I have the proven expertise to help you craft the best possible version of your work to give it maximum impact on a publisher’s desk. 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 rewrites in places where it appears thin. 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 recently made into a highly-regarded horror movie starring Rafe Spall, has this to say about our professional relationship:
"While working as editor in traditional publishing from 2005 until 2016, I continuously hired Robin Seavill as a proofreader (of text and design) and occasionally as a copy editor too, for fiction and non-fiction titles. Since 2016 I have continued to commission Robin as a proofreader for my own work and indie publishing venture.
"Of all of the freelancers I have hired for managing editorial, Robin was always one of only two freelancers that I contacted first to check on their availability. 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. As well as first-class language skills, the best proofreaders and copy editors also possess strong editorial instincts; they have an affinity with writers and understand the need for clarity. My confidence in Robin has not wavered. With my own Indie publishing venture, as I am the sole investor in managing editorial and production, I really do use the best people that I have worked with in the past. Before I even began preparing the first title, I contacted Robin.
"Robin is also a very clever chap; his broad general knowledge has often been indispensable during the editorial process at proof-stage. Additionally, our long-standing working relationship has always been warm and cordial."
Adam Nevill (Virgin Books, Avon, Ritual Limited, and author of Some Will Not Sleep and Hasty for the Dark).
Proofreading and copy editing for numerous UK publishers including Harlequin, HarperCollins, Little, Brown, Piatkus, Quercus, Ritual Limited, Sutton Publishing and Virgin.
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.
Oversaw the successful relaunch of this premier full-colour glossy lifestyle magazine for the southwest of England.
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.
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 the award-winning and widely appreciated British writer of horror fiction, Adam L. G. Nevill. The author's best horror stories from 2009 t... 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, DI Richard Poole.Supermodel Polly Carter was famed for her looks and party-girl lifestyle. Now she's dead, apparently having thrown herse... 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, with just the last chapter of the follow-up book to write, she encounters crippling writer’s block. She has no idea how her story ends…... read more
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 plush Park Avenue apartment, Lieutenant Eve Dallas grapples with just one question: a crime of passion or a cold extermination?Things d... 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.
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, Selina's friend and co-star Billy Moffatt disappears and is later found dead in the chapel grounds. Kate can't help but dig deeper and soon l... 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 make a bucket list of her new life goals by best friend Marie, it’s not long before travel-virgin Georgia’s packing her bags for a long-... 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 city where corruption is king - asks for his help in solving a baffling murder case, he cannot help but become involved. The mangled bo... 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 when a body is discovered in the wreckage, killed by a bullet before the bomb went off, Singh should be the one to find the answers - es... 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. Then he took over the project and took off. When Cruz walks back into her life and requests a private meeting, Lyra convinces herself h... 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 Paris on 31 August 1997 there have been more questions than answers about the crash that killed her, despite lengthy official French and Br... 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.Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson has discovered a number of skeletons in nearby Tailors Court that bear marks of dissection and might b... read more
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 open his own detective agency. As the pair travel to Middlesborough and Whitby, the investigation unfolds, and their attention is brough... 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 character for ‘justice’ carved into the chest.The moment Inspector Danilov lays eyes on the dismembered body, he realises that he has an ... 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’ marriage. Tortured by memories, Lucy was left to battle her grief while raising her remaining son alone.Now, Jack’s killer has walked f... 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 for excitement wherever they can find it, and the more varied and kinky the better. It's not long before they set their sights on number ... 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 -trophies ripped from two recently butchered friends. Someone, it seems, knows what Judas did on that fateful night following the Last S... 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 something fundamental at the heart of twentieth-century America. Thomson's revealing portrait is a timely reminder of the stature and ach... 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 woman he wants. But when the only girl he would have considered marrying ties the knot with someone else, Alec realises he doesn't want ... 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 Elves, the Dwarves and the Humans and the Älfar.The other three all know the Älfar to be dark, relentless warriors, set on conquest; they ... 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 Inspector Andreas Kaldis is called upon to find the killer.Andreas's impolitic search for answers brings him face-to-face with a scandal h... 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 available in print for the first time, including: "Phantom Lover" "A Dark-Hunter Christmas" "Love Bytes" "A Hard Day's Night Searcher" And many ... 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 BRIDEMystical and unfettered, Nicoletta has no terror of ancient curses and no fear of marriage . . . until she looks into the dark mesm... 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", the reviews in this guide are the most comprehensive and in-depth around. Including a wealth of new photos, sidebars and fascinating and h... 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 falling prey to a lethal batch of crystal meth?Chief Inspector Van den Bergen calls on criminologist Georgina McKenzie to help him solve this ... read more
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, weak Grace is left all alone.One pastor’s daughterRescued from the orphanage by a violent pastor, the sense of abandonment haunts Grace st... 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 will you survive?HOW WILL THE WORLD CHANGE WHEN THE DEAD BEGIN TO RISE?Stoker-award-winning author Christopher Golden has assembled an o... 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 undercover recruit – and the best lover she ever had.In the time since he left, she has forced herself to move on. So when news reaches her... 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 many newspapers and magazines including The Times and Sunday Times, Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, Independent... 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 death, Monty decides to use his formidable nose to track the killer down.Luckily he manages to find a home with Rose Sidebottom, the young... read more
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