Rachel Rowlands

Rachel Rowlands - Editor

Editor and writer. Specialising in genre fiction – also works on non-fiction.

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Overview

If you're looking for a professional book editor who understands the struggles of writing and publishing – you're in the right place! I help authors and publishers shape and polish their stories with a kind and gentle, but honest, hand. Good editing should be like magic. It should inspire, not tear down – so you can craft a book you're really proud of.

I provide copyediting, line editing, proofreading and assessment to authors and publishers of genre fiction and trade non-fiction. I can help you bring out the best in your writing – whether it’s by reading text for errors, or helping you make a story as gripping and engaging as possible.

An experienced editor, I have worked for the likes of Canelo, Black Library (Games Workshop), Bookouture (Hachette UK), and Hashtag Press.

Whatever publication path you're planning on following, I can help you shape your project and get it ready for the eyes of your readers.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
New Age
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Fantasy
Middle Grade
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Certifications

  • BA in English/Creative Writing
  • Fiction Editing
  • Proofreading (Publishing Training Centre)
  • Copyediting and Proofreading 1

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
May, 2017 – Present (over 3 years)

Editorial services for authors and publishers of genre fiction and trade non-fiction.

Writer

Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency
June, 2018 – Present (over 2 years)

Alongside editing I also write children's and speculative fiction, and I'm represented by Thérèse Coen.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Where She Lies: A gripping Irish detective thriller with a stunning twist (Detective Finnegan Beck Book 1)

Michael Scanlon

In a town full of liars, who can you trust?When Detective Finnegan Beck is demoted from his high-powered job in Dublin and relocated in disgrace to the small Irish town of Cross Beg, he predicts boredom will be his biggest threat.But then a beautiful, local teenage girl is found strangled in the cold, dark woods a mile from town. The prime suspect is the seemingly-gentle drifter who found Tany... read more

In a town full of liars, who can you trust?When Detective Finnegan Beck is demoted from his high-powered job in Dublin and relocated in disgrace to the small Irish town of Cross Beg, he predicts boredom will be his biggest threat.But then a beautiful, local teenage girl is found strangled in the cold, dark woods a mile from town. The prime suspect is the seemingly-gentle drifter who found Tany... read more

The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen (Austen Adventures Book 2)

Ada Bright, Cass Grafton

Rose Wallace thought her time-travelling adventures were over. Jane Austen is about to prove her wrong.After becoming trapped in present-day Bath due to a mishap with her time-travelling charm, Jane Austen is safe and sound back in the 1800s thanks to Rose’s help. Now, Rose is ready to focus on her fledgling romance with dreamy Dr Aiden Trevellyan.But when Jane reappears in the present, it loo... read more

Rose Wallace thought her time-travelling adventures were over. Jane Austen is about to prove her wrong.After becoming trapped in present-day Bath due to a mishap with her time-travelling charm, Jane Austen is safe and sound back in the 1800s thanks to Rose’s help. Now, Rose is ready to focus on her fledgling romance with dreamy Dr Aiden Trevellyan.But when Jane reappears in the present, it loo... read more

The Tanglewood Flower Shop: An absolutely perfect uplifting romance (Tanglewood Village series Book 2)

Lilac Mills

Love can be a thorny business.When Tanglewood flower shop owner Leanne enters Budding Stars – a floristry TV competition – she’s shocked to make it through to the televised stages where the pressure grows to prove herself a success.Luckily for Leanne, new Tanglewood park ranger, Rex, is a rose among the thorns as he provides support and friendship that could blossom into something more…But Rex... read more

Love can be a thorny business.When Tanglewood flower shop owner Leanne enters Budding Stars – a floristry TV competition – she’s shocked to make it through to the televised stages where the pressure grows to prove herself a success.Luckily for Leanne, new Tanglewood park ranger, Rex, is a rose among the thorns as he provides support and friendship that could blossom into something more…But Rex... read more

Beastgrave (Warhammer: Age of Sigmar)

C L Werner

A Warhammer Age of Sigmar novel tying in with the hugely successful Warhammer Underworlds game.Ghur is a realm of vast wilds and savage beasts. Few are more vicious than the herdchief, Ghroth the Rootcutter. Brutal and ruthless, he leads his warherd from one massacre to the next, slaughtering all who defy him. Yet this is not enough to sate Ghroth's bloodthirsty ambition – to become the mighti... read more

A Warhammer Age of Sigmar novel tying in with the hugely successful Warhammer Underworlds game.Ghur is a realm of vast wilds and savage beasts. Few are more vicious than the herdchief, Ghroth the Rootcutter. Brutal and ruthless, he leads his warherd from one massacre to the next, slaughtering all who defy him. Yet this is not enough to sate Ghroth's bloodthirsty ambition – to become the mighti... read more

Castle of Blood (Warhammer Horror)

C L Werner

A Horror short story set in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Universe.Guests are arriving at the ancient castle of Mhurghast, summoned by the reclusive Count von Koeterberg. They expect a grand feast, and something more... The ambitious Baron expects to inherit the Count's wealth; the wife of a broken swordsmith hopes to revisit happier times; the fallen priest prays for a chance of recovering his ... read more

A Horror short story set in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Universe.Guests are arriving at the ancient castle of Mhurghast, summoned by the reclusive Count von Koeterberg. They expect a grand feast, and something more... The ambitious Baron expects to inherit the Count's wealth; the wife of a broken swordsmith hopes to revisit happier times; the fallen priest prays for a chance of recovering his ... read more

The Little Christmas Teashop of Second Chances: An utterly perfect feel good Christmas romance

Donna Ashcroft

Snow is beginning to fall around the cosy Castle Teashop, with its toasty log fire, scrumptious mince pies and delicious hot chocolates. Romance is in the air and Lily King is hoping some winter magic will help to make her dreams come true…Twenty-five-year-old Lily King is wondering when her life is going to start. She adores working at the much-loved Castle Teashop, surrounded by familiar fac... read more

Snow is beginning to fall around the cosy Castle Teashop, with its toasty log fire, scrumptious mince pies and delicious hot chocolates. Romance is in the air and Lily King is hoping some winter magic will help to make her dreams come true…Twenty-five-year-old Lily King is wondering when her life is going to start. She adores working at the much-loved Castle Teashop, surrounded by familiar fac... read more

The Little Guesthouse of New Beginnings: A gorgeously feel good and heartwarming romance to escape with

Donna Ashcroft

The Sunshine Hideaway, with its big bay windows and stunning view of Sunflower Island’s golden beaches, is the only place Madison Skylar has ever truly thought of as home. Could returning to the island be the second chance she needs? When twenty-three-year-old Madison arrives at The Sunshine Hideaway, she discovers the beautiful little guesthouse is falling into disrepair. With the help of old... read more

The Sunshine Hideaway, with its big bay windows and stunning view of Sunflower Island’s golden beaches, is the only place Madison Skylar has ever truly thought of as home. Could returning to the island be the second chance she needs? When twenty-three-year-old Madison arrives at The Sunshine Hideaway, she discovers the beautiful little guesthouse is falling into disrepair. With the help of old... read more

The Christmas Countdown: The perfect cosy feel good romance

Donna Ashcroft

It’s that time of year again, snowflakes are fluttering and the countdown to Christmas has begun! Holly Devine is returning to the only place that feels like home, hoping that some festive magic will help to turn her life around…Twenty-seven-year-old Holly Devine has just had her heart well and truly broken. Hurt by the two people she loves the most, she flees to her eccentric Aunt Clara’s cos... read more

It’s that time of year again, snowflakes are fluttering and the countdown to Christmas has begun! Holly Devine is returning to the only place that feels like home, hoping that some festive magic will help to turn her life around…Twenty-seven-year-old Holly Devine has just had her heart well and truly broken. Hurt by the two people she loves the most, she flees to her eccentric Aunt Clara’s cos... read more

The Test: Incredible Proof of the Afterlife

Stéphane Allix

A man places five objects in his father’s coffin and tells no one. Can a medium tell him what they are?Can we communicate with the dead? Some people hope it’s possible, and some are sure of it. Thousands of people consult mediums, but many wonder if their abilities are real. To find out for himself, author Stéphane Allix interviews six mediums. Without telling them that they are being tested, ... read more

A man places five objects in his father’s coffin and tells no one. Can a medium tell him what they are?Can we communicate with the dead? Some people hope it’s possible, and some are sure of it. Thousands of people consult mediums, but many wonder if their abilities are real. To find out for himself, author Stéphane Allix interviews six mediums. Without telling them that they are being tested, ... read more

Ticking Off Breast Cancer

Sara Liyanage

'Ticking Off Breast Cancer is a candid, thoughtful account of the way Sara dealt with a breast cancer diagnosis. She is one impressive woman.' -- Victoria Derbyshire Previously an expert multi-tasker in her capacity as a busy, married, forty-two-year-old mother of two, and part time lawyer commuting into London, Sara managed her life by to-do list after to-do list. However, when breast cancer ... read more

'Ticking Off Breast Cancer is a candid, thoughtful account of the way Sara dealt with a breast cancer diagnosis. She is one impressive woman.' -- Victoria Derbyshire Previously an expert multi-tasker in her capacity as a busy, married, forty-two-year-old mother of two, and part time lawyer commuting into London, Sara managed her life by to-do list after to-do list. However, when breast cancer ... read more

Mala Vida: A Novel

Marc Fernandez

Almodovar meets Orwell in this acclaimed, fast-paced contemporary noir novel exposing the most shameful secrets of the Franco era—a finalist for the Grand Prix des Lectrices d’Elle and winner of the Prix Plaidoiries pour un polar at the Festival Clameur(s) of DijonPresent-day Spain, a time of economic crisis and resurgent populist nationalism. The radical right has just won the election after ... read more

Almodovar meets Orwell in this acclaimed, fast-paced contemporary noir novel exposing the most shameful secrets of the Franco era—a finalist for the Grand Prix des Lectrices d’Elle and winner of the Prix Plaidoiries pour un polar at the Festival Clameur(s) of DijonPresent-day Spain, a time of economic crisis and resurgent populist nationalism. The radical right has just won the election after ... read more

Inferno! Volume 3

John French

The Wicked and the Damned

Josh Reynolds, David Annandale, Phil Kelly

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Austin Hornbeck
I am a new writer, and Rachel not only seemed very interested in my book, but she often communicated with me about not only the use of Reedsy, as I didn't understand the system that well, but also about editing itself, which I was very new at. Rachel went over my monster of a manuscript and showed me parts that needed rewritten, fixed, and changed and I feel my manuscript will become better b...
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Austin Hornbeck, July 2018

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