I am looking for outstanding writing across a number of genres: stand-out commercial fiction, science fiction that focuses on communities and relationships whilst the galaxy looks after itself, crime and psychological thrillers with a difference, gripping historical dramas, and beautiful nonfiction with roots in the natural world.
At Saraband I have been working mostly on production (typesetting, proofreading), ebook management, and some non-fiction editing.
Gutter Magazine is Scotland's leading magazine of new writing. My main role is looking after our subscriber base, but I also muck in for proofreading each issue.
Freight Books published some of the most exciting Scottish authors, both new and established. I managed the production, editing, and proofreading of titles.
I've worked as an editor and proofreader for a number of companies, including HarperCollins and the brightest newcomers in British publishing, 404 Ink.
From the man with a device lodged far inside his body whose batteries refuse to run out to a woman with a plunger super-glued to her vagina, In Rude Health recounts real life tales from the coal face of the NHS. From doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychiatrists and dentists come a range of eye-popping, side-splitting acts of misadventure that have had the medical profession weeping into th... read more
Poisoned. Ruined. Silenced. A family story. In 1988 Gill Fyffe undergoes a traumatic birth, requiring a blood transfusion. Over the following years, Gill struggles to raise her family as she experiences constant and extreme fatigue, at one point falling asleep at the wheel, crashing her car. When her daughter is seven she receives word from the authorities her transfusion was contaminated. She... read more
From the streets of working class Scotland, and on occasion, a little beyond our solar system, comes one of the country's most hilarious debut writers. Putting surreal and witty twists on the everyday, Chris McQueer creates recognisable characters you will love and want to avoid like the plague. Peter's earned his night off, and there s not a bloody chance he s covering Shelley's shift. He jus... read more
Published 2016 by Freight Books. Ex-review copy, good as new.
A meticulously researched, semi-fictionalised account the Mauricewood pit disaster near Edinburgh of 1889 related by seven year-old Martha and her step-mother Jess. Their accounts are given in the aftermath of the death of Martha's father and 62 others in the accident.With many of the miners families left destitute, the women of Mauricewood undertake a campaign for compensation and justice aga... read more
Doubling Back is a fascinating and moving account of walking in the footsteps of others. In 1952 Linda Cracknell's father embarked on a hike through the Swiss Alps. Fifty years later Linda retraces that fateful journey, following the trail of the man she barely knew. This collection of walking tales takes its theme from that pilgrimage. The walks trace the contours of history, following writer... read more
Attempting to escape his childhood and youth in the South Wales valleys of the 1980s, Luke drifts to a seaside town and into a marriage and fatherhood for which he is unprepared. The arrival of a stranger - his wife's troubled sister, Christine - will change each of their lives forever. Drawn into the unspoken, destructive mystery at the heart of the two women's childhoods, Luke finds his own ... read more
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Novelist and fiction editor with a decade's experience in Big Five publishing. Plus three decades' experience noodling around with words.
I specialise in structural editing and advice. I'm experienced with crime/thrillers, hist fic, spec fic and literary. Former publisher.