 3 years)

Editorial Management of titles from many of the UK's leading authors, including Michael Connelly, Anthony Horowitz, Linwood Barclay and Erica James.

Group Editorial Manager

Little, Brown Book Group
August, 2012 – August, 2013 (about 1 year)

Co-ordinating the editorial workflow of all eight imprints of a leading UK publisher of authors including J. K. Rowling, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham in order to meet publication deadlines.

Production Editor

Sage Academic Publishers
August, 2010 – August, 2012 (about 2 years)

Production management of titles from manuscript to publication for the Business and Management, Psychology and Criminology lists; working with bestselling authors including Stewart Clegg, Mark Easterby-Smith and Chris Grey.

Assistant Editor, Life Sciences

Cambridge University Press
July, 2007 – February, 2010 (over 2 years)

Project managing the manuscript submission and handover process for the department; working with bestselling authors, including Keith Wilson and Richard Frankham, and societies such as the Darwin Correspondence Project.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Mr Peacock's Possessions

Lydia Syson

An intimate, intense and beautifully realised novel of possession, power and the liberating loss of innocence, this will delight fans of MISTER PIP and THE POISONWOOD BIBLE. Oceania, 1879. For two years the Peacocks, a determined family of settlers, have struggled to make a remote volcanic island their home. At last, a ship appears. The six Pacific Islanders on board have travelled over eight ... read more

An intimate, intense and beautifully realised novel of possession, power and the liberating loss of innocence, this will delight fans of MISTER PIP and THE POISONWOOD BIBLE. Oceania, 1879. For two years the Peacocks, a determined family of settlers, have struggled to make a remote volcanic island their home. At last, a ship appears. The six Pacific Islanders on board have travelled over eight ... read more

The Long Forgotten

David Whitehouse

'This is a wonderful book, its different strands weaving around each other and coming together in the most fantastic conclusion. I am so jealous of David Whitehouse’s writing.' Adam KayMemories make us who we are – but what if yours belonged to someone else?David Whitehouse's The Long Forgotten is the story of a missing plane, a rare-flower hunter, and a lonely young man who has begun to remem... read more

'This is a wonderful book, its different strands weaving around each other and coming together in the most fantastic conclusion. I am so jealous of David Whitehouse’s writing.' Adam KayMemories make us who we are – but what if yours belonged to someone else?David Whitehouse's The Long Forgotten is the story of a missing plane, a rare-flower hunter, and a lonely young man who has begun to remem... read more

Beau Death

Peter Lovesey

A wrecking ball crashes through the roof of a terraced cottage in Bath and exposes a skeleton in eighteenth-century clothes. Can these possibly be the remains of Beau Nash, the so-called King of Bath, whose body is said to have ended up in a pauper's grave?Peter Diamond, the city's most experienced detective, is ordered to investigate, but grappling with historical events causes ructions in hi... read more

A wrecking ball crashes through the roof of a terraced cottage in Bath and exposes a skeleton in eighteenth-century clothes. Can these possibly be the remains of Beau Nash, the so-called King of Bath, whose body is said to have ended up in a pauper's grave?Peter Diamond, the city's most experienced detective, is ordered to investigate, but grappling with historical events causes ructions in hi... read more

A Country Girl

Nancy Carson

A must-read sweeping saga, full of intrigue, romance and page-turning drama . . . Marigold Bingham, though promised to Algie Stokes, the lock-keeper’s son, reconsiders her dreams of marriage when she wrongly believes he has been two-timing her. With the sudden death of his father, as well as the loss of Marigold, Algie is consoled by Aurelia Sampson, the charming and beguiling wife of his empl... read more

A must-read sweeping saga, full of intrigue, romance and page-turning drama . . . Marigold Bingham, though promised to Algie Stokes, the lock-keeper’s son, reconsiders her dreams of marriage when she wrongly believes he has been two-timing her. With the sudden death of his father, as well as the loss of Marigold, Algie is consoled by Aurelia Sampson, the charming and beguiling wife of his empl... read more

A Fallen Woman

Nancy Carson

An unforgettable saga, full of romance, shocking secrets and page-turning scandal . . . In the Black Country a scandal is set to hit the town ... but can Aurelia Sampson survive? All seems well in the Black Country, Aurelia having sacrificed her own happiness for her newly found half-sister’s future after returning from a separation to her husband’s bleak and unhappy house. That is until Benja... read more

An unforgettable saga, full of romance, shocking secrets and page-turning scandal . . . In the Black Country a scandal is set to hit the town ... but can Aurelia Sampson survive? All seems well in the Black Country, Aurelia having sacrificed her own happiness for her newly found half-sister’s future after returning from a separation to her husband’s bleak and unhappy house. That is until Benja... read more

The Cursed Wife

Pamela Hartshorne

The Cursed Wife by Pamela Hartshorne is a page-turning, psychological thriller set in Elizabethan London.Curses cannot be silenced . . .Mary lives a contented life as wife to a wealthy merchant in Elizabethan London. But there's a part of her past she can’t forget . . . As a small girl she was cursed for causing the death of a vagrant child, a curse that predicts that she will hang. Sometimes ... read more

The Cursed Wife by Pamela Hartshorne is a page-turning, psychological thriller set in Elizabethan London.Curses cannot be silenced . . .Mary lives a contented life as wife to a wealthy merchant in Elizabethan London. But there's a part of her past she can’t forget . . . As a small girl she was cursed for causing the death of a vagrant child, a curse that predicts that she will hang. Sometimes ... read more

Diary of a Provincial Lady

E. M. Delafield

E. M. Delafield's largely autobiographical novel takes the form of a journal written by an upper-middle-class lady living in a Devonshire village. Written with humour, this charming novel is full of the peculiarities of daily life. The Provincial Lady of the title attempts to avoid disaster and prevent chaos from descending upon her household. But with a husband reluctant to do anything but do... read more

E. M. Delafield's largely autobiographical novel takes the form of a journal written by an upper-middle-class lady living in a Devonshire village. Written with humour, this charming novel is full of the peculiarities of daily life. The Provincial Lady of the title attempts to avoid disaster and prevent chaos from descending upon her household. But with a husband reluctant to do anything but do... read more

Dark Winter Tales: a collection of horror short stories (Dark Winter Tales)

Paul Finch

**A horror short story collection from #1 bestseller, Paul Finch. Full of unputdownable reads for cold winter nights…**As the nights draw in, get hooked on this dark and suspenseful collection of horror tales – the perfect read for fans of Mark Edwards and Peter James.This collection comprises of seven short stories, all also available as individual ebooks:• The Incident at North Shore• Childr... read more

**A horror short story collection from #1 bestseller, Paul Finch. Full of unputdownable reads for cold winter nights…**As the nights draw in, get hooked on this dark and suspenseful collection of horror tales – the perfect read for fans of Mark Edwards and Peter James.This collection comprises of seven short stories, all also available as individual ebooks:• The Incident at North Shore• Childr... read more

The Chocolate Lovers' Club (Chocolate Lovers Club 1)

Carole Matthews

For Lucy Lombard, there's nothing that chocolate can't cure. From heartache to headaches, it's the one thing she knows that she can rely on - and she's not alone. Fellow chocolate addicts Autumn, Nadia and Chantal share her passion and together they form a select group known as The Chocolate Lovers' Club. Whenever there's a crisis, they meet in their sanctuary, a cafe called Chocolate Heaven. ... read more

For Lucy Lombard, there's nothing that chocolate can't cure. From heartache to headaches, it's the one thing she knows that she can rely on - and she's not alone. Fellow chocolate addicts Autumn, Nadia and Chantal share her passion and together they form a select group known as The Chocolate Lovers' Club. Whenever there's a crisis, they meet in their sanctuary, a cafe called Chocolate Heaven. ... read more

The Only Way is Up

Carole Matthews

Lily and Laurence had it all: the money, the car, a beautiful home in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Then Laurence loses his job and everything disappears. With nowhere to turn, Lily and Laurence are forced to take their two young children and move to a flea-ridden council house on a notoriously rough estate. As they try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, Lily constantly dreams ... read more

Lily and Laurence had it all: the money, the car, a beautiful home in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Then Laurence loses his job and everything disappears. With nowhere to turn, Lily and Laurence are forced to take their two young children and move to a flea-ridden council house on a notoriously rough estate. As they try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, Lily constantly dreams ... read more

A Minor Indiscretion

Carole Matthews

Ali Kingston is happily married with three children. She isn't the type to have her head turned - but then it isn't every day that a gorgeous younger man falls at her feet.When Ed, Ali's husband, finds out that she's spent time with another man, he's sure there's more to it than just a minor indiscretion - so in a moment of madness he kicks Ali out of the house.Their family and friends do all ... read more

Ali Kingston is happily married with three children. She isn't the type to have her head turned - but then it isn't every day that a gorgeous younger man falls at her feet.When Ed, Ali's husband, finds out that she's spent time with another man, he's sure there's more to it than just a minor indiscretion - so in a moment of madness he kicks Ali out of the house.Their family and friends do all ... read more

All She Ever Wished For

Claudia Carroll

A gorgeous story of chance meetings and unexpected friendships . . . because sometimes what you’ve always wished for isn’t necessarily what life has in store . . .Marriage. It’s a dream come true. Isn’t it?One wet winter night, two women meet on a bridge. One is Tess Taylor, a personal trainer on the way to meet her boyfriend for date night. The other is Kate King, a celebrity married to a han... read more

A gorgeous story of chance meetings and unexpected friendships . . . because sometimes what you’ve always wished for isn’t necessarily what life has in store . . .Marriage. It’s a dream come true. Isn’t it?One wet winter night, two women meet on a bridge. One is Tess Taylor, a personal trainer on the way to meet her boyfriend for date night. The other is Kate King, a celebrity married to a han... read more

Rachel has 4 reviews

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Zak Cheradennine
I had and an excellent experience working with Rachel, I don't often give five star reviews but she thoroughly deserves them. Rachel edited my novel The Face of God. I gave her a manuscrit full of errors and she helped me turn it into a piece of work that I am really proud of, and is starting to get great reviews and sales on Amazon. Rachel understood better than me what needed to be done t...
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Zak Cheradennine, December 2017


Darryl Donaghue
I recently chose Rachel to copy-edit my 75,000 word manuscript for the third novel in my crime fiction series, and I am very that I did. From the initial exchange of messages, it was clear Rachel was both professional and more than qualified for the task at hand. She set clear deadlines, and we discussed realistic expectations from the outset which put me at ease from the start (as an Indie, fi...
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Darryl Donaghue, July 2017


John Statton
Just a wonderful collaboration experience!

John Statton, July 2017


Bruno Jambor
I feel very lucky to have selected Rachel as my editor for my book Passage to Sunrise. Her dedication to the task of correcting, checking, verifying every detail, and suggesting changes is remarkable. She even discovered that I had misspelled the name of the Mumbai airport in India—Chhatrapati Shivaji—which I had checked carefully before but still butchered. Rachel checked it and corrected it. ...
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Bruno Jambor, March 2017

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