Richard Bradburn

Richard Bradburn - Editor

Cork, Ireland

Professional accredited fiction editor with extensive experience across a wide range of genres, specialising in developmental editing.

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Overview

I'm a professionally accredited freelance editor working primarily with indie-publishing authors. Before I was an editor, I was a writer, writing YA, paranormal and fantasy, so I know what it's like on both sides of the desk. This insight has given me a great understanding of what it's like to be edited. One client was kind enough to say that, having been afraid of editors before, working with me had "turned that dread into an immensely positive and cherished experience".
However, I'm tough, and will say exactly what I think a book needs if it's to succeed in fulfilling the author's ambition (which might be to be a New York Times bestseller, or might just be to create a book to give to the grandchildren). Several clients have gone on to sign with agents and get book deals with big-5 publishers, so the process works, no matter how high your level of ambition!
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • SfEP Professional Member
  • Publaunch approved supplier
  • ALLi approved supplier
  • Indpendent Publishers Guild Partner member

Awards

  • Client short-listed for Bath Novel Award

Work experience

Managing Editor

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (over 6 years)

Experienced professional editor in all fiction genres other than religious. Have written for middle grade and young adult. Authors have gone on to be shortlisted for major awards, have Amazon bestsellers and been picked up by agents and/or big-5 publishers.
All editing undertaken, from coaching, developmental or line editing, copy-editing and proofreading. Manuscript assessments, synopsis, blurb and query letter assessment.
Please see the attached portfolio for a broad spread of fiction genres.

In-house editor

Amazon
January, 2014 – January, 2015 (about 1 year)

In-house editor for Amazon's Writeon online platform, giving author critiques on contributors' submissions to the platform. Formed the inspiration for the popular OpeningLines writing website that started in 2018.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Secrets at Ocean's Edge: The top ten bestseller

Kali Napier

The secrets that bind a family can also destroy a family. The absorbing story of a guesthouse keeper and his wife who attempt to start over, from devastatingly talented debut author Kali Napier'An intense tale of a family's heart-rending search for belonging' The Australian Women's Weekly'One of the best books I've read this year. I am still thinking about it' MELISSA ASHLEY, The Birdman's Wif... read more

The secrets that bind a family can also destroy a family. The absorbing story of a guesthouse keeper and his wife who attempt to start over, from devastatingly talented debut author Kali Napier'An intense tale of a family's heart-rending search for belonging' The Australian Women's Weekly'One of the best books I've read this year. I am still thinking about it' MELISSA ASHLEY, The Birdman's Wif... read more

Bad Napkin

T. Sharman

The young adult comedy about love, lies and lists.“. . .this delightful, quirky book . . . A zany and satisfying story for fans of YA tales that pack as much humor as they do heart.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review) When Sophy’s backpack is turtled, Russ finds a plus-minus list on a napkin stuck to the bottom of a copy of The Catcher in the Rye. He knows with certainty Sophy wrote it about hi... read more

The young adult comedy about love, lies and lists.“. . .this delightful, quirky book . . . A zany and satisfying story for fans of YA tales that pack as much humor as they do heart.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review) When Sophy’s backpack is turtled, Russ finds a plus-minus list on a napkin stuck to the bottom of a copy of The Catcher in the Rye. He knows with certainty Sophy wrote it about hi... read more

Neon Martini: House Speaker Jack Gould is a cocktail olive away from the presidency

Mike Hogan

In the aftermath of his chaotic ninety-nine-day administration, the ex-president escapes a blizzard of House committee hearings and grand jury investigations in Washington for a vacation in Moscow. While he arm-wrestles President Putin for world domination, his successor struggles to repair America’s shattered international relations and reunite a country riven by political, religious and ethn... read more

In the aftermath of his chaotic ninety-nine-day administration, the ex-president escapes a blizzard of House committee hearings and grand jury investigations in Washington for a vacation in Moscow. While he arm-wrestles President Putin for world domination, his successor struggles to repair America’s shattered international relations and reunite a country riven by political, religious and ethn... read more

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Sam McColl

Edinburgh is meant to be a new start for the Gillespie family. Rachel has enrolled as a mature student at the university, while Andrew is spending more time with the kids. But Rachel's 'new start' morphs into 'new affair' with fellow student Ryan. Or is it Stevie? Either way, her lover is not what he seems. When his past surfaces in the guise of a name on a library ticket, the affair turns nas... read more

Edinburgh is meant to be a new start for the Gillespie family. Rachel has enrolled as a mature student at the university, while Andrew is spending more time with the kids. But Rachel's 'new start' morphs into 'new affair' with fellow student Ryan. Or is it Stevie? Either way, her lover is not what he seems. When his past surfaces in the guise of a name on a library ticket, the affair turns nas... read more

Between the Lies: A gripping psychological thriller

A J WILLS

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO PROTECT THE ONES YOU LOVE?A web of deceit. A life built on a lie. And a woman trying to atone for the wrongs of her past. Jez was only trying to protect his family.He didn’t mean to kill the intruder who broke in late one night.Maybe he should have called someone – but Alice didn’t want the police prying into their lives.Now she’s disappeared. Maybe with good reason.But... read more

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO PROTECT THE ONES YOU LOVE?A web of deceit. A life built on a lie. And a woman trying to atone for the wrongs of her past. Jez was only trying to protect his family.He didn’t mean to kill the intruder who broke in late one night.Maybe he should have called someone – but Alice didn’t want the police prying into their lives.Now she’s disappeared. Maybe with good reason.But... read more

Forged in Flames: action packed thriller (Mason and Sterling Novella Book 1)

David Beckler

Introduction to a nail-biting new thriller series which will have you on the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of Lee Child, J. B. Turner, Mark Dawson and David Baldacci.Manchester, England 1996Ex-Royal Marine and Firefighter, Adam Sterling, rescues Kim from an inferno. She reminds him of someone in his past.Kim is being targeted by a violent arsonist, but why? She’s in witness protection, b... read more

Introduction to a nail-biting new thriller series which will have you on the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of Lee Child, J. B. Turner, Mark Dawson and David Baldacci.Manchester, England 1996Ex-Royal Marine and Firefighter, Adam Sterling, rescues Kim from an inferno. She reminds him of someone in his past.Kim is being targeted by a violent arsonist, but why? She’s in witness protection, b... read more

The Money Trap: A tense gripping crime thriller (Mason and Sterling Novella Book 2)

David Beckler

Introduction to a nail-biting new thriller series which will have you on the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of Lee Child, J. B. Turner, Mark Dawson and David Baldacci.London, England 1996Ex-Royal Marine Byron Mason is used to fighting for survival, but when he comes up against Gideon Metzler, a ruthless financier, he’s out of his comfort zone. He’s building a successful business to suppor... read more

Introduction to a nail-biting new thriller series which will have you on the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of Lee Child, J. B. Turner, Mark Dawson and David Baldacci.London, England 1996Ex-Royal Marine Byron Mason is used to fighting for survival, but when he comes up against Gideon Metzler, a ruthless financier, he’s out of his comfort zone. He’s building a successful business to suppor... read more

Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston: The Jubilee Plot

Mike Hogan

June 1887. As the climax of her Golden Jubilee celebrations, Queen Victoria will join more than fifty foreign monarchs and heads of state, her peers of the realm and her ministers in a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. Spymasters in the newly created Special (Irish) Branch of Scotland Yard inform the Prime Minister that blood-oath Irish Republican fanatics vow to wipe out the Queen... read more

June 1887. As the climax of her Golden Jubilee celebrations, Queen Victoria will join more than fifty foreign monarchs and heads of state, her peers of the realm and her ministers in a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. Spymasters in the newly created Special (Irish) Branch of Scotland Yard inform the Prime Minister that blood-oath Irish Republican fanatics vow to wipe out the Queen... read more

Sherlock Holmes & Young Winston: The Deadwood Stage (SH&YW)

Mike Hogan

In the spring of 1887, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson find a cuckoo in their comfortable nest at 221b Baker Street when, after a chance encounter in Hyde Park, 12-year-old Winston Spencer-Churchill is dumped on them by his far from doting mother, Lady Randolph. Winston blossoms under the affectionate, if occasionally wary care of Watson. His developing detective skills and connections in So... read more

In the spring of 1887, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson find a cuckoo in their comfortable nest at 221b Baker Street when, after a chance encounter in Hyde Park, 12-year-old Winston Spencer-Churchill is dumped on them by his far from doting mother, Lady Randolph. Winston blossoms under the affectionate, if occasionally wary care of Watson. His developing detective skills and connections in So... read more

Hamlet & Me

Mike Hogan

Mikey Cleary is a bright boy from a working class, Anglo-Irish family who lives in a confusion of worlds, each with its own senseless rules and bizarre inhabitants.Why does police sergeant 'Killer' Wells chase Jim the Bookie and never catch him? Why won't Mikey's father talk about the War? The streets around Mikey's house were flattened by the German bombers just twenty years before and everyo... read more

Mikey Cleary is a bright boy from a working class, Anglo-Irish family who lives in a confusion of worlds, each with its own senseless rules and bizarre inhabitants.Why does police sergeant 'Killer' Wells chase Jim the Bookie and never catch him? Why won't Mikey's father talk about the War? The streets around Mikey's house were flattened by the German bombers just twenty years before and everyo... read more

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Perry Wilcox
Richard was lovely to work with. I was unsure of what type of editing I needed and he clarified that for me right away so I wasn't spending a load of money on something I may not have needed. My age wasn't a problem to him and despite realising how difficult my manuscript was, he still completed the edit on time and with quality.

Perry Wilcox, March 2021

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