Rebecca Dyer

Rebecca Dyer – Editor

UK proofreader, editor and writer with 17 years' professional experience, specialising in adult and children's fiction, travel and memoirs.

Overview

I am a copy-editor and proofreader with more than 16 years of professional experience, and I would love to help you perfect your manuscript. I am particularly keen to work with travel, fiction and memoir writers but I will consider requests covering all subject areas.


Recent projects include adult and children's fiction, memoirs, self-help manuals, YA fiction, poetry, guidebooks for Lost Guides and Lonely Planet, magazines (including Harrods, Weight Watchers and Women's Weekly), websites (including Retail Week and Drapers) and newspapers (including The Independent, The Guardian, the i newspaper and The Sunday Times).


In addition, I am a writer myself, of both fiction and memoir, and have had short stories published in anthologies by Spread the Word, Writefluence and the Parracombe Prize. As someone who writes myself, I understand the perspective of authors seeking editors and will aim to handle your work with both the sensitivity and honesty it deserves.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing Self-Help & Self-Improvement Travel
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • BA (1st Class Hons) Communications and Cultural Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism

Work experience

Self-employed

Apr, 2016 — Present

I provide a freelance editing and proofreading service for books, magazines, websites, newspapers and journals in London and remotely.

I have considerable experience editing children's fiction, both poetry and prose. I have also proofread and copy-edited many adult fiction and non-fiction manuscripts for Reedsy, SilverWood Books and directly for authors. These include the children's novels The Goblins of Camdur and Beyond, The Phantom Archer and The Iguana's Tail, the historical novel Sandra Eden's War, the YA novel Blonde Bitch, the memoir Cutie and the self-help book The Time Is Now.

My other clients include The Guardian, Lonely Planet, Lost Guides, Immediate Media (pre-school magazines), The Independent, ShortList, Retail Week, Drapers, Woman's Weekly (including short stories), Harrods Magazine and The Sunday Times, among many others. For a complete list, please see my LinkedIn profile.

The Independent

Jan, 2016 — Apr, 2016 (3 months)

As a sub-editor at The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i newspapers, my role involved sub-editing news, features, reviews and comment pieces for all three national newspapers and their supplements. Subjects ranged from national and international news to business, travel, entertainment and food.

Drapers

Sep, 2014 — Jan, 2016 (over 1 year)

In this role, I sub-edited news, features and comment pieces for the industry magazine and accompanying website Drapers, which covers all aspects of fashion business from supply chain and manufacturing to the collections themselves. Brands and retailers covered ranged from high street names to designer labels and independents.

Weight Watchers Magazine

Feb, 2010 — Sep, 2014 (over 4 years)

As senior sub-editor and then chief sub-editor at Weight Watchers Magazine, a monthly newsstand and customer title published by River, my role involved editing all pages of the magazine, including success stories, recipes, fitness and health features, and writing advertorials as required.

Children & Young People Now

Nov, 2007 — Feb, 2010 (over 2 years)

My role involved editing news and features for this then weekly trade magazine and website. As senior sub-editor, I worked on articles covering all aspects of working with children and young people, including social care, education, health and youth justice.

Portfolio

Proofreading
Copy Editing
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Blonde Bitch

Shaw, Annabelle

Proofreading
Proofreading
Copy Editing
Cutie

Douglas, Beverley

Proofreading
Lost Guides – Tokyo & Beyond is a travel guide book that aims to help even the most seasoned of traveler to unlock the mystery and magic of Japan. Starting with the capital city Tokyo, the boo... read more
Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing
Proofreading
Proofreading
Changing Gears

Dando, Mark

Proofreading
Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Copy Editing
The Iguana's Tail

Burgess, Maxine

Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Kosmic and Raven

Melanie Jeyakkumar

Kosmic and Raven are two cats with wings who had never met until one eventful day when an escape attempt goes horribly wrong. One must rescue the other, but he needs to learn how to fly first!... read more
Proofreading

Rebecca has 18 reviews

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Battista E.

Battista E.

Apr, 2024

Rebecca was excellent to work with and gave very insightful feedback for my novel. She answered questions beautifully and promptly. It was a pleasure working with her and I confidently recommend her for any project. Though my book was somewhat of an odd one, and I myself am new to long format writing, Rebecca was patient and knew exactly what to do. She is a true professional!
Rebecca D.
Thank you very much! It was a pleasure working with you, Battista.
Knabstruppers O.

Knabstruppers O.

Oct, 2022

Rebecca certainly deserves 5 stars. She did a wonderful job of proofreading my manuscript and I learned a good deal from her careful corrections. She also answered all my questions and even did some development editing which was incredibly helpful. I cannot recommend her highly enough—a big 'thank you' Rebecca! (Exclamation mark intended—I would have put a smiling emoji but that's not possi...
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Rebecca D.
Thank you very much – it was a pleasure working with you!
natalie S.

natalie S.

May, 2022

I used Rebecca to proofread my novel and she did a fantastic job. Her attention to detail was brilliant and she clearly explained any changes which has been so helpful. She was honest about her deadline and answered any communications quickly. She even went a bit beyond her role as a proofreader by making a few suggestions where elements didn't make sense. I would highly recommend her and hope ...
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Rebecca D.
Thank you, Natalie! It was a pleasure to work on your novel and I wish you all the best with it.
Sue V.

Sue V.

Nov, 2021

Rebecca is great to work with. She pays meticulous attention to the manuscript and provides invaluable feedback. She answers all questions quickly and thoroughly. Rebecca has made me realise how much a book can benefit from a professional edit and I wouldn't hesitate to contact her again.
Rebecca D.
Thank you so much – it's a pleasure to work with you.
Robyn H.

Robyn H.

Jun, 2021

Rebecca as always is perfection to work with, thank you

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