Robin Seavill

Robin Seavill – Editor

Twenty years' experience in commercial fiction and non-fiction for such publishers as HarperCollins, Virgin, Harlequin and Little, Brown.

Overview

I’m here to help you craft the best possible version of your work to give it maximum impact all the way from the publisher’s desk through to the reader’s soul. This includes everything from basic grammar and spelling to the more complex areas of character, plot and structure.

Viewing your material with a fresh eye, I can suggest cuts where the prose may be too dense, or beefing up where it appears weak or unconvincing. And any corrections will be carried out with sensitivity to the original tone of the piece and your unique authorial voice.

Writers whose books I've worked on include David Solomons, author of Not Another Happy Ending, which was later filmed with Karen Gillan in the lead, and Robert Thorogood, creator of TV series Death in Paradise. Adam Nevill, whose novel The Ritual was made into a highly-regarded 2017 horror movie starring Rafe Spall, recalls:

"When I was an extremely busy editor of over 80 titles per year at Virgin Books, Robin had the expertise and experience that always gave me peace of mind with my authors’ work at proof-stage. Robin is also a very clever chap; his broad general knowledge has often been indispensable during the editorial process.”

More recent clients have said this:

“Truly a professional. The quality of work was out of this world, it is all I could ever ask for. If I could give 6 stars in communication and punctuality I would give 7.”
L.S. Goozdich, Frozen Wrath, 2022

“Robin did a stellar job. His thorough approach to editing, eye for detail, professionalism, value for money, communication and punctuality have exceeded my expectations. I'll definitely use his services again.”
Quinlan Mason, Winds of Sirocco, 2021

“Outstanding. Robin is the consummate professional. His suggestions are very helpful. His insights are spot on and his responsiveness is unmatched.”
Frank Napolitano, Day of Days: September 11, 2001, 2021

“Robin was absolutely the man for this job. He was patient, thorough, knowledgeable and went the extra mile. He was also fun to interact with.”
Carol Blackwood, Angels of Death, 2020

“Finding Robin here on Reedsy was like finding gold.”
Heather Stretch, The Brigandshaw Chronicles, 2019

Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Psychological Thriller
Non-Fiction
Art Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment True Crime
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • BA (Hons) degree in Modern Languages (French & German), St John's College, Oxford

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 2001 — Present

Proofreading and copy editing for numerous publishers including Embla, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Kamba Publishing Little, Brown, Piatkus, Quercus, Ritual Limited Sutton Publishing and Virgin.
Author of How To Write Erotica: A Guide (Mills and Boon, 2013)

Press Association

Jul, 2002 — Nov, 2021 (over 19 years)

Writing, editing, proofing and formatting every kind of puzzle for a wide range of national and international newspapers and magazines, both in print and online.

Bath & West Life magazine

Apr, 1997 — Jul, 1999 (about 2 years)

Oversaw the successful relaunch of this premier full-colour glossy lifestyle magazine for the southwest of England.

Proscenium Theatre Publications Ltd

Apr, 1994 — Apr, 1997 (almost 3 years)

Commissioned, wrote and edited a wide range of articles for theatre programmes throughout the UK including: Theatre Royal, Bath; West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; Theatr Clwyd, Mold; Waterfront Hall, Belfast.

Portfolio

Murder harboured no bigotry, no bias. It subscribed to no class system. In its gleeful, deadly way, murder turned a blind eye.Scandalous death sells papers. But as the media frenzy feeds on the wealthy Thomas Anders, strangled to death with black velvet in his... read more
Sometimes love needs a rewriteThe stunning romantic comedy from David Solomans, Winner of the 2016 Waterstones Children’s Book PrizeWith her debut novel, Happy Ending, JANE LOCKHART pulled off that rare double – critical acclaim and mainstream success.But now,... read more
‘Deftly entertaining … satisfyingly pushes all the requisite Agatha Christie-style buttons’- Barry Forshaw, THE INDEPENDENTAn original story from the creator and writer of the hit BBC One TV series, Death in Paradise, featuring on-screen favourite detective, D... read more
These selected terrors range from the speculative to supernatural horror, encompass the infernal and the occult, and include stories inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, Robert Aickman and Ramsey Campbell.Hasty for the Dark is the second short story collection from th... read more
A traitor to some, a hero to others. It seems as if Eunan has succeeded beyond his wildest imagination. Once a lowly upstart, now part of the Maguire nobility and married to the woman of his dreams, the flames of the rebellion he continues to hold so dear also... read more
Lukas Stolz, an ex-East German maths guru is shot dead outside the Hotel Napoli in Milan. Lieutenant Raphael Conza of the Guardia di Finanza is presented with conflicting evidence and a potential case of mistaken identity. His investigations lead him to Nyala ... read more
A psychological suspense novel set in Colorado. Pete Longer's life is in a death spiral. His salvation, mysterious Sarah, who found Peter in a church pew, has gone missing. If he doesn't find her, his alter ego will see that they both will suffer a cruel death... read more
The Boer War. Two best friends. Divided by war. For fans of Wilbur Smith’s Courtney Series, Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge novels, Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles and books from Tony Park, comes an electrifying series with a family you won’t want to forget. You... read more
Introducing loveable dog detective Monty – the must-have book this Christmas!You might think that dogs can’t understand us…but you’d be wrong.Apart from an obsession with cheese, Monty is a perfectly rational animal. So when his beloved master is stabbed to de... read more
This complete guide to buying, selling and renting a home in the UK has been written by Ben West, whose has been property editor of the Daily Express and the Sunday Express, had a weekly property column in the Financial Times and has written on property for ma... read more
‘an intense story of betrayal, danger and reconnection.’ – Obsessed with MyshelfA heartracing romantic suspense thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.It’s been four years since Armando Torres disappeared. He was DEA agent Beth Thomson’s best und... read more
RESURRECTION! The hungry dead have risen. They shamble down the street. They hide in back yards, car lots, shopping malls. They devour neighbors, dogs and police officers. And they are here to stay. The real question is, what are you going to do about it? How ... read more
Black Diamond

Havana A.

Two sisters.The PRETTY one.And the OTHER one…Abandoned at birth, identical twin baby girls lie side by side in an orphanage cot.Until the arrival of Hollywood film star Scarlet Wilde, desperate to adopt a baby.Chubby beautiful Lola is the chosen one.Sickly, we... read more
The fourth gripping thriller in the Georgina McKenzie series.Amsterdam: a city where sex sells and drugs come easy. Four dead bodies have been pulled from the canals – and that number’s rising fast. Is a serial killer on the loose? Or are young clubbers fallin... read more
This revised and updated edition, brought to you by Britain's biggest-selling movie magazine, contains over 100 brand-new reviews including all the biggest and best films of the last 12 months. Written with the passion and humour you'd expect from "Empire", th... read more
THE BEASTStrange, twisted carvings and hideous gargoyles adorn the palazzo of the great Scarletti family. But a still more fearful secret lurks within its storm-tossed turrets. For every bride who enters its forbidding walls is doomed to leave in a casket.THE ... read more
This collection from Sherrilyn Kenyon features all the beloved Dark-Hunter short stories that she's written over the years, as well as a new, previously unreleased story! Stories that have been published exclusively on Sherrilyn's website will also be availabl... read more
St John wrote the apocalyptic Book of Revelation over 1900 years ago in a cave on Greece's eastern Aegean island of Patmos. When a revered monk from that holy island's thousand-year-old monastery is murdered in Patmos's town square during Easter Week, Chief In... read more
The third in the fast-and-furious fantasy adventure The Legends of the Älfar: the worlds of the dark elves and the dwarves collide in what Malazan Empire calls 'Tolkien with a dash of Gemmell and a sprinkling of George R.R. Martin'.There are four races: the El... read more
Lord Alec Knight, the most daring and handsome rogue in all of London, is a smooth-talking aristocrat who has left a trail of broken-hearted ladies in his wake. With his irresistible wit, lucky hand at the gaming tables, and enticing charisma, he can have any ... read more
In this intimate and engaging biography, Graeme Thomson interviews Nelson himself, his band and those who knew him best en route to discovering the real Willie Nelson. The Outlaw brilliantly describes a complex and compelling man whose life and music reflect s... read more
The price of betrayal is more than thirty pieces of silver.Two days after Jesus Christ's crucifixion, Judas Iscariot receives an anonymous note stating, I know what you did. Wrapped with it is an eye, complete with trailing optic nerve, and a splintered tooth ... read more
Sheila Moss moves into suburban Spartan Street to lead a quiet, respectable life with a handful of lodgers for company.But she soon discovers that her glossy neighbours, bored with their perfect lifestyles and their absent husbands, are on the prowl, hunting f... read more
Every parent’s worst nightmare… Eight years ago, Lucy and Ethan Randall’s little boy, Jack, was abducted and murdered by teenager Terry Prince. A moment’s distraction had ripped a family apart – and with the loss of their son came the collapse of the Randalls’... read more
Shanghai, 1928. The body of a blonde is washed up on the Beach of Dead Babies, in the heart of the smog-filled city. Seemingly a suicide, a closer inspection reveals a darker motive: the corpse has been weighed down, it’s lower half mutilated…and the Chinese c... read more
The Locket

Jessica B.

When Emily Thornton discovers a will linked with the murder of a sea captain in Hull in the 1860's, she is determined to discover what happened - but a vital witness is missing. So, Emily enlists the help of Thomas Laycock, a young man who has come to Hull to ... read more
When Dr James Dalcott is shot dead in his cottage it looks very much like an execution. And as DI Wesley Peterson begins piecing together the victim's life, he finds that the well-liked country doctor has been harbouring strange and dramatic family secrets.Mea... read more
Was Diana murdered? Was the British Royal family involved? Was she pregnant and engaged to Dodi? Did the paparazzi or 'a blinding white flash' cause the crash? Was driver Henri Paul really drunk or were his blood tests switched?Since Princess Diana died in Par... read more
Three months ago, Lyra Dore suffered a heartbreak and a hostile takeover - both at the hands of the same man. A descendant of her ancestors' fierce rival. Cruz Sweetwater charmed his way into Lyra's heart and gained access to her pet project, an amethyst ruin.... read more
Inspector Singh is back, but this time on secondment to Bali. A bomb has exploded and Singh has been sent to help with anti-terrorism efforts. But there's a slight problem: he knows squat about hunting terrorists. He's much better suited to solving murder! So ... read more
Ex-Flying Squad cop Jake Moore's career was cut short by a bullet; ten years on, he runs a game fishing business that is about to go to the wall. But old habits die hard, and when cerebral Mombasa detective Daniel Jouma - seemingly the only good policeman in a... read more
‘Brilliant, life-affirming, perfect escapism.’HeatWhat if you had a second chance… to find yourself?Instead of slipping on her something borrowed and tripping up the aisle to wedded bliss, Georgia spends her big day wondering where it all went wrong.Forced to ... read more
Yorkshire, 1927. Eclipse fever grips the nation, and when beloved theatre star Selina Fellini approaches trusted sleuth Kate Shackleton to accompany her to a viewing party at Giggleswick School Chapel, Kate suspects an ulterior motive.During the eclipse, Selin... read more
Winning the 1992 Best Actor Oscar for his chilling performance as Dr Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs overwhelmingly confirmed Anthony Hopkins' star status.

Robin has 46 reviews

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Tom T.

Tom T.

May, 2023

Working with Robin was a pleasure. He provided prompt and detailed feedback on my work and offered good insight and opinion. Would highly recommend.
Robin S.
Thanks for the work, Tom. I hope the book does well for you.
Paul R.

Paul R.

Apr, 2023

Robin was very accommodating and showed a great depth of understanding of the unique challenges our project required. Thanks for all you did for us Robin!
Robin S.
My pleasure, Paul. It was certainly one of my more unusual commissions, and required the exercise of certain muscles I haven't used in quite some time. But that was no bad thing and I feel fitter a...
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L.S. G.

L.S. G.

Apr, 2023

This is my second time working with Mr. Seavill and I am just as happy. I can't say it enough, this man is the most punctual, professional, and thorough individual. I feel honored and blessed to have him working on my novels. He helped my debut thriller Frozen Wrath get to the top of the charts in Men's Adventure Fiction on Amazon. His work really helped make me look good! Do yourself a favor a...
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Robin S.
Luke, your success is all down to you. Your talent, your professionalism and your positive attitude are second to none and I'm absolutely delighted you're getting the recognition you deserve. You l...
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Jack R.

Jack R.

Apr, 2023

What a pleasure to have worked with Robin - I can't wait to do so again. As well as delivering any work promptly, he was flexible and understanding when dealing with my pestering and any delays on my end. His curiosity and enthusiasm are infectious; he gave me terrific references, recommendations, and brilliant, thoughtful answers to all of my questions. I would urge any other writers - aspi...
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Robin S.
Thanks, Jack. The travel memoir can be a tricky genre to get right, but I felt you had the requisite mix of personality, humour, skill and humility to pull it off, which is why I took the job. (Plu...
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Phil G.

Phil G.

Mar, 2023

Robin was a pleasure to work with. Punctual and precise. He was never intrusive and preserved the integrity of my narrative voice. He pointed out things I had never thought about, which made my work smoother and more solid and professional.
Robin S.
Thanks for that, Phil. You tell a tough tale that takes us to some very dark places. If you want to go again, you know where to find me.